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Castle Campbell, former seat of the Chief of Clan Campbell in a fairy-tale setting.


Castle Campbell, Clackmannanshire

This evening, I am posting information on the romantic and imposing Castle Campbell which dominates Dollar Glen and is located in central Scotland, about thirty-five miles N.W. of Edinburgh.Summary information on the castle is provided below.
  • Most of the building dates from the 15th century although it may have evolved from an earlier, 12th century, motte and bailey castle.
  • In common with many Scottish castles, the building was high status and positioned to display wealth and power. Location provided added benefit of proximity to Scottish royalty,very advantageous for an owner who aspired to improve his standing and status.
  • Key aspects of the castle are: Main Courtyard; Tower House; Hall and Chamber Range; East Range; and the south-facing Terraced Gardens.
Tower House, Castle Campbell
  • Acquired by the Campbells in the second half of the 15th century. Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll took control around 1465 when this clan chief required a secure but impressive seat. At this point name of the castle was changed from Castle Gloom to its present style.
  • Mary, Queen of Scots visited during mid-winter 1563 for a wedding of the Earl of Argyll’s sister.
  • Protestant preacher and leader of the Scottish Reformation, John Knox gave a sermon at the castle in 1566.
  • Partly burned by English Parliamentary forces in 1654.
  • The castle was abandoned when the Campbell family moved to Argyll's Lodging near Stirling Castle in 1660.
  • Subsequently became a ruin but was taken into Government care in 1948 and then repaired and restored.
  • Now a visitor attraction under management of Historic Environment Scotland.
  • The high elevation offers excellent views over the local landscape.
View east from Castle Campbell

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