Art & History of Glasgow & Edinburgh

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Tatton Park

Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – stop at a convenient property en route such as Tatton Park in Cheshire, an opulently decorated early 19th century house with the theme of Victorian grandeur extending into the garden – continue to the 4* Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld near Glasgow.

Day 2 – Pollok House & House for an Art Lover

Pollok House gives a real taste of upstairs downstairs life in the 1930s with lavish family rooms packed full of period furniture and furnishings while below stairs the vast servants’ quarters show the realities of running a country house – built in Glasgow between 1989 and 1996 to a 1901 Charles Rennie Mackintosh design, the exhibition at the House for an Art Lover compares the decoratively furnished rooms against his original drawings.

Day 3 – Tarbet, Loch Lomond & Hill House

Tarbet is a picturesque village once described by Queen Victoria as being blessed with ‘splendid passes, richly wooded with the highest mountains behind’ – optional cruise on beautiful Loch Lomond – Hill House in Helensburgh is considered one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creations and, decorated with the help of Mackintosh’s wife, the feel of the house is of restrained elegance combined with dazzling architecture.

Day 4 – National Gallery of Scotland, Royal Yacht Britannia & The Kelpies

Guided tour of the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, home to Scotland’s greatest collection of European paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance to Post- Impressionist eras with paintings by artists such as Titian, Van Dyck and Tiepolo – the Royal Yacht Britannia served the Royal Family for over forty years and played a leading role in some of the defining moments of recent history with highlights being the State Dining Room, the Bridge and the Queen’s Sitting Room – continue to The Kelpies, 30 metre high horse head sculptures by sculptor Andy Scott, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal and a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland.

Day 5 – Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum & The Hunterian

Guided tour of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland’s most visited museum and home to one of Europe’s greatest civic art collections – The Hunterian is home to the world’s largest permanent display of the work of James McNeill Whistler, the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Mackintosh House, the reassembled interiors from his Glasgow home.

Day 6 – Little Moreton Hall

Stop at a convenient property en route home such as Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire, Britain’s most famous and arguably finest timber framed manor house – return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Tour Features

4* hotel

Half board accommodation

Guided tours at all galleries

Full programme of included excursions

Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 5

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Tatton Park, Cheshire

Pollok House

House for an Art Lover

Tarbet

Loch Lomond

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House

National Gallery of Scotland - guided tour

Royal Yacht Britannia

The Kelpies

Kelvingrove Art Gallery Museum - guided tour

The Hunterian

Little Moton Hall

Hotel

Five nights on half board basis at the 4* Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. Set in its own 400 acres of woodland and ideally situated for the itinerary between Glasgow and Edinburgh, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool and all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest:

  • Hopetoun House - set in 150 acres of rolling parkland and one of the most splendid examples of the work of Scottish architects Sir William Bruce, William Adam and his sons John and Robert
  • St Mungo’s Cathedral - on the site where St Mungo, the first bishop of Strathclyde, was buried in AD 612, the present cathedral dates from the 13th century and is the only one on the Scottish mainland to have survived complete the 1560 Reformation
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh - the Queen’s official residence in Scotland and the Queen’s Gallery, built in the shell of the former Holyroodhouse Free Church and Duchess of Gordon’s School

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Art & History of Glasgow & Edinburgh

Once again, we have had a marvellous holiday with Tailored Travel. This time to Scotland. Favourites were Dumfries House, Loch Lomond, anything to do with Macintosh, Britannia, Mike our Blue Badge Guide. In fact there was nothing we didn't like. The hotel was very comfortable, some of us managed a swim and sauna. Mike and Ken were excellent guides, very interesting and fun with it. Our driver did a great job and was extremely patient with us oldies! Even the weather was very kind to us. From all of our group a very sincere 'thank you', particularly to Sandy who was very patient with all my dealings with her. Looking forward to our next trip with you.

GD, Cheam May 2017

Our tour of the Art and History of Glasgow and Edinburgh was our 4th tour with Tailored Travel and as we expected it was informative, well structured and fun. It's always an opportunity to get to know others in a relaxed way. And what a fabulous group - perfect time keepers. We left on time, met on time and were able to enjoy extras as a result. Our driver Peter really looked after us and Mike our superb guide took the trouble to go the extra mile for us. I can't make up my mind as to which is my favourite trip because each one is tailor made and has its own charm and identity.

CB, London October 2016

Back safely from another very successful Fine Arts Tour. Everything worked out well - the group, Mike our tour guide, Nigel our coach driver, all the venues we visited, even the weather as it only seemed to rain when we were on the coach, plus the hotel. As always thank you for your help and patience in putting this tour together.  As always everyone enjoyed the friendship and making new friends. I am already being asked about next year's Tour. Now I must get my head round that one.

VW, Kingston Upon Thames May 2014

I have received lots of enthusiastic feedback since we returned from our tour to Glasgow. Not a word of criticism! I want to thank you for all your help, delivered in a most professional, thorough and prompt fashion. Your advice was gratefully received and acted upon and Ursula and I both enjoyed the trip as much as the others did.

MD, Winscombe May 2012

I am writing to express my appreciation of the trip to Glasgow and Edinburgh Tailored Travel arranged for our group. It was a fascinating and detailed tour and I learned a lot. Our Scottish guide, Tom, was excellent in providing information on the history, geography and geology of the places we visited and all done with a friendly, courteous manner and a delightful sense of humour. The Westerwood Hotel was very comfortable and the staff very friendly and helpful. I look forward to travelling with your company again.

AT, Lewes July 2011

‘A great trip with lovely people. I look forward to next year’. ‘An interesting and well structured tour’. ‘A really good and interesting tour. Thank you’. ‘Very interesting and well balanced programme’. ‘A very enjoyable tour’. ‘Most enjoyable and informative tour’.

South Cambs Society July 2010

 

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