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Castle Campbell

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Address: Dollar FK14 7PP , Scotland
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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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Great castle which has been really well maintained. Great and informative guides who were very friendly. Children completed the activity which created lots of discussion too. Has... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great castle which has been really well maintained. Great and informative guides who were very friendly. Children completed the activity which created lots of discussion too. Has picnic tables inside and outside and whilst it does not have a tea room, the shop sells tea and coffee and you can picnic indoors if the weather turns. Amazing views - well... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I told a Scottish friend that I had visited the Campbell Castle. He soundly told me off for betraying him after the offences the Campbell clan had committed against his clan. Apparently, I know dangerously little about Scottish history!! The castle tower is still in good repair with several floors to explore and an awesome view from the top. The... More 

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Thank Jim L
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was by far my favorite castle to visit on my trip to Scotland. Though it's in ruins, Castle Campbell is one of the better preserved castles in this part of the country. The castle sits on a hill overlooking the town of Dollar, and you can either park for free at the entrance and walk right through the front... More 

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Holden, Maine
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once I got over the walk to the castle I fell in love with it. the placing of this castle is spectacular, it really is what you picture a scottish castle to be like. Finlay the Historic Scotland guide, knows his history of the castle and Scotland so well, we could have stayed and talked to him all day. The... More 

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Thank Sally W
Forfar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The walk up to the castle is lovely, with little waterfalls along the way, the castle itself has amazing views! You could sit it the gardens all day looking at them.

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Milngavie, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently got annual Historic Scotland membership and this was first place we visited using it. Informative signs and maps showing development of castle and spectacular views from the top of the tower made this a worthwhile visit.

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Thank JanandDavid
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Known also as Castle Doom, this castle has spectacular views back across the Forth Valley. The car park is a good distance from the castle [albeit disabled parking is available at the castle itself], however, the walk to the castle is glorious. There isn't anywhere to eat at the castle, so I would recommend you take a picnic and take... More 

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Thank Brian R
Fife, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Day out with friends we enjoyed our visit to the castle, great views, Historic and beautiful, Gem worth seeing

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 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 

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Reviewed 22 January 2017

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 

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