Castle Campbell
Castle Campbell
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Formerly known as the Castle of Glooms, this castle is beautifully sited upon a narrow bridge overlooked by the Ochil Hills. The 15th century fortress of Castle Campbell is dramatically situated above Dollar Glen. The oldest part is a well-preserved 15th century tower around which other buildings were constructed, including an unusual loggia. Castle Campbell was once the home of the powerful Campbell earls of Argyll, and has connections with historical figures such as John Knox and Mary Queen of Scots.
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  • The Owl Reviews
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Now Reopened!
    We didn't know it but the castle has been closed for quite some time and only just reopened in July 2023. We felt quite lucky to be one of the first people back, the castle has a really interesting history behind it and easily a good hour and a half of reading if you invest yourself into reading them. The castle also supports some incredible sights as you are really up high. There are also various stunning walks to go on that you can easily make a whole day of this visit. An insane relic! Lastly the staff are all wonderful. The castle does feel a bit dangerous at times though, be mindful to watch your head as the entrances are short (and we are quite short ourselves haha) as some places have low lighting, and it's easy to bang your head. The stairways are quite slim too (none of this obviously anyone's fault but just be wary)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Dave B
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom869 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views over Dollar
    Park at the first car park on your right of the steep, narrow road, or up a bit further is parking for several more cars, it’s then a 5-10 minute walk up to the castle. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Not a huge castle, but great views from the top. One shared toilet on the lower ground floor. Good base for hillwalking. There were two male workers, one had unbelievably bad body odour. Please respect your coworker and visitors who have to share a small space with you and use deodorant!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Pannipannini
    Maryland1,610 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A castle without cosmetic surgery
    We did a 6-mile walk above the Glen and ended up at the Castle before finishing in Dollar Glen itself. This castle is a rare gem because it hasn’t had the cosmetic surgery that most castles have had in Scotland and the UK. It’s some ruins, some empty spaces retained as it may have been hundreds of years ago. That’s the most interesting part of walking around it. The staff there are also very knowledgeable and helpful. Join the Scottish National Trust! We did and saw so many of these amazing places…
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Jan M
    750 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a highlight of the day and a pleasant surprise.
    Sadly, we visited the castle when the season was over but had a great time anyway. The walk from the parking place made me wonder, who builds castles in the valley yet there it was. Stunning at first sight. The castle was closed while we visited so went to the river instead and walked through the valley. There are amazing views of the castle and the nature surrounding it. It was peaceful and quiet and autumn nature was just amazing. We definitely need to come back.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Michael T
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good little castle with great walks.
    The castle has great views overlooking Dollar, across the River Forth and more. The staff, Julie and Andrew were very friendly and knowledgeable, willing to answer any questions. The walks around the castle also well worth it.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 April 2024
  • BarbaraRiekwel
    Coatbridge, United Kingdom766 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely castle with stunning scenery and views
    We parked in the "second" carpark, the one further up the hill. When we arrived there were still quite a few spaces. After a short (lovely) walk, we arrived at the castle. Friendly welcome by a gentleman who took us through. Finley then told us about the castle and its history which was very informative and enjoyable as he pointed out some things you'd normally maybe not spot. We then went to explore the castle. It's not huge but there are lots of bits to explore and the views from the tower/top are stunning. The weather was lovely and we spent quite a bit of time at the tower to take in the views. We then went to the garden and sat on one of the benches to enjoy our surroundings. All with all we spent about an hour at the castle and we both really loved it.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2024
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Stirling, UK94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Having walked this route many times we decided to come on a Saturday morning.
Last time we came (during lockdown) part of the right hand walk was shut. We were disappointed to see it was still closed off due to dangerous bridges.
You would expect after all this time to have fixed broken bridges and dangerous routes (2 years nearly).
Views walking up to castle are pretty even in the rain.
The castle itself is still shut but it is well worth the walk up. It is very steep on both paths up to the castle.
There is a car park at the top of the hill but can become quite busy.
Written 6 August 2022
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kjf_x
Carnoustie, UK2,070 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
The castle has lovely views stretching across the hills behind it. The castle itself is currently closed but there is a car park and you can have a walk up to it and enjoy the scenery. Paths are slippy this time of year and the car park is located up a very narrow road so can be a bit of a nightmare if you meet someone on it going up or down (it is also very steep)
Written 28 October 2020
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The Owl Reviews
Edinburgh, UK193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We didn't know it but the castle has been closed for quite some time and only just reopened in July 2023.

