Call Us
01334 657155
Search Tours [view all]
Tours ~ Tour Details

Glasgows Artistic Heritage - NADFAS

3 Nightsfrom £495.00 pp

Tour Overview

Follow the works of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and Charles Rennie Mackintosh through the streets of Scotland’s largest city and beyond, from the High Gothic splendour of Mount Stuart to the Art Nouveau flourishes of the Glasgow School of Art.

We begin in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park at Mackintosh’s unique House for an Art Lover, which began as an unsuccessful and unrealised competition entry but came to life 85 years later and offers a remarkable insight into the work of an architect of extraordinary vision. His finest domestic creation Hill House features on our second day and is complemented with a visit to the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, home to one of the finest civic collections in Europe.

Then we head for the coast and a day of sea breezes and sumptuous surroundings, as we sail to the Isle of Bute and visit Mount Stuart, arguably the finest piece of domestic architecture to emerge from Britain's Gothic Revival in the 19th Century. We conclude back in Glasgow with a tour of the exterior of another of Mackintosh’s masterpieces, the Glasgow School of Art, which came perilously close to being lost forever in a fire, and Holmwood House, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s elaborate and influential flight of fancy.
Click here to print a brochure
Click here to make an online reservation

Tour Itinerary Back to top of page

Sunday 15 October 2017
We depart by coach this morning from our pick-up points and head for Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park, where we will visit the House for an Art Lover. The origins of this unique building lie in drawings prepared by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901 as his entry to a competition to design a ‘Haus Eines Kunstfreundes’ or ‘Art Lovers House’ set by German design magazine ‘Zeitschrift Fur Innendekoration’. The entry, though highly commended, was unsuccessful and for more than 80 years Mackintosh’s concept remained an unrealised design on paper, until Graham Roxburgh, the Consulting Engineer responsible for restoring Mackintosh interiors in nearby Craigie Hall, had the idea finally to build the House for an Art Lover. After much detective work and various setbacks Roxburgh’s dream finally became a reality in 1996 when the house opened to the public and today it offers a remarkable insight into the work of an architect of extraordinary vision and imagination.

Later we continue to the 4-star Gleddoch House Hotel, situated within 360 acres of ground overlooking the River Clyde. The hotel has full leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool, and an exclusive spa facility complete with an assortment of sauna, steam and massage treatments.

Monday 16 October 2017
After breakfast this morning we cross the Erskine Bridge for a visit to Hill House, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation which sits high above the River Clyde commanding fine views of the estuary. Commissioned in 1902 by the Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie, the house still makes a striking statement today. Blackie wanted an individual feel to his home and he asked Mackintosh to design not only the house and gardens, but much of the furniture and interiors too. Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret Macdonald, contributed fabric designs and a unique panel over the fireplace in the drawing room. The result is a daring design with an air of restrained elegance, which still appeals to modern-day tastes.

Returning to Glasgow, we visit Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, which first opened its doors to the public on 2 May 1901 when it formed a major part of the Glasgow International Exhibition. Since then has established itself as one of the finest civic collections in Europe. French, Italian and Dutch art feature alongside exhibits as diverse as Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs and Scotland’s Wildlife and there are also galleries devoted to the work of the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists. One of the most popular exhibits is Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross.

We return to our hotel, where dinner is served in the evening.

Tuesday 17 October 2017
After breakfast we head for Wemyss Bay, from where we will catch the morning ferry to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute – while waiting for the ferry it is worth having a quick look at the railway station, one of the finest in Scotland with an elegant roof of glass and steel. On arrival in Rothesay we continue to the spectacular house and gardens of Mount Stuart, which is one of the largest, most spectacular High Victorian Gothic houses in Britain and yet one of the least known. The house itself is arguably the finest piece of domestic architecture to emerge from Britain's Gothic Revival in the 19th Century. The lavish palace boasts a majestic marble hall with remarkable stained glass windows, an awe-inspiring white marble chapel, sumptuous accommodation and richly decorated reception rooms.

The gardens were only opened to the general public for the first time in June 1995. These 300 acres of stunning woodlands and gardens are a real treasure trove for the garden enthusiast. The temperate effect of the Gulf Stream on Bute ensures that there are always many exotic plants, palm trees and Mediterranean blooms to be seen here. There is a pavilion glasshouse in the grounds which nurtures rare species from the tropical rain forests of south-east Asia while native British plants thrive in the fertile soils and mild climate.

Lunch is available here (not included).

We then catch an afternoon ferry back to Wemyss Bay and return to the hotel. Dinner is served in the evening.

