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Welcome to the ‘The Art & History of Glasgow & Edinburgh & Charles Rennie Mackintosh’ tour. You can view full details of this tour, share this tour with others, pay your final balance before departure and, once you have departed on your holiday, share your group photos and write reviews.

Itinerary

Day 1

We depart from our designated pick up points in our private executive coach. En route to our hotel we visit Tatton Park near Manchester, one of the most complete historic estates open to visitors in England. The early 19th century house sits amid a landscaped deer park and the theme of Victorian grandeur extends into the garden. We continue to the 4* Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel on the outskirts of Dunfermline for a four night stay on a half board basis.

Day 2

With our Blue Badge guide we visit Edinburgh for a guided tour of the National Gallery of Scotland. Including paintings by renowned artists such as Van Dyck and Tiepolo, the Gallery is home to Scotland’s greatest collection of European paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance to Post Impressionist eras. This afternoon we visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Serving the Royal Family for over forty years, the Royal Yacht played a leading role in some of the defining moments of recent history. The audio tour takes in the State Dining Room, the Bridge and the Queen’s Sitting Room.

Day 3

Our Blue Badge guide meets us at our hotel this morning and accompanies us throughout the day. During our guided tour of Glasgow this morning we visit St Mungo’s Cathedral. Consecrated in 1197, the medieval cathedral is home to one of the finest post war collections of stained glass windows in Britain. We then visit the unique House for an Art Lover, which opened to the public in 1996 and was inspired by Mackintosh’s competition entry of 1901. The attraction incorporates a permanent exhibition of decoratively furnished rooms, realised by contemporary artists and crafts people, which allow visitors the opportunity to compare the original drawings against each completed room. This afternoon we visit the Hunterian Gallery, safeguarding the Mackintosh Collection, and comprising of 800 drawings, designs and watercolours, as well as a small but important archive of correspondence, photographs and periodicals. Whilst at the Hunterian Gallery, you may choose to visit Mackintosh House on an individual basis, which is a reconstruction of the principal interiors from the original Glasgow home of the architect. Rooms on display include the hall, dining room, studio drawing room and main bedroom where Mackintosh’s distinctive and contemporary style is evident.

Day 4

With our Blue Badge guide we return to Edinburgh today. This morning we visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty the Queen. Situated at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile against the backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, our visit also includes entrance to the Queen’s Gallery, built in the shell of the former Holyroodhouse Free Church and Duchess of Gordon’s School. The rest of the day is at leisure in Edinburgh and on an individual basis you may choose to visit Edinburgh Castle.

Day 5

After checking out of our hotel and en route home we visit Dumfries House for a guided tour followed by included tea or coffee, and shortbread. Designed 250 years ago by renowned 18th century architect brothers John, Robert and James Adam, Dumfries House is an imposing Palladian mansion nestled within 2,000 acres of scenic countryside in Ayrshire in south-west Scotland. It contains a fine collection of Chippendale furniture designed for the house. Today the house is widely acknowledged as one of the most architecturally significant stately homes within the United Kingdom. Taking carefully selected comfort stops en route, we return back to our original pick up points.

NB: Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Price based on twin share. Minimum numbers required. Normal booking conditions apply.

Featuring

4* hotel

Half board accommodation

All excursion travel, entrance fees & guided tours included

Blue Badge guide on Days 2 to 4

Executive coach throughout

Gratuities & audio headsets on Days 2 to 4 included

Tatton Park

National Gallery of Scotland – guided tour

Royal Yacht Britannia – audio tour

Glasgow – guided tour

St Mungo’s Cathedral

House for an Art Lover

Hunterian Gallery

Palace of Holyroodhouse & the Queen’s Gallery

Edinburgh

Dumfries House – guided tour, tea or coffee & shortbread

Hotel

We stay four nights on a half board basis at the 4* Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel on the outskirts of Dunfermline (www.keavilhouse.co.uk). Located in a countryside setting, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and a gymnasium. All rooms are en suite and feature television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.

Extras

Insurance (including Covid cover) £29

Single room supplement £99

Optional Excursions

All excursion travel, entrance fees & guided tours included

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