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Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Royal Life - Castle Campbell


The Royal Life is a look into the lives, homes and leisure of the Royals and aristocrats of Europe. We aim to give you a few more places to add to your Travel Wishlist!

Castle Campbell, Clackmannan Shire, Scotland
I know I keep coming back to Scotland with these posts but I can't help it - it's what I know and love.  So hopefully all you Outlander fans can stick with me as we put on our hiking boots and trek the rugged mountains of the Scottish highlands for a few more weeks :)

The History
I love how foreboding this all is but here goes:  Castle Campbell was originally called Castle Glume (as in gloom and doom) but was renamed to the much more upbeat Castle Campbell in 1489.  It is position most dramatically overlooking Dollar Glen and running down one side of the castle is the Burn of Care and the other is the Burn of Sorrow (Burn as in stream).

Initially the stronghold of Clan Stuart, the castle passed to Clan Campbell in 1400's through marriage.  It remained the lowland stronghold of the clan until 1654 when it was burned after political turmoil stirred by Walter Cromwell. 
The castle itself has had some famous guests including Mary, Queen of Scots and John Knox and while I don't have any highly dramatic stories regarding its residents to recount for you this week, I would love to share some of the amazing photos of these ruins.  The care of the castle is now in the hands of Historic Scotland.  Enjoy :)
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Muse in the Fog said...

I always love looking at old castles like this. Thanks for sharing :)

Blodeuedd said...

Pretty :D

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Looks amazing!

Annie - Princess of the Past said...

This is one I'm going to have to see in real life too I think :)

Jenny Girl said...

Wow it is so beautiful. Smaller than I thought also. Great post.

Bekah said...

What a fun little find. It's interesting to find all the castles in various states of ruin and repair all thorughout the British Ilses.

fredamans said...

So beautiful!
It's amazing how the stones stand so tall, all these years later.
Thank you for sharing!

Happy Palm Sunday!

Robinbird said...

I just love seeing these old castles. It is a shame so many are only ruins now.

Thanks for another fantastic post!

K said...

This looks really really good Annie.
I've always wanted to visit, and now your sunday posts are helping fuel the addiction to all things scottish

librarypat said...

I want to go. One of these days we ARE going to Scotland. I'll have to stay a month to even scratch the surface of all I want to do.