Wooden walkway and waterfall in Dollar Glen
Castle Campbell, sitting in the Ochil Hills overlooking Dollar Glen
Looking along Bridge Street, Dollar
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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 Sorrows.'
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 whose 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 thermals of contentment.
DOLLAR GLEN
CASTLE CAMPBELL, DOLLAR
BRIDGE STREET, DOLLAR
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How to
GET THERE
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.
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