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08 October 2018Report on the holiday to Glasgow 8-12th October 2018
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Report on the holiday to Glasgow 8-12th October 2018
Monday 08 October 2018

The group holiday this year was spent in Scotland, staying in a city centre hotel in Glasgow.   The tour was arranged and booked again for us by Heritage Travel under the leadership of Alan and Veronica Lansdown.   Thirty-six members left very early in the morning of Monday, 8th October by coach to Gatwick from where we took an Easy Jet flight to Glasgow.   

Our coach with our driver for the week, Graham, met us for the airport and took us for the first day’s outing to Culzean Castle on the west of coast in Ayrshire.   We had lunch in the café before visiting the castle and walking in the gardens.  It was regrettable that it began to rain during the afternoon, but we were able to retire to the tea room before we were driven back to Glasgow to our hotel, The Apex City of Glasgow Hotel in Bath Street.  After settling into our well-appointed rooms, we met up in the dining room for dinner when everyone had the chance to get to know one another.

It had been arranged to spend the whole of Tuesday in Glasgow, commencing with a walking tour in two groups.  The rather damp weather had improved by the time we meet up in the newly-renovated Willow Tea Rooms which had been designed by the Architect, Charles Rennie Macintosh. This year is the celebration of 150 years since his birth.  After coffee and cake, we returned to the hotel from where the coach took us to the Hunterian Art Gallery where we saw the Macintosh House which had been transferred brick by brick and piece by piece.  It was fascinating to see the architecture, furniture, paintings and fabrics all designed by Charles and his wife, Margaret Macdonald, one of Scotland’s foremost lady artists.  After a quick snack lunch in the Glasgow University refectory we were taken to the House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park.  This extraordinary building was designed by Mackintosh for an exhibition in 1900 but his plans were realised in 1995 following his architectural plans and furnished according to photos and drawings.  Some of us enjoyed tea in the tea room before returning to our hotel.   In the evening we either went to local restaurants or had a meal in the hotel dining room.

Wednesday proved to be a perfect Autumn day which meant we saw the autumn tints at their best as we made our way to Dumfries House, near Cumnock.  After being owned by the Bute family, it was sold in 2007 to a consortium led by HRH, the Prince of Wales.  The Palladian mansion was constructed in the mid-1700s by the Adam brothers, the well-known architects. After excellent guided tours, we walked in the gardens and grounds in the sunshine. The afternoon found us at Drumlanrig Castle, built more than 300 years ago by William Douglas, 1st Duke of Queensbury, now owned by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensbury.  One of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture it houses one of Scotland’s finest collections of fine art where we had guided tours.  It was disappointing that the tea room and shop had closed for the season on the day we were there.

On Thursday, 11th October we set off in good time for a day visit to Edinburgh reaching there in good time where our guide boarded the coach to give us an excellent orientation tour of the city.  After a coffee and comfort break, we visited Holyrood House, Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland, associated in the past with Mary, Queen of Scots.  We also had the opportunity of seeing round the Queen’s Gallery where there was an exhibition of Italian Canaletto Painting from the royal collections.  The next port of call was to see round the Royal Yacht Britannia, berthed at the Ocean Terminal at Leith on the River Firth.  This ship saw service to the Queen and the Royal Family as well as other dignitaries from 1954-1997. We returned to the hotel where we had dinner together as a group.  At the end of the meal, the Chairman, Diana Bowes, thanked Alan and Veronica for arranging and leading the holiday.

On Friday, we left the hotel and made our way to Stirling Castle, which dates back 800 years to the 12th century. Many important events in Scotland’s history took place here.  After a free flow tour and time for refreshments, we left for Loch Lomond.  It was unfortunate that the weather had closed in on us, so it was not possible to see the scenery at its best.  We had lunch at a hotel, The Lodge on the Loch Hotel at Luss, before leaving for Glasgow airport for our return flight to Gatwick.

It was an enjoyable holiday during which we visited many places seeing works of art and learnt about Scotland’s history and architectural heritage. 

Our grateful thanks to Alan and Veronica who looked after us all so well and made the arrangements with Heritage Travel.

Diana Bowes


21st October 2018