We felt quite lucky to be one of the first people back, the castle has a really interesting history behind it and easily a good hour and a half of reading if you invest yourself into reading them.

The castle also supports some incredible sights as you are really up high. There are also various stunning walks to go on that you can easily make a whole day of this visit. An insane relic! Lastly the staff are all wonderful.

The castle does feel a bit dangerous at times though, be mindful to watch your head as the entrances are short (and we are quite short ourselves haha) as some places have low lighting, and it's easy to bang your head.

The stairways are quite slim too (none of this obviously anyone's fault but just be wary)
Written 23 July 2023
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BarbaraRiekwel
Coatbridge, UK766 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We parked in the "second" carpark, the one further up the hill. When we arrived there were still quite a few spaces. After a short (lovely) walk, we arrived at the castle. Friendly welcome by a gentleman who took us through. Finley then told us about the castle and its history which was very informative and enjoyable as he pointed out some things you'd normally maybe not spot. We then went to explore the castle. It's not huge but there are lots of bits to explore and the views from the tower/top are stunning. The weather was lovely and we spent quite a bit of time at the tower to take in the views. We then went to the garden and sat on one of the benches to enjoy our surroundings. All with all we spent about an hour at the castle and we both really loved it.
Written 25 June 2024
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Em M
Burgess Hill, UK74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
From the moment we stepped foot into the castle grounds we were greeted y such a lovely friendly member of staff. The castle itself is great and although a lot is no longer standing what is left is great. The rooms, the original staircase, costumes to try on and a great kids quiz to complete. We were here about 2 hours. The views are amazing and picnic facilities indoor and out. So pleased we visited then we went for a stroll down the Campbell Glenn. Stunning! And all dog friendly
Afterwards we went to a local tea rooms
Perfect
Written 24 February 2020
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Jan M
750 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Sadly, we visited the castle when the season was over but had a great time anyway.

The walk from the parking place made me wonder, who builds castles in the valley yet there it was. Stunning at first sight.

The castle was closed while we visited so went to the river instead and walked through the valley. There are amazing views of the castle and the nature surrounding it. It was peaceful and quiet and autumn nature was just amazing.

We definitely need to come back.

Written 15 November 2023
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Michael T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The castle has great views overlooking Dollar, across the River Forth and more. The staff, Julie and Andrew were very friendly and knowledgeable, willing to answer any questions.

The walks around the castle also well worth it.
Written 25 April 2024
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HarryAndMoragOlver
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
its unsafe and dangerous to reach. Its expensive and theres a chance your car will be gone when u return as we caught local thiefs tryn to break in to ours. Scenery over looking building sites but if u hike up the dangerously steep hill u might have a better view but it was to unsafe to risk it in my opinion.
Written 8 February 2011
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Kelly T
Glasgow, UK43 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Parts of the Glen are dangerous, especially the part at the double waterfall which isn't fenced off. The majority of the walk is fenced, down the bottom of the Glen, but one of the most dangerous parts near Sochie Falls and the Burn of Sorrow after you cross the bridge isn't! Be careful while walking here!!
Written 3 December 2014
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Thank you for visiting Castle Campbell. Whilst the castle is situated in Dollar Glen, responsibility for this land actually sits with the National Trust for Scotland and not ourselves. Any issues regarding the glen should be directed to them.
Written 9 December 2014
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fleaking
Huddersfield, UK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Family
After an invigorating hike from the village up the steep pathway we arrived at the castle a little breathless but as we are both keen walkers this was part of the enjoyment. When we arrived we found we had the whole place to ourselves. After a few minutes however we were approached by a member of staff and asked to put out little dog, on a lead. Fair enough, although he is obedient friendly and under control, I realise, not all dogs are the same. After looking around the grounds and admiring the views we decided to enter the castle ruins, We were then informed that dogs were not allowed inside the ruins. My brother offered to tie him up out side, but we were informed by the same member of staff that we couldn't tie him up outside as he might bite someone ! The fact there was no one there to bite, and that he wouldn't bite them anyway, didn't seem to matter. Worth a visit, but don't take your dog.
Written 27 November 2013
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Thank you for your review. I understand that when you visited the Castle you were asked to keep your dog on a lead. We accept that there were no other visitors at the site at that time but unfortunately our policy does state that, at properties where dogs are allowed, they must be on a lead at all times. This is for the safety of all our visitors including pets. I am sorry you were disappointed with this aspect of your visit to Castle Campbell but hope you will understand the reason for our colleagues request. Kind Regards on behalf on Historic Scotland.
Written 6 December 2013
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