2 WEEKS IN GLASGOW

Glasgow has a huge amount to offer, places to eat, culture to absorb as well as shops for retail therapy. In view of its location and excellent communications Brough Hall is an ideal centre to visit the south west Highlands of Scotland and Robbie Burns Country to the south.

In order to whet your appetite, and encourage you to stay at Brough Hall the following is some suggestions for holiday activities. The flat is equipped with maps, road atlas and a welcome folder containing additional information for visitors.

Kelvingrove Museum
On 30 June 2003, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum closed its doors for a three-year, £25.5 million refurbishment. Watch this space!

Mitchell Library

Burrell Collection
Sir William Burrell's personal treasure trove is just wonderful, only 8000 items to browse through, and all set in a country park only 4 miles from the centre of town.

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Museum Of Modern Art
The second most visited contemporary art museum outside London.

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Retail Therapy In Glasgow

Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre
It's impossible to leave empty handed when you visit Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre situated in the heart of the city, it has over 80 of the best high street stores, including John Lewis, Mango, H&M, and GAP as well as Warner Brothers Studio Store, The Whisky Shop, Virgin Cosmetics and Ottaker's Bookstore.

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Open Top Bus Tour
All of the vehicles used In the Glasgow City Tour (Vintage Open Top Bus Tour) are part of Glasgow who are dedicated to preserving the heritage of local transport for the public. All of our vehicles have been decoratively restored in the local Glasgow Livery of Green, Cream and Orange.

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House for an Art Lover
The House was completed in 1996 inspired by CRM's portfolio of drawings of 1901 which were submitted as a competition entry to a German design magazine. A permanent exhibition of decorative furnished rooms have been realised by contemporary artists and craftspeople.

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Willow Tea Rooms www.willowtearooms.co.uk
Step inside the world-famous Willow Tea Rooms, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903, for entrepreneur Miss Kate Cranston. The Willow name comes from Sauchiehall, the street where it is situated, which in Scottish Gaelic means alley of the willows. The Willow remains open today to welcome visitors keen to experience the splendour of a bygone era and take tea just as they did in the same rooms and interiors 100 years ago.

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McLellan Galleries
On 30 June 2003, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum closed its doors for a three-year, £25.5 million refurbishment. During the closure the highlights of the fine and decorative arts collections are being brought to The McLellan Galleries in the city centre. Art Treasures of Kelvingrove will showcase some of the highlights from Kelvingrove's collection as well as those favourites chosen by the public and museum staff.

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The Glasgow School of Art
The history of the Glasgow School of Art is inextricably linked to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A graduate of the School, Mackintosh's 1896 design for a new School of Art building heralded the birth of a new style in 20th century European architecture and remains at the centre of the campus. But Mackintosh was more than just an architect. He was also an outstanding international artist and designer. Today, over one hundred years later, The Glasgow School of Art is still a hardworking art school and the Mackintosh Building continues to be admired and respected and has taken its place as one of the most influential and significant structures of the twentieth century.

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The Hill House in Helensborough
Commissioned in 1902 by the Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie, the house still makes a striking statement today. Blackie wanted an individual feel to his home and he asked Mackintosh to design not only the house and gardens, but much of the furniture and interiors. Margaret Macdonald, Mackintosh's wife contributed fabric designs and a panel over the fireplace in the drawing room. The result is a daring design with an air of restrained elegance, which still appeals to modern-day tastes.

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Science Mall
Titanium-clad like the IMAX the Science Mall is the hands-on building presenting over 300 interactive exhibits on science and technology and their relationship to everyday life. Featuring subject areas from the local to the international and out of this world into space, the Mall takes an interactive approach and fun is the key throughout a brilliant day out for ages 3-103. Also includes the IMAX cinema and The Glasgow Tower (the tallest structure in Scotland).

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Museum of Transport www.glasgowmuseums.com
The Museum of Transport uses its collection of vehicles and models to tell the story of transport by land and sea. The breadth of the collection is impressive, featuring all forms of transport from horse-drawn carriages to fire engines, from motorcycles to caravans. Even prams and toy cars are represented. The huge contribution of the River Clyde and its shipbuilders and engineers to maritime history is reflected in the fascinating Clyde Room which houses 250 model ships. Glasgow's railway heritage is also celebrated through its impressive collection of locomotives.

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Pollok House
Step into the magnificent mahogany and marble hallway at Pollok House and it's hard to believe you're only a few miles from Glasgow's city centre. The ancestral home of the Maxwell family who lived on the site for over six centuries, the present house was begun in the mid-18th century and extended in the Victorian period. The interiors at Pollok House are wonderful and visitors will be delighted by the period furnishings, silverware and ceramics on display.

