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Address: Dollar FK14 7PP , Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1259 742408
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Stunning scenery

The setting for this castle is spectacular. I love seeing all the very early parts of the castle and all the additions each time it was upgraded/take over by someone new. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Katie V
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The setting for this castle is spectacular. I love seeing all the very early parts of the castle and all the additions each time it was upgraded/take over by someone new. The gardens are very well kept.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Castle Campbell is reached by a gorgeous walk up the side of Dollar Glen beside the river with its waterfalls and pools. The Castle is in a glorious location overlooking Dollar and it is a really atmospheric castle with interesting history. Well worth a visit - even on a rainy afternoon!

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking through the glen up to and down from Castle Campbell was strenuous but very enjoyable. Path uneven and rocky. Staff member at castle was friendly and helpful. Fabulous views. Would like to see some more artifacts relating to past inhabitants of the Castle.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Castle Campbell. A 14 cent. castle with later additions. The castle is situated on a lofty site with deep ravines on both sides. This castle was the stronghold of the Campbell Clan in the 1460’s. The Clan continued to occupy their lowland seat until it was severely damaged in 1654. The family later moved to a house called Argyll’s lodging... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

There are two ways you can get to the castle; walk up from Dollar village and up the Glen, if you're up for it. Or drive; park at the first carpark you come to up the narrow road on the right (avoid if you hate heights, cliffs or are not confident reversing to allow cars to pass). Further up is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Second visit up here. Good walk up here. Not great for anyone who isn't as able. Beautiful views. Lovely gardens and loved the fact you can climb to the top of the castle. One of my favourite castles. 100% be back. Love being a member of historic Scotland. Lovely staff too. Picture is when I visited in Feb time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Da Trip !!!!!!!!!!!! We were out on a trip. To Castle Campbell. But what was a bummer is that it is not so big like Edinburgh Castle and Sterling Castle. But Mums and Dads please bring some pounds because there is a wonderful gift shop so watch out!!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Castle Campbell sits on the mountain side hidden amongst trees and little creeks. From the castle you have a great view over Dollar and the surrounding mountain side. Note that there is a handicap parking area directly in front of the castle, otherwise they encourage people to make the walk from the upper parking lot. The walk is not strenuous... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Castle was super cool! Really enjoyed looking around and exploring the garden. Beautiful views! Would have been nice to have a guided tour to gain some more information. Had hurt my leg the day before and did not realize the walk would be as long as it was. Most of the walk is uphill and is a bit slippery with... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

I wasn't expecting the little hike up to this beauty of a castle, but it was worth it. Beautiful stops to take pictures along the way, a little bridge to walk over the water-laden stones, and quite an amazing tree begging to be hugged at the entrance! The doors of this castle are dreamy. Annnnd, I love the plants poking... More 

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