Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow

2 nights starting from
£559

  • Private dinner at Glasgow Art Club

  • Lunch at Mackintosh at the Willow – the newly-restored original Tea Rooms at 217 Sauciehall Street

  • House for an Art Lover

  • The Mackintosh Gallery and works by the Glasgow Boys at the Kelvingrove

  • Visit to Hill House in Helensburgh

  • Mackintosh experts Robin and Karen Cairns

Learn about the creative genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with Robin and Karen Cairns whose enthusiasm and knowledge will bring Glasgow’s most famous son to life. Robin is a playwright, speaker, poet and performer whose play about the life of Mackintosh has been performed in recent years. A long-term student and devotee of Mackintosh, Karen is an artist and architect who has exhibited a collection of watercolours of Mackintosh’s work at Hill House and has worked at several Mackintosh buildings.  Highlights include the interior of Hill House and the opportunity to see the innovative “box” that is being used to dry out the house, dinner at Glasgow Art Club, lunch at the newly-restored, original Willow Tea Room and many more Mackintosh-related sights.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Hilton Grosvenor Glasgow from 15.00. This evening there will be a private dinner with wine and a talk by Robin Cairns: 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Conjurer and Magician'.

Day 2: House for an Art Lover, Lunch at Mackintosh at the Willow, Hunterian Art Gallery, Kelvingrove and private dinner at the Glasgow Art Club.
We start our busy day at the House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park where we will see how Mackintosh and Macdonald’s 1901 competition design has been brought to life by a team of artists, architects and craftsmen. A special treat is next as we have lunch at Mackintosh at the Willow – the original tea rooms building at 217 Sauciehall Street, recently re-opened after an extensive restoration project. For more information about this project, please visit https://www.mackintoshatthewillow.com/. After lunch we will visit the Hunterian Art Gallery with its recreation of Mackintosh and Macdonald’s first house followed by a visit to the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery for a stroll around the Mackintosh Gallery and a look at works by the Glasgow Boys. This evening, a highlight of the tour is a visit to the Glasgow Art Club, with en-route view of the ravaged exterior of the Glasgow School of Art. Founded in 1867, the Glasgow Art Club is steeped in history and heritage and remains one of Glasgow’s most important landmarks for the arts in Scotland. Rich in culture, it has been a breeding ground for generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants. The Grade A-Listed Clubhouse is resplendent with historically significant interior features including fireplaces, fretworks, grills and door fittings - partly designed and decorated by Mackintosh and where he was a member, and a wonderful venue for a welcome reception and private dinner with wine.

Day 3: The Hill House, The Mackintosh Club Helensburgh and Queens Cross Church.
This morning we visit Hill House in Helensburgh, built by Mackintosh in 1903 for the publisher Walter Blackie. The house is thought of as one of the best examples of his style with modern interiors that incorporate his own furniture designs. The exterior is being housed in an innovative semi-transparent “box” that is being fitted to allow the house to dry out. More than a century of an average of 193 days of rain per year, has left the exterior of Hill House, which incorporated innovative new designs and materials by Mackintosh, badly damaged by water. The “box” aims to dry out the house to rescue it from further deterioration. The interior will still be visible, but the exterior will be shrouded in a semi-transparent casing. For more information about this fascinating project, please visit https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/the-hill-house. Next, it’s onto The Mackintosh Club in Helensburgh for a light lunch on arrival, before an introductory talk and visit. The Mackintosh Club Helensburgh is a hidden gem of a building and was his first complete commission dated 1894. On this special visit you will learn about Mackintosh’s early years and the significance and symbolism of the building along with viewing the permanent exhibition and the connection with the infamous Glasgow Style and the Four. Our final visit is to Mackintosh’s Queens Cross Church, the only church in the world designed by Mackintosh, commissioned in 1896. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.15.

NB: Exact itinerary may vary according to changes in opening times and schedules for some of the smaller Mackintosh sites, which are currently under review.

