Dollar is a village in Clackmannanshire in the Central Belt of Scotland. The scenic glen leading up to the castle is the reason to visit.

Castle Campbell

Dollar has no connection to the unit of currency - that word derives from silver mined in Joachimsthal in Bohemia, hence silver thalers. The village name may mean dolorous or gloomy - the ravine of the glen can certainly be a dark and draughty place in winter. Nearby Stirling likewise has no connection with £ sterling.

Get inEdit

By car: follow A91 which runs between Stirling to the west and Cupar (Fife) to the east. From Edinburgh leave M90 at jcn 6 to join A91, you can't exit at jcn 7.

Bus: Stagecoach Fife Bus 23 runs four times M-Sat from Stirling to Dollar, continuing to Kinross, Cupar and Auchtermuchty to St Andrews.

Get aroundEdit

Dollar is a very small town and everything is easily within walking distance.

SeeEdit

  • 1 Castle Campbell, Dollar FK14 7PP (Walk up glen or cycle / drive up steep lane), +44 1259 742408. Apr-Sept daily 09:30-17:30, Oct-Mar Sa-W 10:00-16:00. 15th C Towerhouse originally known as Castle Gloom, but the Campbells of Argyll got an Act of Parliament passed to change the name - now that's power! But it was destroyed by the Royalists in 1654 when the 8th Earl of Argyll supported the Covenanters and Parliamentarians. He was beheaded after the Restoration and his son the 9th Earl abandoned the ruin, instead building Argyll's Lodgings in Stirling. Adult £6, child £3.60, conc £4.80.    
  • 2 Dollar Museum, Castle Campbell Hall, 1 High Street, FK14 7AY. Easter-Xmas Sa 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:30, Su 14:00-16:30. Volunteer-run museum, showing the history of the town, Dollar Academy independent school, the Devon Valley Railway and temporary exhibitions. Free.
  • You can't fail to go to a place called 3 Yetts of Muckhart. Actually it's just a road junction, but A823 through Glen Devon is one of the most charming glens of Scotland, especially when the gorse and heather are in bloom. You can cycle or walk up the side track to Frandy Farm but cars aren't allowed. Further north, A823 descends steeply down Gleneagles: famous name but not as scenic, and nowhere to pull over.

DoEdit

  • Walk up 1 Dollar Glen. The path up the glen is well-maintained, with gangways over the ravine. The autumn colours are gorgeous.    
  • Alva Highland Games are held in that nearby village on the second Saturday in July. The 2021 event was cancelled so the next is probably Sat 9 July 2022, tbc.
  • 2 Devon Way. Walk 3.3 mi (5.3 km) along a former railway line from Dollar to Tillicoultry.    

BuyEdit

  • Dollar has a small selection of shops on Bridge Street, including a Co-op foodstore.
  • 1 Dollar's Deli, 62 Bridge Street.
  • 2 Sterling Mills (Tillicoultry). Shopping centre of "outlet" shops selling clothes and outdoor wear. Across the road is the large Sterling furniture shop.

EatEdit

  • 1 The Inn at Dollar (formerly known as the Kings Seat), 37 Bridge St, +44 1259 742200. Daily 12:00-00:00. Restaurant and bar.
  • Tulip Indian Restaurant next door is open M-F 16:00-23:00. Takeaways on Bridge St are Mo's Plaice (fish & chips, daily 16:30-21:30) and Lee's (Chinese, W-M 16:30-22:00).

DrinkEdit

SleepEdit

  • Just a couple of B&Bs in the village.
  • 1 Bridge Inn, 1 High Street, Tillicoultry (3 miles west from Dollar), +44 1259 750252. 9 room hotel. B&B double £40.
  • 2 Dam View, Gartmorn Farm, Alloa FK10 3AU (2 miles south of Tillicoultry), +44 7437 602015. Three stylish 3-bedroom glamping lodges. Open Apr-Oct, bookings are F-M, M-F or F-F. £140 / night.

Go nextEdit

Routes through Dollar
GlasgowStirling  W   E  KinrossSt Andrews


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