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Scotland: Art & Architecture

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Scotland: Art & Architecture

6 Days

Scotland’s two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, offer two completely different yet equally inspiring experiences. Appreciate the full spectrum of Scottish art, architecture, history and culture as you are treated to exclusive experiences and private tours.

Beginning in Edinburgh, widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and ending in Glasgow, famed for its innovation, design and warm hospitality, your stay can be created to fit your exact preferences and requests.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Dream Escape’s ‘Cultural Cities’ programme could include any of the following experiences:

  • Perfect your photography skills on a private tour of Edinburgh led by an expert photographer, who will show you the best vantage points for the city’s most famous landmarks.

 

  • See ‘Glasgow’s Guggenheim’ on the banks of the River Clyde, designed by the much-acclaimed Zaha Hadid.

 

  • Explore the ‘Athens of the North’, a capital city of two halves: the grand, Georgian New Town, and the twisting labyrinth of the medieval Old Town.

 

  • Discover Glasgow’s breath-taking surrounding countryside in true style as you sail across Loch Lomond aboard a luxury motor cruiser.

 

  • Enjoy a curator-led tour at your choice of one of Scotland’s national art galleries.

 

  • Visit the building widely regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation and take a private tour around the house and gardens.
  • Join a local artist in Holyrood Park and be guided and advised as you sketch out Edinburgh’s famous skyline, including the towering, ancient volcano of Arthur’s Seat.

 

  • Take a guided tour of the ultra-modern Scottish Parliament building and discover the architectural inspiration behind this award-winning creation.

 

  • Roam the streets of Glasgow and marvel at the contrast of art-nouveau and modernism which saw it crowned the UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999.

 

  • Step inside the National Museum of Scotland and learn more about the history of this fascinating nation on a private tour.

 

We suggest a stay in the following accommodation in Edinburgh; relax in a contemporary, five-star property on the Royal Mile which itself is an iconic landmark of the city.

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THINGS TO DO

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND

Taking no more than 60 minutes, this museum will take you back in time into a world of Jacobite plots, royal feuds and ancient loyalties.

THE NATIONAL MONUMENT

is the most striking monument, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Intended to commemorate the Scottish servicemen who died in the Napoleonic Wars, it was never completed leaving just the twelve columns you see today.

PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

The official residence in Scotland of HM, The Queen and The Royal Family. It is also home to the changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, featuring old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and images from the vast photograph collection.

SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

One of Edinburgh’s most remarkable buildings – a great red sandstone neo-Gothic palace and home to the national collections of portraits and photography collections.

KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM

considered to be Glasgow’s leading museum and is home to an outstanding art collection and a vast natural history collection, plus one of the finest collections of arms and armours in the world.

HILL HOUSE

Overlooking the River Clyde, Hill House is home to what is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation.

PLACES VISITED

EDINBURGH

Scotland’s historic capital city. Edinburgh, sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neo- classical New Town, dating from the 18th The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and saw it awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

The Royal Mile, which lies at the heart of the Old Town is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world. Today, it is peppered with stores selling cashmere goods and hand crafted silver jewellery. However, in centuries gone by it was a different story: delving into the Old Town is like leafing through the pages of a dusty historical novel, as each era unfolds with its own legends and characters.

LOCH LOMOND

Loch Lomond is one of the Scotland’s most famous stretches of water. Formed during the last Ice Age, the north is dominated by mountainous peaks and a scattering of islands can be found at the southern shores.

The loch is steeped in history and has inspired artists, poets and writers for centuries. Praised by such figures as Robert Burns and Gerard Manley Hopkins as well as being the focus of the ever-popular song “The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond”, which closes many a night of revelry, it has earned its place in Scottish culture both high and low.

GLASGOW

The city buzzes with atmosphere and exudes history. It has a rich and colourful past – from humble beginnings, this western settlement flourished with arrival of industry and has continued to evolve ever since. The city has received international acclaim for its architecture. Traveling round the streets in some areas is like wandering through a living museum. Art and Design have always had a strong and steady heartbeat in the city, from the Industrial Revolution to the days of the legendary Charles Rennie Mackintosh who created many of the city’s best loved and most influential buildings.

INCHMURRIN ISLAND

The largest of the Loch Lomond’s islands and home to the ancient remains of Lennox Castle which in the 14th century sheltered fugitive Robert the Bruce before he was to become King of Scotland, and Inchconnachan Island, where a wallaby colony introduced in the 1940s and remains to this day.

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