Dollar is a small village that sits at the foot of the stunningly
beautiful Ochil Hills. When exploring its streets you find yourself
giving vent to loud satisfied sighs, such are the feelings of happiness
one experiences by simply being there.
And nestling in a glen there is an absolute gem of an experience to be
had. For high above the town sits Castle Campbell, or Castle Gloom as it
can be known, and to get there you have to span ravines on shooglie
wooden bridges that pass over gushing waters with names like 'The Burn of
All of which might sound a tad depressing, what with gloom and sorrow
and what have you, but in fact this has to be one of the most exciting
accesses to any castle in Scotland. Although essentially a shell, the
castle's bits and pieces are
very well preserved and one is presented with an ancient foreboding pile
walls whisper of dastardly deeds. My old Blue Guide to Scotland had this
to say: 'The view from the top of the tower is extensive and
pleasing, but not specially interesting'
Goodness, but how I love those Blue Guides; straight and to the point.
In the castle they've managed to squeeze in a tiny tearoom and a tinier
toilet, and after all that excitement a sticky cake, a cup
of coffee, and a right good pee are
just what the doctor ordered.
So off you go, to where the air is crisp, and buzzards glide on
You can get a bus to Dollar from Stirling. Or, you may walk 3
miles to Dollar on the Devon Way from Tillicoultry, which has a
better bus service.