Gardens and Architecture of the Firth of Clyde


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“Art is the flower. Life is the green leaf.” It’s almost as if Charles Rennie Mackintosh were describing our tour himself. Join us as we visit some of his greatest works as well as other architectural marvels and fine gardens in and around the Firth of Clyde.

Sadly, the Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh’s iconic masterpiece, has had to be removed from this tour following a second, more devastating fire which will result in the building being demolished. It is hoped that it will be rebuilt and one day perhaps we will return…

In the meantime, its place has been taken by Scotland Street School, built in 1906 to a design by Mackintosh, with many typical features and details. In its present day role it also happens to be a very interesting museum, lifting the desk lid on Scottish school education, once the envy of the world.

We will also visit the House for an Art Lover and away from the city we will visit Hill House, one of his finest domestic creations, which sits high above the River Clyde with commanding views of the firth. Currently undergoing a major conservation project, it is now enclosed in a metallic mesh structure which has become a feature of the visitor experience.

We also visit the nearby gardens of Glenarn, reputedly one of the best woodland gardens in Scotland, and sail across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Bute for a visit to Mount Stuart, one of the largest High Gothic houses in Britain – which offers the perfect combination of architectural grandeur and captivating gardens.

Finally, no Mackintosh tour would be complete until we’ve enjoyed afternoon tea at the Mackintosh at the Willow Tearooms in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street, newly opened after a major refurbishment – you won’t be disappointed!

Tour highlights:

  • Views over the River Clyde from Hill House
  • The Gothic splendour of Mount Stuart
  • 1,000 year old King Fern at Ascog Hall
  • Afternoon tea at the world-famous Mackintosh at the Willow Tearoom
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  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Ferry crossings
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