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“Fantastic views, a location to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Castle Campbell

Castle Campbell
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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.
Stirling, Scotland
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“Fantastic views, a location to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2005

A little off the beaten track and away from the usual tourist crowds, this castle is nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Dollar Glen, just outside Stirling.

After a hair-raising drive up a steep, narrow entrance road, you are faced with another 500 metre walk up yet another hill to the entrance to the castle and it's grounds. You'll be fair pechtin' by the time you reach the top, however the effort is well rewarded with the stunning scenery and friendly welcome from the kindly gentleman who looks after the grounds.

The castle itself is a ruin, however the gardens are very well presented and the view from the top stretches for miles across the central Scotland countryside. A beautiful stream runs down from the Ochil hills before you reach the castle as you cross a lovely wooden bridge. This is the starting point for many hill-walking trips for the more serious enthusuasts among you.

For returning to your car or for the more leisurely traveller, there is an easier walkway which goes right through the glen itself.

A must see if you want to get away from the usual tourist traps full of large crowds and people trying to separate you from your money!

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