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The site is spectacular: perched on a spur overlooking crevasses with rushing burns. Originally known as Castle Gloom, it stands out against the Ochil hills, dominating the valley and town. The estate came to the Campbell family via marriage; the castle was built by Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll (d 1493) and then became the residence of the Campbells because it was conveniently near the royal residences. The main part is the late-15C four-storey tower house leading to a high parapet. The large vaulted hall and its massive fireplace stand above an arched cellar. The room on the top floor has a vaulted ceiling with cross ribs and two unusual grotesque masks. From the watchpath (84 steps from the courtyard) there is an excellent view beyond Dollar to the Forth Valley and the distant Pentlands. The courtyard buildings comprise a 16C three-storey south wing and a late-16/early-17C east wing, which joins the old and the more recent buildings. This wing has more decorative elements such as an overhanging string course and twin-windows above the loggia.
- Address : A911 GB - Dollar FK14 7PPFK14 7PPDollar
- Phone : 01259742408
- Prices : free of charge