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Castle Campbell

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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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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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Very pleasant smaller castle

The road up can be a bit hair raising but it's worth it. Interesting ruin with very nice views. Historic Scotland are very good at this. Have been numerous times and I always... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Dollar, United Kingdom
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Dollar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The road up can be a bit hair raising but it's worth it. Interesting ruin with very nice views. Historic Scotland are very good at this. Have been numerous times and I always enjoy it

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Thank Struan101
Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a Campbell by birth I always wanted to see this castle. I've been twice and love it more each time I go. Unlike Stirling, this castle is in ruins but...it gives you a great sense of how they lived there. The gardens are kept beautifully and there is a small gift shop. There is quite a bit of a... More 

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Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Wecwere looking so forward to this visit but, as we were nearing the driveway, snow fell and the access road became very slippery and treacherous. So, we did a little walk and looked over Dollar Glen and the castle. The location looks tremendous, the views of the castle taking our breath away and it was a huge disappointment that the... More 

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Westhoughton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

Stumbled over this castle in a tour guide and thought we'd give it a go. We're really pleased that we did. Despite the bad weather (it was pouring down and cold) it was well worth the trip. Not for the faint hearted, the drive to the car park is quite tricky (not the best road) and then there's quite a... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

My wife and I came to visit. As a person of Campbell heritage I was quite excited to see this place, and I was wonderfully surprised that we could climb all the way to the roof of the tower and see the vista below. It was renovated/restored in the 1950s, and is amazingly intact. I highly recommend a visit with... More 

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Thank Mark G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Came here with my fiancé, 4 year old daughter and dog. Parked at the car park at the bottom of the hill and although it is a bit of a steep climb to the castle it's definitely worth it for the views you get from the top! Can't remember what the entry fee was but you get in for free... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We drove to the lower car park from Dollar and walked the last (very steep) stretch. A very friendly welcome by the custodian and a lovely day to view the surrounding countryside from the ramparts.

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Inverkeithing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Beautiful walk up the gorge to the Castle, quaint little bridges and walkways.. Stunning views from the tiered castle gardens to the countryside beyond.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

A steep walk up to the castle but well worth it for the views with spectacular scenery once you get to the top. You could also play Dollar Golf Course which amazingly has no bunkers!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Castle Campbell was the notorious lowland castle of the even more notorious Campbell clan. I have been meaning to visit for years but only got round to it now. I'm glad that I did; it's incredible. Not so much the castle itself which whilst impressive and largely intact is quite similar in design and appearance to other castles in the... More 

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