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 37 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Hilton Grosvenor in Glasgow, based on shared occupancy of a double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private evening three-course dinner with wine and talk
  • Second night private dinner at The Glasgow Art Club
  • Lunch at the newly-restored, Mackintosh at the Willow – the original Tea Rooms building
  • Light lunch at The Mackintosh Club Helensburgh
  • All talks, guided tours, entrance fees and escorted coach transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour manager throughout 


NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Hotel Car Parking
  • Twin room and double for sole use supplements
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow
Located in the West End area of the city centre, close to the Hunterian Gallery and University, the traditional, four-star Hilton Grosvenor offers a high standard of accommodation and service and is well situated for the various sights visited on this tour. Facilities here include bar, restaurant and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV and telephone. Car parking is available at the hotel costing £10 per night, payable directly to the hotel. Guests may also use free of charge the health club faciliities at the Hilton International about 3 miles away.

Hilton Grosvenor Hotel Website

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Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date. 

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Thoroughly enjoyed our tour to Glasgow. Robin and Karen were superb hosts ; welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable . We had a great time and would recommend this tour.

Review by Blackburn who travelled 22-October-2021


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Robin was an extremely good tour guide, full of infectious warmth and detail for Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Together with his wife Karen it was well organised and informative with lots of humour. Would thoroughly recommend this tour to others .

Review by Harris who travelled 22-October-2021


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The Mackintosh aspects were excellent - Karen and especially Robin were first class and the whole thing went like clockwork. Sadly whilst the hotel was ideally placed, it is a little scruffy and VERY noisy. I didn't get a lot of sleep. The windows need double glazing at least!

Review by Anonymous who travelled 22-October-2021


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Karen and Robin were welcoming and knowledgable hosts. The visits were well arranged and covered the subject in depth. Brendan the driver also good. The hotel rooms were very comfortable but penny-pinching over servicing the rooms didn't go down well, also the in hotel food could be improved especially the breakfast, cold plates for hot food! Think about the menu choices, almost identical dinners Friday and Saturday not good. And if you don't like custard forget it at the Arts Club.

Review by Darwin who travelled 22-October-2021


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very enjoyable weekend

Review by Anonymous who travelled 22-October-2021


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The manager, lecturer and coach driver were all quite outstanding. We were kept entertained and educated throughout the trip and there was not a single apparent hitch in the arrangements. Our room at the hotel was excellent, as were the breakfasts, and room service. Evening meals were only fair, but I suspect staff shortages were giving slight problems.

Review by Dane who travelled 15-October-2021


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This was an excellent tour and covered all the aspects that I wanted to know about Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Our tour guides were entertaining and informative. It was everything we had hoped it would be.

Review by Irving-Lewis who travelled 15-October-2021


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I don't think that we received a brochure but read the advertisement in the "Daily Telegraph". This type of holiday was a first for us and we both enjoyed it immensely.

Review by Stelfox who travelled 15-October-2021


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Very good . Your usual high standard returned.

Review by Local who travelled 15-October-2021


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Very positive experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We booked our own train travel, which was ok, but not brilliant.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 15-October-2021


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The tour guide and manager were great - it made a very successful weekend. The internet connection at the hotel was diabolical!

Review by Anonymous who travelled 15-October-2021


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This was only the second group tour we have been on. The first, some years ago, was a rail trip and we felt, after that experience, that group travel wasn’t really for us. However, being devotees of Mackintosh, we decided we would try again, and were glad we did. The outstanding feature was the contribution of Robin Cairns – depth of knowledge combined with excellent presentational skills, empathy with Mackintosh and his circle as people, aesthetic appreciation for their work, he has it all. My wife summed it up as “enthusiasm, devotion, passion”! The culmination was his account of the final chapter of Mackintosh’s life. Fortuitously, he was able to deliver this in the Queen’s Cross Church, originally scheduled as an exterior visit only. Luckily, Karen was able to arrange our admission, which not only proved to be one of the most exceptional interiors, but it also provided an appropriate setting for Robin’s account of Mackintosh’s decline and death. He was clearly moved, as were we. Robin and Karen made a highly effective team. In her administrative function, we were most grateful for Karen’s sympathetic treatment of my wife’s travel requirements due to a propensity to coach sickness, but she was also highly informative on those occasions when the group needed to be split. Mention should also be made of Brendan, the exceptionally skilful coach driver. Of the locations covered, as mentioned Queen’s Cross Church particularly stood out, followed by the Willow Tea Rooms (also the best catering). The House for an Art Lover was rendered slightly less impressive by being set up for a wedding. At Hill House Robin had to defer to the National Trust of Scotland guide, so the tour became diffused and rushed. The Arts Club was disappointing, lacking in a strong Mackintosh atmosphere and the dinner was less impressive than anticipated. The Mackintosh Club in Helensburgh, however, a last minute substitution, was a revelation. Bruce’s presentation was fascinating, the premises atmospheric and the lunch, though basic, more than adequate. Well worth adding as a regular feature. We much enjoyed the extras that Robin slipped in, like the church hall where we stopped on the way to Queen’s Cross, and also the “non-Mackintosh” bonuses like the break at Loch Lomond and his entertaining narrative of the story of the murderess, Madeleine Smith. The Grosvenor Hilton Hotel was generally satisfactory, clean and with Covid precautions well observed. We had the usual gripes about the buffet breakfast not being hot enough and were disappointed by the quality and quantity of the catering for the first night dinner. I have given feedback to the hotel. It was in the nature of coach travel and the kind of places we visited that social distancing was difficult to observe effectively. Hopefully, that will not continue to be an issue but, even so, we doubt whether we shall continue to make such trips as we found the element of enforced socialisation wearing. However, overall it was a rewarding, if quite tiring, few days which greatly enhanced our knowledge and appreciation of Mackintosh, for which all praise to Robin and Karen.

