Monday, November 4, 2013

Another historical castle

Saturday was another day to visit historical Scotland.  There is always something to see in this beautiful country.  We joined 6 other senior missionaries and drove to the village of Dollar.  The town of Dollar is between Dunfermline and Stirling in the local governmental council area of Clackmannanshire.  Clackmannanshire is near the end of the Firth of Forth. 

Just outside the village of Dollar is Castle Campbell.  This castle is tucked back up in a canyon and is in a beautiful setting, but one that was well protected from invasions.  The tower portion of the castle was built in the late 1300s.  The stronghold came into the possession of the chief of Clan Campbell in the 1460s.  Over the next two centuries the Campbells played leading roles in Scotland's history.

This is a view of the castle from across the canyon.
This is a drawing of what the Castle looked like in 1848.

The inner courtyard of the castle.

This is the original tower that would have been built in the late 1300s.  They have restored the floors so one can climb up the tower.  At the top is a great view of the valley.
The view from the roof.  About 15-20 minutes after I took this picture it began raining and it was so heavy that ya couldnee see (that is Scottish for "you could not see") the valley.  It rained the rest of the day very hard.

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