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Address: 1.5 Km north of the A91, East of Stirling, Dollar FK14 7PP , Scotland
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Description: Dramatically situated above Dollar Glen is the forbidding looking...
Dramatically situated above Dollar Glen is the forbidding looking 15th-century fortress, Castle Campbell. The castle was the lowland stronghold of the powerful Campbell earls of Argyll, who were seldom far from the major political and religious events of late medieval Scotland. Attractive terraced gardens.The imposing ruin stands in solemn isolation upon a narrow ridge, overlooked by a crescent of the Ochil Hills. Two precipitous ravines hem it on either side, through which thunder the Burn of Care and the Burn of Sorrow. The setting couldn’t be more dramatic.The oldest part of the stone castle was built in the early 15th century. At that time it was called ‘Castle Glume’. Around 1465 it passed through marriage to Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll. This powerful Highland chief needed a secure but impressive Lowland seat at the heart of the realm, within easy reach of the main centres of the royal court. Castle Glume fitted the bill perfectly. In 1489, the earl changed the name to Castle Campbell. And there the Campbells stayed for the next 200 years, until they tired of all those steps and relocated to Argyll’s Lodging, a fine townhouse beside Stirling Castle.
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Now my Favourite Scottish Castle!

We always visit our favourite Scottish castle (Stirling) but this year fancied a change, and decided on Castle Campbell. What a great choice. This castle is the stuff of fairy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We always visit our favourite Scottish castle (Stirling) but this year fancied a change, and decided on Castle Campbell. What a great choice. This castle is the stuff of fairy tales, set in a beautiful location and full of history, and all the nooks and crannies that all the best castles should have. The views across the glen are fabulous... More 

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Tintagel, , United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We came here on the recommendation of the cottage owner where we were staying. Beautiful scenery as you walk up through the Glen but if you find walking difficult you can drive up to the castle. The castle has stunning grounds & impressive views. Not to be missed if, like us, you love castles!

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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We did this as part of the 'Tower Trail' which was mostly a disappointment. This is the jewel in the crown of that tour. While many of the other castles or towers on the route are closed almost all, or all, of the time, this is open every day with regular visiting hours. It's been well looked after by Historic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Very tidy bit of a steep climb by the road plenty to see and staff friendly tea room was clean and cosy for a nice rest

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Gdynia, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Castle ruins? Check. Well-preserved interiors? Nope. Location providing nice panoramic view? Check. Access to the top of the tower? Check. So we got a standard package in place. Why above average rating then? It is Dollar Glen that is the answer - just park the car in the first car park (avoid leaving stuff at display, noone watches the car... More 

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Nice castle, situated on the top of the hill above Dollar. Interesting, nice. I used the historical Scotland pass so the entrance was free. It deserve to be visited; I recommend to walk the path in the wood from Dollar to the castle... It's wonderful. Nice!!

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Me and my Fiancé came from over the across the Forth, the weather was typically wet but driving up to the castle the area was gorgeous, plants and wildlife on the Glen, it's stunning even in poor weather. We had a walk outside the Castle boundaries and it would be a great area to go a long walk. Waterfalls and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Walk up glen is worth it if you are fit and it is not too wet when you come down from the path from the bottom car park you will come to a fork.both ways will get you to the castle which is highly recommended if you turn right however it's significantly shorter and not as strenuous.you can go one... More 

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Dollar, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The castle is accessed either by walking around from the car park or by one of the walks up through the glen. If you have the time and the weather, the glen walk is recommended. The castle remains are neatly maintained with pretty gardens overlooking the glen and the village. It's worth climbing up the spiral staircase to get the... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I wish I had had access to mobile internet before visiting( no signal in the area)but being away from home and deciding to visit here on the spur of the moment I was unable to do any research before my visit. The castle itself was really nice but the climb to it was brutal, I have a chronic muscle/joint condition... More 

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