In November, my boyfriend’s family ventured up to snowy Scotland from warmer Wales to stay for a week in a cosy cottage tucked away in Muckhart, Clackmannanshire, just outside of Dollar. I hadn’t really explored this area before and was pleasantly surprised at how scenic it was.
The village of Dollar and Muckhart is like a slice of the Cotswolds in Scotland, there’s lovely traditional style buildings – like the ones you see in Christmas cards with old oil lampposts on the street and deep green wreaths hanging on mulled red doors.
We arrived on the Friday evening where the little village of Muckhart had more than a sprinkling of snow – of which our feet disturbed as we lugged our bags to and fro.
Inside, the cottage was a lot bigger than it appeared from the outside. There was a small porch that led to the living room with a log burner – an instant tick of approval from me. From the living room, there was the kitchen, a bedroom with a super king bed, a twin room and a bathroom with power shower. The whole cottage could sleep 6 people, and it was very cosy with the log burner going. As it turns out, the area we were in doesn’t have access to gas but instead of electric heaters they have boilers that use up food to produce gas. I guess that’s quite handy as the cottage was right next to The Inn at Muckhart, a little pub decorated with ornaments that wouldn’t look out of place at your granny’s house.
We spent Saturday showing family around Perth – they had a market in their town hall for the run up to Christmas which we browsed and then walked along the river. Perth is a lovely place but there wasn’t much to see in terms of touristy attractions. Good for shops and cafes though!
On Sunday, we went to Castle Campbell in Dollar. The drive up to it was a tad scary as the roads were snowy and icy. The car park is quite small, and at first you think you’ve ended up in the wrong place because you can’t yet see the castle. At the end of the car park, there’s a gate and behind that a small house. We went past the gate and turned left down a hill, crossed a small ford and walked up a path which led us straight to the castle. Castle Campbell is very well hidden, perfect location for hiding from enemies back in the day. Up until the late 1400s Castle Campbell was known as Castle Gloom – I can see why someone wanted it changed!
Castle Campbell which used to be called Castle Gloom is hidden from view till you go down a path and then you see it looking all wintery and fine. #dollar #visitscotland #scotspirit #castle #historicscotland #castlecampbell #history #unlockedscotland #hiddenscotland #igersscotland #clackmannanshire #scotlandexplore #scotlandlover #scotlandsbeauty
The castle isn’t all completely there but it is well preserved, one thing I found particularly amusing was their illustration that hung above the stone toilet which depicted how someone back in the day would have used the toilet – exactly the same as us.
After the chilly walk around the Castle, I couldn’t feel my toes anymore so it was back to the cottage to bask in front of the log burner before making our way back home.