Review by Butcher who travelled 17-September-2021


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-September-2021


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It was a most enjoyable tour with excellent leaders. Glasgow was new to us and the hotel was very well situated for an interesting walkabout when we arrived - we will return to visit the Botanical Gardens another time. The sun shone most of the time and a brief stop by the shores of Loch Lomond at the end was the icing on the cake.

Review by Thompson who travelled 17-September-2021


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Special mention to our two tour guides, Robin and Karen Cairns.. Despite a couple of changes to the itinerary (due to COVID not being open), the replacements were more than satisfactory and the George Cross Church was in fact open and we were allowed inside which really capped the trip off nicely. Robin also sneaked in another Mackintosh church hall in MerryHill.

Review by Sullivan who travelled 17-September-2021


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Whole weekend was organised to perfection, everything ran smoothly. Robin and Karen know their subject inside out and make perfect hosts. The enthusiasm of all involved was infectious. Thank you.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-September-2021


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Robin and Karen were engaging, so enthusiastic and always ready to answer questions or expand our knowledge. We were very lucky to share the tour with lovely, friendly and enthusiastic people.

Review by Sung who travelled 17-September-2021


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The tour itself was excllent. Robin and his wife were very knowledgeable (Robin was particularly enthusiastic and entertaining) The hotel let the trip down. The bedside lights in my room flickered and the lavatory kept on running. The food was poor. However, the location was excellent and the staff were very helpful.

Review by Whaley who travelled 17-September-2021


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Well organized and interesting tour. Guides excellent.

Review by Trenouth who travelled 17-September-2021


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We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Karen and Robin were very professional, friendly, helpful and well informed. We understood that not everywhere would be open due to Covid and that alterations to the planned itinerary would have to be made. Yet we were delighted with all our visits throughout the tour. We really immersed ourselves in the world and art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and came away enlightened and more knowledgeable about his influence on 19th and 20th Century art, design, furniture and architecture.

Review by Thomson who travelled 17-September-2021


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-September-2021


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It was a most enjoyable weekend and the tour guides, Robin and Karen were delightful and very informative. All the places visited were fascinating and the hotel was excellent and very comfortable.

Review by Goodman who travelled 17-September-2021


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Excellent in virtually every way. Robin and Karen Cairns were superb in their knowledge and delivery of everything to do with Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We enjoyed it immensely. The Hotel was adequate and that's all we can say. We have been in much better Hilton Hotels.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-September-2021


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A brilliant short break in Glasgow! Many thanks to Robin and Karen for a memorable weekend.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 18-October-2019


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Review by Steere who travelled 18-October-2019


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A thoroughly fascinating weekend, made all the more enjoyable by the depth of knowledge and enthusiasm displayed by Robin and Karen. Timing was impeccable – even allowing for the uncertainty around the wait for entry to the Mackintosh House in the Hunterian Gallery – and we were particularly impressed by Robin's immaculate pacing of the Mackintosh 'story' over the course of 3 days. Congratulations to all concerned – including Alec for his excellent driving. We've been recommending this tour to all our friends, and look forward to advancing our education (and being richly entertained) by Travel Editions on future excursions. Allan & Val Weller

Review by Weller who travelled 18-October-2019


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A totally brilliant break in Glasgow. -- with a focus. All was smoothly and most interestingly arranged by Karen & Robin Cairns who were excellent : so knowledgeable about CRM and so calm and friendly. What a variety of beautiful and impressive places to visit, see -- and eat in ! AND a very pleasant group. Perfect! Thank you.

