Tours

This tour is now fully booked.  Should you wish to place your name on the waiting list. please contact Ann Burgess.  Tel: 07702 020119 Email: garaburgess@btinternet.com

Fine Arts and Historic Houses in Glasgow & Edinburgh

Sunday 5th – Thursday 9th May 2019

Discover two wonderful cities renowned for architecture, internationally acclaimed museums and galleries and the friendliness of its people.  Our visits include an insight into the considerable influence that Charles Rennie Mackintosh had on European Design, visits to nearby iconic houses and collections as well as journeying through spectacular scenery and a very special tour and private dinner at Dalmeny House

Our hotel

The New Lanark Mill Hotel is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.  New Lanark is a small 18th century village, designed as a model industrial centre.  Today, the mill buildings, school and workers’ homes have been converted into shops, museums and the New Lanark Mill Hotel.  The hotel has spacious, comfortable en-suite rooms, a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and lift accessible to all floors.

Our Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart Melksham & Corsham for Tatton Park in Cheshire with a rest stop on the way.  Located in 1000 acres of beautiful deer park there is plenty to see at this wonderful estate.

There will be time to visit the Neo-Classical Mansion (NT) with its rich furnishings and important collection of paintings and books.  There will be a little time to enjoy the formal gardens, as well as having an included light lunch before continuing our journey northward to our hotel.

Day 2 – After breakfast, we head to Glasgow where we will be accompanied by a local Blue Badge guide.  The day will include an orientation of the city including a visit to Glasgow’s medieval cathedral and a light lunch at the famous Willows Tea Rooms.  Visits to the House for an Art Lover and the Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum will ensure that we see the highlights of the area.  The House for an Art Lover, set within its own grounds was inspired by the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and combines art gallery, exhibition space and multipurpose artists’ studios.

Although designed in 1901, construction did not start until 1989 and opened in 1996.  The Kelvingrove houses one of Europe’s great civic art collections including works by the Old Masters, French Impressionists, Dutch Renaissance and Scottish Colourists.  Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 – This morning we will travel to Edinburgh, where we will again be accompanied by our guide.  The day will be a little more relaxed allowing some time for independent exploration.  However; included attractions will be to The Scottish National Gallery which displays some of the greatest art in the world including Monet, Van Gogh and a history of Scottish paintings including Ramsay and McTaggart.  This afternoon you will have the choice of a visit to The Palace of Holyroodhouse OR the Royal Yacht Britannia.

At Holyroodhouse you can explore the historic and State Apartments and remarkable royal gardens.  Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, but today the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining.  Britannia has served the Royal Family for over 44 years, travelling over one million miles.  It proved to be the perfect royal residence for state visits, official receptions and family holidays, and offers an insight to a part of the lives of the Royal Family not seen elsewhere.  We return for dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 – This morning we visit and have a tour of Traquair House, Scotland’s Oldest inhabited House.  Originally a royal hunting lodge it has been visited by 27 Scottish Kings and Queens and has been lived in by the Stuart family since 1491.  The house tour gives us the intimate family feel with the main rooms reflecting an eighteenth century decor.  However, step through to the original tower and we’ll see the bed where Mary, Queen of Scots slept and the original stair that became part of the secret escape route for Catholic priests in times of terror.  There are also grounds with over 100 acres including woodlands, walled garden and a large hedged maze, garden cafe and a Brewery on site.

After our visit we shall stop in a nearby town where there will be time to have lunch.  We will then return to our hotel for some free time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities or explore the Mill and Museum.  Late in the afternoon we will board the coach to travel to Dalmeny House for an exclusive private tour, followed by dinner.

This wonderful Gothic revival mansion houses a renowned collection of French furniture, porcelain and portraits by Gainsborough, Reynolds and Lawrence.

Day 5 – After breakfast we leave the hotel to head South.  Our lunchtime break will be at Stoke on Trent for a tour of the World of Wedgwood.  The award winning Factory Tour offers an in depth :view of all aspects of quality ceramic production including casting figure making, pattern decorating and hand painting, ornamentation and gilding.  After a light lunch (included) we will continue our onward journey home with a break on the way.

The exact order of excursions is subject to change.

Cost: £560 per person based on two sharing a twin/double room on a minimum of 35 passengers.  The price will increase to £580 per person with a minimum of 30 passengers.

What’s included

  • Executive touring coach throughout
  • 4 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Porterage
  • Pre-dinner drinks on arrival night
  • 3 dinners at the hotel
  • 3 lunches
  • Private tour & dinner at Dalmeny House
  • Excursions and admissions as detailed above

Extras

  • Single supplement at £70 per person
  • Travel insurance at £25 per person
  • Admission to National Trust properties
  • Gratuities

For further information and booking

Please contact Mrs Ann Burgess
Email: garaburgess@btinternet.com  Tel 07702 020119