Stretching out from the historic town of Dollar, in Clackmannanshire, Central Scotland, towards the great 15th century Castle Campbell.
Dollar Glen is full of deep gorges, cascading waterfalls and a wide variety of plants and wildlife. So Glen Dollar is a great day out!
The glen is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). SSSIs are areas which are protected by law because of the unique wildlife, plants or landscapes which they contain.
100 species of moss and over 190 species of lichen, many not found elsewhere in Scotland grow in the glen.
Walking the circuit through the green, a wooden path is simply a pleasure both for your senses and mind.
Walking around the gorges has been popular since the 1800s and there is a well-established web of walking trails around Dollar Glen.
The distinctive gorges were formed as a result of rapid erosion by the fast flowing burns.
The trail descends down to the very bottom of the gorge, giving walkers a chance to stroll along one of the burns and then strike up to share the scenic views of the area.
One of the most impressive views is that of Castle Campbell itself.
The walk is 1 3/4 miles/ 2.9km long if you start and finish at the Quarry car park. If you would enjoy a longer walk then you can make your starting point in the village of Dollar.
This circular route will take you approximately 2 hours to complete. But be warned, some parts can be steep and close to long drops so be sure to take care of children and keep dogs under close control.
Built in the late 15th century, this tower house was the Lowland home of the Campbell clan chiefs, the Earls of Argyll. The castle’s finest feature is its impressive location rising above the hills.
There are fantastic views from the castle parapets looking over to the Forth Valley and the Pentland Hills.
In the past it was called Castle Gloom – perhaps from the Gaelic “glom” meaning chasm- but the views are anything but gloomy!
You can continue your walk in two ways, to Glendevon on right or climb the King’s Seat on left, a short, straightforward but steep ascent up onto the Donald summit with expansive views up and down the length of the Forth Valley.
Facilities & Getting There
Facilities at Castle Campbell, operated by Historic Scotland, include a Gift Shop, toilets, snacks for sale and a hot drink vending machine.
Car: follow the A91 to Dollar or set your satellite navigation for FK14 7PP.
Bus: there is a regular bus service no 23 from Stirling to Dollar.