Wednesday 18 October 2017
This morning, after breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and travel into Glasgow for a visit to the Glasgow School of Art, considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece. Completed in 1909 the building heralded a new style in 20th century architecture, while fulfilling its original purpose as a working art school, housing the fine art students and staff, at the heart of GSA's campus on Garnethill. On 23 May 2014 a fire damaged the west wing of the Mackintosh building including some studios, the Library and some archival stores and as a result there will be no visitor access to the interiors of the Mackintosh building whilst restoration gets underway. However, we will enjoy an hour-long external guided tour in which we will discover Mackintosh’s ideas, inspirations, education and relationships by exploring the Mackintosh Building façade along with a number of hidden architectural gems in the local area with a special connection to this celebrated architect. There will also be time to look around the 'Window on Mackintosh' Visitor Centre to discover more about the School’s rich history and browse designs by students, staff and alumni in the GSA Shop.

We conclude with a visit to Holmwood House, the finest and most elaborate residential villa designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. It is also rare in retaining much of its original interior decor. Holmwood is considered to be immensely influential by several architectural historians, because the design was published in Villa and Cottage Architecture: select examples of country and suburban residence recently erected in 1868 may have influenced Frank Lloyd Wright and other proto-modernist architects. Holmwood was constructed for James Couper, a paper manufacturer in 1857-1858. Couper owned the Millholm paper mill in the valley of the White Water of Cart immediately below the villa. The polychromatic decoration was designed by Thomson and executed by Campbell Tait Bowie. The most notable survival is in the dining room which has a frieze of panels enlarged from John Flaxman's illustrations of Homer's Iliad. The sculpture on the hall chimneypiece was by George Mossman.

Following this we will return to our original departure points.

What's Included Back to top of page

  • 3 nights’ dinner, bed and full breakfast at the 4-star Gleddoch House Hotel, Langbank. All rooms have private facilities
  • Comfortable coaching throughout
  • Visits to Hill House, Mount Stuart, Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Holmwood House and House for an Art Lover; guided exterior tour of Glasgow School of Art
  • Services of a Brightwater holidays tour manager

Supplements Per Person Back to top of page

  • Single room supplement £96.00
  • Insurance £21.00 (under 65); £42.00 (65-74); £63.00 (75-90)

Departure Points Back to top of page

                                Depart           Return
Aberdeen                0700              2145
Dundee                   0830              2015
Perth                       0900              1945
Kinross                   1000              1845
Dunfermline           1015              1830
Edinburgh              1100              1815
Glasgow                  1215              1700


Please note pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers and all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

The same 3-night package by air from London (and other airports on request) is also available from £595.00 (single supplement from £96.00)
Click here to print a brochure
Click here to make an online reservation

Booking Form

*Lead Passenger Name:
*E-mail Address:
*Phone(day):
*Phone (evening):
*Departure Date:
Number of Passengers:
Preference:
Departure Point (see tour for options - if any)





How did you find us:
Any questions or special requests:
Further Communication: Check if you do not want to receive announcements such as discounted tours.
All images & text © Copyright Brightwater Holidays Ltd 2003-2013
Brightwater Holidays Travel Insurance: 2015, 2016 | Booking Conditions | Cookies and Privacy Policies | Links | Site Map
 
Cookies and Privacy Policies [ X ]
fiogf49gjkf0d

 

Cookies Policy

 

Our website automatically deploys four, sometimes five cookies when you arrive at our website, provided cookies are not blocked by your browser. The first four cookies allow us to track visitor statistics and site usage. The fifth cookie is only set when you come to our site via one of our trusted affiliate partners and tracks affiliate performance.

 

On 27th May 2011, the EC introduced a directive called Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation 2011 which requires the owners of websites to get specific approval from the visitor if cookies are deployed. If you do not wish to have your access to our pages recorded please disable cookies now. By enabling the use of cookies you are agreeing to their use on this website.

 

Privacy Policy

 

Brightwater aims to provide the highest standards of customer service and to maintain these standards we need to collect certain information from you.  In doing so, we are committed to protecting your privacy and adhering to the principles of The Data Protection Act 1998.

 

We would also like to use some of your details so that Brightwater and partners can, from time to time, send you information (by post or e-mail) including offers and updates, that we think may be of interest.  If you do not wish to receive such approaches in the future, please let us know as soon as possible by telephone or letter.

 

When you e-mail us, we may ask for certain information to be able to check this record and answer your questions quickly and accurately.  When you contact us, in any way, we may make a note of this contact if it is relevant to your permanent record.  This allows us to provide a higher level of ongoing customer care.

 

In order to process your booking, we need to collect certain personal details from you.  These will usually include the names and addresses of party members, credit/debit or other payment details and special requirements such as those relating to any disability or medical condition which may affect the holiday arrangements.   We take full responsibility for ensuring that proper security measures are in place to protect your information.  We must pass some information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements such as airlines, hotels, transport companies etc.  The information may also be provided to security or credit checking companies, public authorities such as customs/immigration if required by them, or as required by law.

 

By using this website you are consenting to this privacy policy.  We may in the future change this policy, and if we do so we will post the amended policy on this website.

 

 

CLOSE WINDOW

Bookmark this Site[ X ]

CLOSE WINDOW

Holiday Protection[ X ]

The air holidays and flights shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Our ATOL number is ATOL 4498. ATOL Protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom.

CLOSE WINDOW