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Para Handy Trail
In January 1905 readers of the Glasgow Evening News first met ", Master Mariner." Since then Neil Munro's immortal skipper and the Vital Spark - "the smertest boat in the coastin' tred" - have won a very special place in the hearts of those who love the West of Scotland . Munro's stories have been continuously in print for the last 100 years and Para and the Vital Spark sail into the 21st Century as fresh and as funny as when they first appeared in the News.

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries
This is a great neo-classical building with a collection of shawls, Paisley being the centre of the Victorian Glasgow cloth trade. There is also a world class collection of Scottish art from Raeburn and Ramsey, the Glasgow boys and Paisley’s own John Byrne.

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Paisley Abbey
Built in 1163, founded as a Cluniac Monastry, the abbey retains its medieval nave with transepts and choir restored in 19th & 20th centuries. It has royal tombs, fine woodcarving and stained glass windows.

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Coats Observatory
This working Victorian Observatory, built in 1883 is almost opposite the apartment, is of interest to anyone with an interest in astronomy, astronautics, seismology and meteorology

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Edinburgh Castle

Oban, Gateway to the Isles
Venture out to the Highlands for a day. Oban, on a straight drive is about 2½ hours drive from the apartment or take the train. The drive takes you out past Loch Lomond, to Inveraray where the Duke of Argyll has his castle, but the town is perhaps just as well known for the Loch Fyne Whisky Shop. From Inveraray drive to Tyndrum and through Rannoch Moor, a stunningly beautiful part of Scotland, and Glen Coe to Oban. There probably won’t be time to visit Mull, but take the ferry out and back, about 1¾ hours sailing leaving on the even hour, but you will need to get your ticket before boarding so allow an extra 10 minutes. On a fine day it is stunning. Also in Oban is the War and Peace Museum, Chocolate Factory and the Oban Distillary. The train journey is probably the way to go, the journey is stunning and the railway station in Oban is next to the ferry and close to the attractions mentioned above.

The Clyde Walk

The Isle of Bute
Get the train from Gilmour Street, to wemsyss bay and get the ferry to Rothsay. Buses serve visitors well, leaving at regular intervals to the north and to the south. There is no circular tour. Take the bus south to the Fernary, then later to Bute House then the bus back to Rothsay and the ferry. Bute House, home of Johnny Bute the racing driver, is spectacular.

Loch Lomond

A day or two with Robbie Burns.
Ayrshire is the birthplace of Robert Burns, the National Poet of Scotland. He was born in the village of Alloway on 25th January 1759, in a thatched cottage built by his father. Needless to say Ayrshire full of places connected with the poet, so it is difficult to move without coming into contact or being reminded of his influence and popularity in the region.

His birthplace in Alloway, some two miles from Ayr, is the ideal starting point for any tour of the Land of Burns. Using the Burns National Heritage Park as a base you can visit the thatched cottage, referred to as the 'Auld Clay Biggin', which has been restored to its original setting as it was in the poet's time. An adjacent museum houses a unique collection of original manuscripts, including "Auld Lang Syne", paintings and personal artifacts. The Kirk and the close-by Auld Brig O'Doon are famed for their scenes in the poet's prose "Tam O' Shanter".

The town of Mauchline has Burns connections , like Alloway, it is a mecca for the visitors interested in the life and works of Burns. A visit to the Burns House and Museum in Mauchline's Back Causeway cannot be missed. It was the first home in 1788 of Burns and his wife, Mauchline-born 'bonie Jean Armour', prior to them leaving Ayrshire for Ellisland Farm in Dumfries. The street in which the poet's house is situated has changed little in appearance since those early days. Adjacent to Burns House is the historic Mauchline Churchyard, where four of Burns' young children are buried, together with his wife's parents and a host of his associates.
It was during this period (1785-86) that Burns sent his poems to John Wilson (Printer) in Kilmarnock and on 31st July 1786, 612 copies of his "Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect" were published at 3/- per copy. These sold out within two weeks. Today, a copy of these poems would fetch at auction over £20,000. Also in Kilmarnock is Dean Castle, the home of the Robert Burns World Federation and stages periodic Burns exhibitions.


Places To Eat

Rogano 0141 248 4055
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Kama Sutra Resturant 0141 332 0720
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Mr Singh’s India 0141 221 1452
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Arisaig (Marchant City) 0141 552 4251
Brian Maule at Le Chardon D’Or 0141 248 3801
Raeburn’s (v close to Brough Hall) 0141 889 5999

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