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“Stunning Gardens and view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castle Campbell

Castle Campbell
1.5 Km north of the A91, East of Stirling, Dollar FK14 7PP , Scotland
01259 742408
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Dollar
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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“Stunning Gardens and view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

This castle had the most stunning views. Would be a wonderful setting for a spring wedding. A must see while in Scotland. There is a hike involved so be prepared with water and hiking shoes.

Visited April 2012
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“History at the head of Dollar Glen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

Below The Ochil Hills stands Castle Campbell, the chief lowland stronghold of the Campbell clan. It's a pleasant walk up the wooded glen. If you go beyond the castle, there are terrific views across the Firth of Forth and the town of Dollar.

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“Beautiful views from an ancient Dollar Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

The beauty starts at the bottom of the Dollar Glen with the walk through the glen up to the Castle - it should not be missed. My husband and I were married in this Castle so it has special associations for us.

Visited October 2011
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“Castle Campbell, Dollar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

The hike from the glen up to the castle is gorgeous,several waterfalls on the way. The castle overlooks Dollar and the view is magnificent...sadly the cafe no longer operates but there is a coffee machine and one can buy coffee at the litlle shop...there is a dearth of snacks available so take something with you.

Visited March 2012
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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“Glorious Views over Central Scotland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

We visited on a Saturday after lunch. The car park nearest to the Castle only has spaces for 16 cars, although the alternative car park is not far away, there is a very steep climb up to the Castle so not for the fainthearted!. The road to the castle decends from the main car park and crosses a ford over a wide burn. There is a foot bridge over the burn that would be impassable to wheelchairs
The Castle itself is not huge but after you climb the tower the views make the effort worthwhile. I would say that the castle whilst interesting will not hold childrens attention for long but the surounding area makes for agreat ramble and picnics.
Certainly worth a visit

Visited March 2012
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