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Castle Campbell

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Address: Dollar FK14 7PP , Scotland
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09:30 - 18:00
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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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Castle in the fog!

We visited here today on our way back from Tillicoultry. Never been before so we just followed the signs until we came to a car park, maybe halfway up the hill. The road up from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not very impressed th car parks was quite a walk away from the castle. Very steep hill to climb, def not one for the disabled person and does not cater for the disabled, w brought our disabled person to look at the castle, however couldn't get to it as no way pushing someone up the steepness of the hill to... More 

Thank Baggle
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here today on our way back from Tillicoultry. Never been before so we just followed the signs until we came to a car park, maybe halfway up the hill. The road up from there is very steep and we had no idea how far we were going to have to walk until we caught a glimpse of the... More 

Thank thetravellingmanUk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Campbell Castle in Dollar, originally the Castle Gloom (for glom meaning chasm), is one of those little known gems of a place to visit. The castle is difficult to find, as I suspect the Campbells-of-old planned. Surrounded by two ravines, the Burn of Sorrow and the Burn of Care, which were deeper and more treacherous than a mote, the... More 

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Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Went with son & daughter, but of a walk, so if unsteady on your feet its not ideal to get to. Once there you can enjoy the grounds, small shop with friendly local staff who know about the property and the local area.we went on a cool overcast day, but was still a great day with nice scenery on walk... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We have been to Castle Campbell several times. The views are stunning and the children love exploring the castle. It is a bit difficult to get to but it is worth the trip. The staff are always helpful and we always have a good time.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We were lucky with a crisp and frosty but very sunny winter's day to venture up the spectacular glen to this majestic castle. The views are amazing and there is plenty to explore as well both in the castle and the surrounding countryside

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Moray, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

The castle has got two car parks. If you like walking and want to take in the views i would park at the first car park, the walk is up a steep hill, it takes about 15 mins to get to the castle. There is another car park at the top of the steep hill if you have small children... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

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 27 September 2016

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 25 September 2016

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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