Castle Campbell is an imposing tower house nestled between the Burn of Care and the Burn of Sorrow as they tumble down from the Ochils.
Built in the early 15th century as Castle Glume, it passed to Colin Campbell, the 1st Earl of Argyll, through marriage around 1465. He renamed it Castle Campbell by an Act of Parliament in 1489.
Originally a four storey tower house, the Campbells added a two storey range around 1500, which included a new, grander Great Hall, as well as extra living accommodation.
In front of the castle, laid out to be south-facing, are the formal gardens.
Around 1600 a further range was built to the east, fronted with carved stone columns in an Italian-style loggia.
Alterations were also made to the older structures. A new larger staircase was built to improve access to the tower, and to connect it with the new range. The upper floor of the tower house was also modified, with a vaulted ceiling added. At the centre of the ceiling are two grotesque faces carved into the stone, possibly representing the Green Man.
From the battlements there are fantastic views south down Dollar Glen, and north to the Ochils.
Alternative names for Castle Campbell
Castel of Glume; Castle Doom; Castle Gloom; Castle Glume