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Address: 1.5 Km north of the A91, East of Stirling, Dollar FK14 7PP , Scotland
Phone Number: 01259 742408
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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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Even though it was a wee bit of a walk up the Dollar Glen, it certainly was worthwhile visiting this castle. The setting is wonderful and with great views of Dollar and the glen... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Lacombe, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Even though it was a wee bit of a walk up the Dollar Glen, it certainly was worthwhile visiting this castle. The setting is wonderful and with great views of Dollar and the glen. Trees were just greening up, so leaves did not block any views. Well worth the 5.5 pounds per person. I like it that this location was... More 

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
80 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

From the minute you see the castle, you know it is steeped in history. The journey up can be by car , foot or wooded glen. Whichever you choose, you win!! The staff are the friendliest,we have met on our visits. They were genuinely pleased to see visitors and were a wealth of information. Castle itself is only partly accessible... More 

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Leeds
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It is a steep climb up the hill to the castle, which is not suitable for cars. Well worth it for the view from the top of the castle.

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Brampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We were recommended to go as it's a good day out and a good place for a picnic. Firstly the signage once you get into close proximity isn't great, we drove past the turning, very small sign. Once parked up in the first car park, it doesn't say you can drive up the hill further to the actual car park... More 

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perth uk
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I took my grandchildren on saturday in the rain and they thoroughly enjoyed it. The walks around the castle can be muddy so it is best for children to wear boots if they have them. The views are lovely. Our kids are 3 years and 7 years old and they managed the paths, probably better than us when we were... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was the first real castle I visited as a boy. It's authenticity still holds 40+ years later. For those feeling energetic the walk up castle road and down the glen is a welcome addition to the excursion.

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Dollar, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Such a beautiful castle. The grounds are well maintained and the views and surrounding walks are just lovely. Gentleman working today was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!

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Larbert, null, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The walk up to the castle can be quite hard going , though truely worth it , the view is amazing and the castle worth seeing, the staff are very friendly and have a good knowledge of the history of this castle.

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York
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220 reviews 220 reviews
85 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My husband and I walked up the glen from Dollar, a long but beautiful walk to the top, where the castle sits. The lady in the shop/ticket entrance was very welcoming and helpful, giving us a little talk about the castle before we went round. There is a lovely 360 degrees view from the roof and many opportunities to view... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

We visited on the St Andrew's day weekend, parking just out of Dollar and then approaching the castle from up the hill behind from which there are stunning views of the Firth of Forth. The custodian in the ticket office was very pleasant and helpful and we enjoyed our visit of this place which has obviously seen so much history.... More 

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