Review by Bremner who travelled 18-October-2019


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An excellent tour which all four of us thoroughly enjoyed. Robin and Karen were very knowledgable about the subject with the added bonus of Robin's familiarity with all things Glaswegian which he shared in an entertaining, but always professional, manner. I will certainly recommend this trip to friends and family.

Review by WATKINS who travelled 18-October-2019


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Robin and Karen Cairns were brilliant - knowledgeable, funny, helpful - the complete package in themselves. The sites visited were stunning. Well done!

Review by Catty who travelled 18-October-2019


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We are only sorry that, due to heavy colds, we had to drop out of the last day of the tour, as up to that point we had had a wonderful time. Compliments and congratulations to all concerned

Review by Rodway who travelled 18-October-2019


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Very enjoyable trip. Robin & Karen were fabulous guides. Highly recommend this tour. Will book with Travel Editions again.

Review by Reed who travelled 18-October-2019


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I stayed in room 140 at the Hilton Grosvenor overlooking the Botanical Gardens. Very comfortable; could open the windows and the background traffic noise didn't disturb me. Service was over and above brilliant. Our tour leaders Robin and Karen Cairns were wonderfully knowledgable with humour and passion for all things Mackintosh.

Review by Robinson who travelled 18-October-2019


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Everything was wonderful - including the weather and an unexpected stop on the ...bonney, bonney banks of Loch Lomond! However, the first night welcoming dinner -at The Hilton, no less - was a disgrace!!! The beef, if that’s what it was, was literally like shoe leather, the vegetables, overcooked, and the selection of puddings was no longer available. It was inedible!! For an establishment like the Hilton chain, which must live on its tour, wedding and party bookings, this was totally unacceptable and left Travel Editions in a bad light on the first day. However, everything else was excellent: Karen and Robin Cairns were delightful and informed hosts, the driver was polite and efficient and all the chosen attractions were terrific - especially the evening dinner at the Glasgow Art Club. Thank you - but book a hotel with better food, please, next time!!!

Review by Bruno who travelled 18-October-2019


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Rob and Karen were fantastic guides, very friendly and full of enthusiasm for their topic. Hotel very helpful when my travelling companion became ill at night.

Review by Tuffs who travelled 18-October-2019


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The hotel housekeeping was a little hit and miss. They replenished tea bags some days, but not others, for example, (we stayed four nights). They gave me three lots of soap?! The hotel staff were all very enthusiastic and helpful, though, even making me almond milk lattes for breakfast! Karen and Robin were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We could not have had a nicer couple in charge. Looking forward to the Gunpowder Plot and two holidays with you already booked for next year!

Review by Grainger who travelled 18-October-2019


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A very well planned tour that ought to be more popular. Although it is not possible to visit the Glasgow School of Art at the moment, we saw enough of Mackingtosh's work - in two houses, two museums, a school, a church and a club - to fill two long days. As we have found on other Travel Editions tours, it was very pleasant to have lunches included rather than being sent away to find something to eat in an unfamiliar city and told to 'be back at the bus at 2 o'clock'.

Review by Perkins who travelled 27-September-2019


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An exceptionally well thought out, themed short break with a touch of luxury. Have booked with travel Editions before & will do so again.

