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Castle Campbell

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

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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Good hike & great views

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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.

Thank Turner62
Port Elizabeth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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!!!!!

Thank Tristan H
State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank dnh5023
Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank asc872016
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got a little bit lost finding this castle at first, but once we finally got on the right path it was a dream. The glen was incredible! It took us about an hour to reach the castle, but the hike was well worth it. The castle is extremely well preserved and offers a stunning view of the towns below. Highly... More 

Thank Monica S
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just visited the castle Campbell and had a great time with family and pet dog. The castle gardens are beautiful and in bloom right now. The castle was very interesting and as we had our dog it was made to feel welcome. The only drawback is the walk to the castle, the walk is very, very hilly and over a... More 

Thank Girdle-T
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very special place worth the slightly extreme walk up from the lower car park. The Castle can just be seen through the gaps in the trees as you walk up and then down the path through a running burn or if you don't fancy wet feet you can walk over the small wooden bridge then onwards up past a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful trails through Dollar Glen forest along a tumbling brook. Quite a climb, but scenery on the way was gorgeous. Castle is very well preserved with beautifully manicured yards. Peaceful and inspiring. It was very easy to reflect on how life would have need 500 years ago.

Thank Dennis C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We were nearly put off by the steep walk up to the castle as the road is now not suitable and closed for visitors (and staff) cars. We were told by a member of staff that an easier walk up and down is through the dell with walkways along side the river. The effort in reaching the castle is more... More 

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