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Hiking Group at Carmunnock, Glasgow, Scotland

This evening, I am posting images and information on today’s group hike around parts of South Glasgow, Scotland. The route commenced in the village of Carmunnock then to Cathkin Braes and on to Cathcart via Linn Park.

The group benefited from benign weather conditions and early Spring sunshine. Features en-route included:

  • Woodland and open parkland.
  • Public art.
  • White Cart Water (river).
  • Woodland bivouac.
  • Fungi
  • Landscape view of Glasgow.
  • Wind Turbine.
  • Historic village greens at Carmunnock.
  • War Memorial.
  • Carmunnock Hall.

The route covered a distance of about 12km (7.5 miles).

Carmunnock War Memorial

Carmunnock Hall

Village Greens, Carmunnock, Glasgow

Hiking Group at Carmunnock, Glasgow

Grand House, Carmunnock

Wind Turbine, Cathkin Braes, Glasgow

City of Glasgow from Cathkin Braes, Scotland

Hiking Group at Cathkin Braes, Scotland

Castlemilk, Glasgow, Scotland

Fungi, Cathkin Braes

Hiking Trail, Cathkin Braes, Glasgow

Bivouac, Linn Park, Glasgow

Tree Bark Pattern, Linn Park

Public Art, Linn Park, Glasgow

Linn Park, Glasgow

White Cart Water, Linn Park

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

This morning, I collected two guests from central Glasgow and then embarked on a Mackintosh, architecture themed tour of Glasgow.


Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) was an outstanding architect and designer who pioneered the Modern Movement. He was famous for designing every aspect of a project down to such details as cutlery, furniture and light fittings.

Mackintosh was one of a quartet known as the ‘Glasgow Four’ which comprised himself, his wife, Margaret MacDonald, Margaret’s sister, Frances and Herbert McNair. The group worked within the Glasgow School of Art around 1890-1910 and produced decorative works of furniture, architecture, panels, embroideries and graphic material.

Our first stop was the (fire damaged) Glasgow School of Art: 167 Renfrew Street, G3 6RQ 

A new plot for the School was acquired in 1895 and the Glasgow architect firm of Honeyman and Keppie (with which Mackintosh was associated) won the design competition. This building is considered Mackintosh’s masterpiece and has been called the most important building worldwide in that decade. The north façade exactly reflects the internal plan of the building, resulting in a triumph of balanced asymmetry. Due to financial constraints, half was completed in 1899 with western end finished exactly a decade later in 1909 when Mackintosh was 41 yrs of age. On May 23rd 2014 the interior of the Art School suffered extensive fire damage.

The eastern end of the building was covered in scaffolding but we were able to get a good appreciation the western end, and parts of the front facade.

Front entrance to Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art

Next , we moved on to House for an Art Lover, 10 Dumbreck Road, G41 5BW.

This is located in Bellahouston Park and close to the Burrell Collection.

Mackintosh’s plans (in 1901) for Haus Eines Kunstfreundes languished for 90 years until 1989 when Graham Roxburgh, an engineer, had the idea to build it. It was eventually completed in 1996.

Rooms include the Main Room, Dining Room, Oval Room, Music Room and the Margaret Macdonald Room.

House for an Art Lover, Glaasgow, Scotland

Music Room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Dining Room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Next, we visited the nearby Scotland Street School Museum, 225 Scotland Street, G5 8QB

This was Mackintosh’s last public commission in Glasgow. Here Mackintosh reversed tradition and gave the towers with conical roofs walls of glass with narrow stone mullions. Instead of spiral stairs he used straight flights, which benefited from the light which streams into them. Mackintosh played off the verticality of the towers against the horizontal nature of the rest of the building.

Scotland Street School, Glasgow

Glass walled tower at Scotland Street School, Glasgow

Next, we visited Mackintosh Church: 870 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G20 7EL

Contemporary with School of Art (1897-9). Designed by Mackintosh working for Honeyman and Keppie. Design reveals a sophisticated handling of form, ornament and symbolic meaning.

Pulpit, Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

Inside Mackintosh Church, Glasgow, Scotland

Next, we went to Ruchill Church Hall but found the interior closed.

Built as a mission (community centre) in 1899 and pre-dates the adjacent church which is not Mackintosh designed.

The Hall primarily consists of two halls and two committee rooms which are still in use today. Considered a well-planned minor work.

Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow

Next to  the Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Glasgow Style Gallery at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

The work on display in Kelvingrove principally comprises furniture, decorative panels and light fittings from the Ingram Street Tea Rooms and date from 1900-1912.

Mackintosh Gallery, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow

Mackintosh Gallery, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow

Next to Mackintosh House, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ

Interior of 6 Florentine Terrace meticulously reassembled within the University’s Art Gallery. Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald resided at Florentine Terrace form 1906-1914.

The house is not large and extends to three rooms and related furniture.

After Mackintosh’s death, the house was bought by William Davidson who gave it to the Hunterian Art Gallery. The original building was demolished but the interiors have been recreated a block away from the original.

Dining Room: This was off the hall to the right and resembles its predecessor in Mains Street.  The Mackintoshes combined old and new, light and dark, masculine and feminine.

Drawing Room/Studio: Situated on the first floor, Mackintosh combined two rooms to make an L shaped drawing room-cum studio. The furniture and fittings originally came from Mains Street.

Bedroom: Two bedrooms on the second floor were converted into one L shaped room, which is painted white. The fireplace and furniture were all transferred from 120 Mains Street.

Mackintosh House, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow

The Mackintosh House represented the final visit of the day after which guests were returned to central Glasgow.

Broadway Tower

This evening, I am posting information on Broadway Tower, a folly (no functional use) which dates from 1789 and reaches a height of 1024 feet (312 metres), the second highest vantage point in the Cotswolds.

The tower was designed by architect, James Wyatt for the 6th Earl of Coventry who in turn followed a vision of leading landscape designer ‘Capability’ Brown.

The building’s eccentric design has, over the years, inspired eccentric occupants including a book and manuscript collector and Arts & Craft Movement members. During military conflicts in the 20th century, the Tower was used as a lookout (for military aircraft).

Today, the Tower is a visitor attraction and is deserving of inclusion in a Cotswolds tour, being just seen miles from the popular village of Chipping Campden. The local parkland is conducive to hiking and cycling and a small herd of Red Deer can be seen. Restaurant facilities are available on site.

Red Deer at Broadway Tower

Village of Broadway

Landscape view from Tower

Landscape view from Tower