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“Fantastic location, brilliant castle” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castle Campbell

Castle Campbell
1.5 Km north of the A91, East of Stirling, Dollar FK14 7PP , Scotland
+44 1259 742408
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Dollar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Roslin, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic location, brilliant castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

The trek up the steep hill is well worth it as the views from the top are stunning. The sun was beating down today & the castle & gardens couldn't have looked better. Good medieval castle with a smattering of info panels (there could be a few more actually). The location of this castle must be among the best in Scotland, with sweeping views to the Forth valley.

Visited July 2013
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“How to be king of the castle...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

breathtaking views from the top, and a great place to visit on the walk between Dollar and Glen Devon.

Visited June 2013
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“My ancestral home?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

As a Campbell I flattered myself that this was my ancestral home. Probably not, but it was great to visit once of the homes of the chiefs of the Clan Campbell.

It is set in a magnificent valley overlooking the Firth of Forth. It is also called Castle Gloom, which means something like Castle of the Glen. But it is a lovely building in spectacular grounds and has a fantastic view. Well worth the trip from Glasgow, Dunfermline or Edinburgh.

For you romantics, Mary Queen of Scots once stayed here with her retinue.

For nature lovers, look out for the swifts and the kestrel hawk that roosts in a crack in the castle tower.

Visited May 2013
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“Castle with a view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

In good weather Castle Campbell is well worth visiting. However it is definitely more suited to those who are fit --- Historic Scotland's description of "not suitable for those with mobility problems" is an understatement. Parking (or turning!) in the small upper car park was tricky on a sunny holiday weekend when there were many visitors to the castle and lots of hill walkers out and about. Like others we felt the lack of a cafe.

Visited May 2013
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“tremendous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

The Campbells' lowland seat. The castle itself is probably only worth three stars, but once you add the location, the views, the beautiful gardens and, above all, the walks you can take in Dollar Glen, it has to be worth five. I must admit we parked in the small upper car park, from where the walk to the castle is quite short and easy. This is probably the place in central Scotland we'll be most keen to revisit.

Visited May 2013
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