A 5 day 4 night National Trust holiday to central Scotland stopping at the Hallmark Hotel in central Glasgow. In association with Ormskirk & District Association of National Trust Members
- Staying at the Hallmark Hotel, Glasgow
- Diner, Bed and Breakfast
- Culzean Castle
- Hill House
- Melrose Abbey
Full Tour Details
Sunday 17th September 2017
Depart from Washway Farm at 9.00am. After taking a comfort stop we will drive over the border to the Ayrshire coast to visit Culzean Castle with its dramatic clifftop setting, Robert Adam architecture, fascinating history and beautiful scenery, it’s easy to see why Culzean Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.
Surrounded by Culzean Country Park, an extensive estate encompassing lush woodland, landscaped gardens and rugged coastline, this 18th-century Scottish castle couldn’t be better placed for our visit, it’s easy to see why Culzean Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.
We then make our way further north to our base at the Hallmark Hotel in Glasgow City close to The Clyde, the hotel has an indoor heated pool and full spa facilities, we stay here for 4 nights on a dinner bed and breakfast basis.
Monday 18th September 2107
Today we will have a guided tour of the city highlights including The Victorian Necropolis with it’s 3,500 tombs This burial ground was always intended to be interdenominational and the first burial in 1832 was that of a Jew, Joseph Levi, a jeweller.
In 1833 the first Christian burial was of Elizabeth Miles, stepmother of the Superintendent, George Mylne. Kelvin Grove Museum & Art Gallery which has 22 themed galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects, brought together from across Glasgow Museums’ rich and varied collection, which is a Recognised Collection of National Significance. The displays are extensive and wide-ranging.
There will be free time for lunch and later we head west to Hill House, high on a hill in Helensburgh, overlooking the River Clyde, sits what is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic
Tuesday 19th September 2017
After breakfast we go to Edinburgh where we pick up our guide for a city tour including The Royal Mile, Holyrood House, Calton Hill, Princes Street, The Castle and we will have time to visit The Georgian House on the north side of Charlotte Square which is Robert Adam’s masterpiece of urban architecture, with its elegant furnished interior, located at No. 7 Charlotte Square.
It was built in 1796 for John Lamont, 18th Chief of the Clan Lamont, and he lived here with his family until 1815. Later we have time to get lunch and then spend the afternoon in the city.
Wednesday 20th September 2017
Above stairs, the lavish family rooms are packed full of period furniture and furnishings. Below stairs the vast servants’ quarters show the realities of running a country house. Take a wander round Pollok House’s upper floors for a fascinating insight into the Maxwell family’s Edwardian lifestyle.
Their everyday rooms included a billiard room (now a dining room), a music room and a library designed to hold 7,000 books. Next we go to Holmwood House, this unique villa has been described as Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s finest domestic design.
It was built in 1857-8 for James Couper, a local businessman. Many rooms are richly ornamented in wood, plaster and marble.
Thursday 21st September 2017
This morning we check out of the hotel and take a beautiful drive along the River Tweed. Our first port of call is at the newly opened Visitor’s Centre at Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott’s 19th Century gothic fantasy of a country home.
This charming house has undergone extensive restorations. From here we continue the short distance to Melrose Abbey A magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry. Probably the most famous ruin in Scotland, the abbey was founded by David I in 1136 for the Cistercian Order, and it was largely destroyed by Richard II’s English army in 1385.
The surviving remains of the church are of the early 15th century, and are of an elegance unsurpassed in Scotland. Objects found during excavation are displayed in the Commendator’s House.
From here we make our way home, we shall stop for an early evening meal (Included) and finally to Washway Farm arriving at 8pm
Location Map - Hallmark Hotel Glasgow, Scotland
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