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Photograph of Castle Campbell, Dollar

Photograph of Castle Campbell, Dollar

Spring greens had burst forth and the bluebells were at their glorious best when this early evening climb to the high ground above Castle Campbell yielded a magical two hours or so of complete solitude.

It is a highly atmospheric and beautiful place to visit at any time of the year, however.  The dramatic location of the ancient castle itself and thousands of broad-leaved trees which obliterate some horrendous steep gorges and ravines, provide hours of pleasure for walkers or historians.

The ascent to the old castle is most exciting if the starting point is the bridge over the burn in Dollar village itself.  The path weaves upwards for just under a mile, with precarious drops and violent twists and turns the main features as it tracks the tumbling waters.  These drop some three hundred feet through narrow gorges and cascade noisily in a succession of waterfalls - you cannot take your eye off the walkway for a minute.

The Burn of Sorrow and the Burn of Gloom (these names convey perfectly the darkness of the Glen under thousands of trees) come together near the castle itself then flow down as Dollar Burn.  The entire adventure must be one of the most exciting in Central Scotland, with thousands visiting both the Glen and the castle every year.

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