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House for Art Lover, Glasgow

House for Art Lover by Mackintosh

Today, I provided a private, Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture tour of Glasgow for two guests from the U.S.

After meeting at the Argyll Hotel we drove to House for an Art Lover at Bellahouston Park. This was designed by Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald in 1901 but the actual building was not constructed until 1996. The exterior is shown above whilst this video clip  together with image below shows aspects of the interior which is the work of contemporary artist and craftspeople. Read more on Charles Rennie Mackintosh Tour, Glasgow, Scotland…



Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland

This evening, I am dipping into my portfolio  to present a selection of landscape images from the Isle of Skye which is a large island in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. Skye is very popular with visitors although from my experience many underestimate the distances  involved. The island is is 50 miles long and up to 25 miles wide. At least one full day should be allowed to tour the island.

Most of Skye is ofvolcanic origin which in turn has produced lava landscapes, especially in the Trotternish area which features the Old Man of Storr. The island is perhaps best known for the Cuillin Mountains which are very popular with climbers throughout the year. Here is a video clip  taken in the centre of Skye. Read more on Isle of Skye Landscapes…



Whisky stills at Balvenie

Whisky stills at Balvenie Distillery

Today, we visited two Speyside distilleries and a famous Whisky Bar.

First stop was Balvenie, a sister distillery of Glenfiddich at Dufftown. here we joined an exclusive 3 hour tour which took us through the entire whisky making process from malting, mashing and fermentation to distillation and maturation. We also paid a brief visit to the distillery’s cooperage. Balvenie is one of the handful of Scottish whisky distilleries which still undertakes the entire end-to end process on site. Most distilleries have now contracted out malting and cooperage. Read more on Speyside Whisky Tour, Scotland…