Nestled in the hills of the Ochils on the River Devon, the village of Dollar is a peaceful and pleasant place to visit. There is plentiful walking and cycling opportunities in the area; a route from the village takes you through the dramatic Dollar Glen Chasm up to the 15th Century Campbell Castle, where you can enjoy the spectacular views from the castle fortress back across the glen. A visitor centre at the castle informs of the Castle’s rich history and heritage. Dollar Glen also provides access trails up into the Ochils Hills for the more keen walkers. Dollar Museum offers a range of exhibits on the full history of the village and surrounds. For golfers, Dollar offers a 18 hole hillside course.
Clackmannanshire is the smallest county in Scotland. Located centrally, it is bordered by Perthshire to the north, Stirlingshire to the west, and Fife and Kinross-shire to the east. The shire incorporates parts of the Ochil Hills, including Ben Cleuch, the highest point of the hill range. This area is resplendent for walkers and for those keen to explore, the villages of Alva, Tillicoultry, Dollar and Muckhart providing many options for access to the hills. The county town is Alloa, and its main attraction is the restored medieval Alloa Tower, one of Scotland’s oldest and largest keeps. Other sites of interest include Castle Campbell in Dollar, a 15th Century fortress, and Clackmannan Tower found in the shire’s namesake town. If you are willing to travel, the thriving cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are both popular for day trips.
Incorporating the two largest Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Central Scotland is a hive of activities and attractions for visitors, and there will be plenty to entertain you on your trip. For a family outing try Edinburgh Castle, for a day at the beach try the Firth of Forth coastline, for shopping you can’t beat either city centre, or if you just want soaking up some Scottish landscapes try Perthshire’s rolling southern lowlands, and wilderness of its highland. Whatever takes your fancy, the central counties can offer it all. Airports at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Prestwick offer great transportation links for those coming from afar.