Castle Campbell

Castle Campbell is located at the head of Dollar Glen, immediately to the north of Dollar.

There is a 16 space car park at the end of the public road, across the valley from the castle. Another, larger, car park can be found a few hundred yards back down the Glen towards Dollar.

Sitting in lofty isolation and overlooked by the Ochil Hills, Castle Campbell became the chief lowland stronghold of the Campbell clan, upon whose members the successive titles of Earl, Marquis and Duke of Argyll were bestowed.

The castle itself was designed to serve three main purposes. Firstly to provide adequate defence, though the castle would never have been able to survive artillery attack. The entrance gateway was strengthened sufficiently to ward off a lightly armed raid but no more. Secondly, the castle was a statement of the lord's wealth and power, and as such should be an imposing sight. Castle Campbell certainly fulfils this function, even today.

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