Explore Dollar and Ochil Hills close to Trossachs and Perthshire


Nestled at the foot of the southern edge of the Ochil Hills, Dollar is a small settlement village with an illustrious past. Dense forests, charming glens and a picturesque river ensure Dollar is a serene getaway for those on a self catering holiday. Stay in one of the quaint guest houses or cottages on the outskirts of the town. For a quiet retreat rent a cabin or lodge on farmland or if you are looking for a livelier visit book a room in a local tavern.

Like most remote Scottish communities, Dollar has a history steeped in the textile industry. Learn more about the people and their past at Dollar Museum where permanent exhibitions tell the story of the railway and St James the Great Episcopal Church. Visitors travel to Dollar every year to explore Castle Campbell; the steep ascent over a series of treacherous walkways makes this a daring adventure. The 15th century fortress is a much-loved attraction and one of the most photographed in the region. Tour the gardens and see the John Knox Pulpit.

Spend an afternoon appreciating the tranquil landscape of Dollar and hike the trails around the Ochil Hills. Enjoy a picnic by the banks of the idyllic Devon River and marvel at the deep gorges. The Burn of Care and the Burn of Sorrow are iconic of the dramatic scenery. Take time to consider the architecture of Dollar, somewhat grander than most settlements. William Playfair's architectural contribution of the Dollar Academy left a positive imprint upon the community and is considered an example of educational excellence in Scotland.

Those on a self catering holiday in Dollar will find a wealth of activities to enjoy such as the cricket ground and Harviestoun Brewery. Playing a round of golf against the backdrop of rugged hills is a memorable experience.