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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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The Weather turned very treacherous

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Keith J
Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
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Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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

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, Pennsylvania
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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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Alyth, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We are fortunate to be able to visit a lot of castles but Castle Campbell is now one of our top faves. There is a marvelous dramatic walk through the den to reach the castle. You park your car and then follow a lovely narrow path down and then up towards the castle. You walk along an absolutely gorge VERY... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

The approach to Castle Campbell is slightly restricted since like most castles it sits on a hill, a rather steep hill and the car parking is quite a way down the hill so the options are to walk up the road, a little windy and steep in places or go down in to the Dollar Glen approach and enjoy a... More 

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