Highland Cows in Pollok Park, Glasgow

This morning, I collected a group of seventeen guests from central Glasgow and embarked on a tour as follows:

First to House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park. Although designed as a competition entry in 1901 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the House was constructed 1989-1996. Rooms include Main Room, Dining Room, Oval Room, Music Room and Margaret MacDonald Room. Outside are well maintained gardens.

Formal gardens at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Music Room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Next to the nearby Burrell Collection which comprises a wide-ranging assembly of some 8000 objects amassed by Sir William Burrell during the 20th century.Here can be found objects and art from ancient civilisations, late medieval and Renaissance periods, China, the Islamic world and France.

Hutton Rooms at Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Portal and Door from Hornby Castle at Burrell Collection

Medieval stained glass at Burrell Collection, Glasgow

The Warwick Vase at Burrell Collection, Glasgow

After lunch at the Burrell Collection we drove North-West for 50 minutes, across the River Clyde and through Dumbartonshire to Helensburgh to our next stop of Hill House. This is also Mackintosh designed, from 1903, being commissioned by publisher, Walter Blackie as a private family home. Mackintosh also designed the interior including graphics, furniture, cutlery, furnishings and fabrics. The interiors were the results of collaboration with Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret MacDonald.The house is surrounded by extensive gardens. High elevation affords good views across the Firth of Clyde.

Entrance to Hill House with Firth of Clyde in distance.

Hill House Wild Flower Orchard

Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Our final stop for the day was a brief visit to the quaint and historic village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond from Luss Pier

Luss, Loch Lomond, Scotland

After Luss we returned to the guests hotel in central Glasgow where we duly arrived about 6.00pm thus concluding the day’s tour.

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