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Address: 1.5 Km north of the A91, East of Stirling, Dollar FK14 7PP , Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1259 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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Wet Friday Visit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Interest, historical, fun. Great day out for the family. The gardens are lovely and the views are wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

Went to castle Campbell, really not expecting a lot, but to my surprise it was magnificent. Impressive castle, rooms empty but still intact, so interesting, made our way up via stone spiral staircase, reached the top after seeing the rooms to the roof, where the view was spectacular. had our picnic In one of the terraced gardens. luxury with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Take the opportunity if you can to approach the Castlefrom the path at the bottom n Dollar. The walk up the Glen can be a little strenuous and is not fit for those with limited mobility or buggies (there is a car park near the top making the castle more accessible) but it is a gorgeous steep gorge in which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Visited with our daughters aged 5 and 10 years. Having visited here a few times we chose to park at the bottom of Dollar Glen and walk up through the Glen to the castle. We took the right hand trail, it was quite muddy in places but not impassable. You will require sturdy footwear and it is probably not ideal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Serene castle in stunning setting ,towering above the town of Dollar, in the Dollar glen. Informative and kind Historic Scotland staff,bit of a climb from car park to the castle, can be steep, but well worth the work out :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The hike through the glen was beautiful--waterfalls, wildflowers, nice views. When you finally see the castle, it's a sight to behold. We were the only visitors there so that was great. This castle is the perfect balance between what I would call a medieval castle and well-maintained landmark. You can walk through most of it and around the top of... More 

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Address: 1.5 Km north of the A91, East of Stirling, Dollar FK14 7PP, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1259 742408
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Clackmannanshire  >  Dollar
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

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