Review by Mansbridge who travelled 27-September-2019


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We had an excellent weekend and learnt so much. The tour guide was superb as was the tour manager ... they made it a weekend to remember.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 05-July-2019


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I think that this tour is made doubly excellent by Robin and Karen Cairns whose input is a great asset to your company. It makes for the difference between a good tour and a most enjoyable and informative one. I think that everyone on the tour would agree with me on that point.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 05-July-2019


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Train journey 71/2 hours long but not your fault! My daughter , granddaughter and I greatly enjoyed the tour, mainly because of the excellent commentaries by Robin Cairns and his wife Karen but also because of the friendliness of our fellow passengers. We've thought about suggestions to enhance the experience. 1. Allow time for 'comfort stops' when arriving at a venue. We had to find the toilets and then catch up with the group. 2 On the last day make it a proper lunch eg at the Willow Tea Rooms . This would allow people leaving for a long journey at 5pm to have had a meal that day. On the Saturday we had a full meal there and another one at the Artists Club in the evening and two main meals aren't necessary in one day. A full lunch on the last day would give people a chance to say proper goodbyes to their companions on this tour. On the Sunday we had indifferent sandwiches and very spicy soup given us in a public , busy restaurant at Kelvin Grove museum and at 5pm everyone rushed their separate ways, leaving a feeling of emptiness and incompleteness. Even a last cup of tea would have been welcome, say at the Mackintosh Church? Thank you

Review by Bloomfield who travelled 05-July-2019


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Absolutely excellent tour in every way. Robin & Karen were superb!

Review by Anonymous who travelled 05-July-2019


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One of the most enjoyable holidays I’ ve ever had, largely due to the efficiency and warm personalities of Karen and Robin Cairns. Two days were not sufficient to do credit to the work of Charles Mackintosh and the sights of Glasgow. An extra day would have been welcomed. Robin and Karen were superlative guides.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 05-July-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 05-July-2019


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Hotel could have been more centrally located especially for those extending their stay.

Review by Cope who travelled 14-June-2019


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Very good tour with excellent tour guides husband and wife Robin and Karen. Would appreciate slightly later start in the morning ie 9.30

Review by Anonymous who travelled 14-June-2019


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Outstanding tour guides with infectious enthusiasm

Review by Pollitt who travelled 14-June-2019


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A thorough and very enjoyable tour, enhanced by the excellent job done by Robin and Karen as guides. More generally I particularly appreciate the guidance you give on the amount of walking involved in your tours

Review by Wiseman who travelled 14-June-2019


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Brilliant tour. Robin & Karen were both excellent in their own way - the admin was very smooth and unobtrusive, the talks were top class, with historical accuracy and wit thrown in! The only suggestion would be to rearrange the order of the visits to better match the chronology of the buildings better.

Review by Fulton who travelled 14-June-2019


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Tour good with knowledgeable guides. There is a new statue of Charles Rennie Mackintosh which the taxi driver pointed out on the way back to Glasgow station. It would have been good if we could have seen that on one of the coach outings.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 14-June-2019


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Karen and Robin Cairns are among the best guides/managers we have had over the 50 years of travelling globally.

Review by Roberts who travelled 14-June-2019


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A very enjoyable event. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the tour guides added to the experience.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 14-June-2019


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This was an exceptionally well designed and prepared tour, in no small measure due to our excellent guides, Rob and Karen Cairns. Both of them were welcoming, knowledgeable and passionate about he subject. It was a great pleasure to be guided by them and to share with them their enthusiasm for the Mackintoshes.

Review by Hall who travelled 19-October-2018


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Excellent itinerary with good substitutes for the Art School and Hill House which were unavailable. Robin and Karen dovetailed very well and were very passionate about Charles Rennie Macintosh and Glasgow in general.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 19-October-2018


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A first class Tour with masterful guides, Robin & Karen Cairns. The overall organisation and timing were very good with no apparent time pressures - but we are sure there were from the guides perspective! An excellent overview of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh era. Minor comments would be the lack of printed dates on your final itinerary papers. Also the evening introduction dinner at the Hilton Hotel was of disappointing & poor quality and not good organisation by their inexperienced staff.

Review by Kettel who travelled 19-October-2018


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The tour exceeded our expectations, we learnt so much about Charles Rennie Mackintosh whilst seeing some wonderful works of art in unexpected places.

Review by Sutherland who travelled 19-October-2018


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Excellent weekend tour with tour manager and guide Karen and Robin. Their infectious enthusiam really brought the subject to life. Although a short tour, we felt that we learned a great deal about Art Nouveau and I might even change my preference from Deco.

Review by Jones who travelled 19-October-2018


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A most enjoyable trip led with enthusiasm and a great experience must come back to Glasgow when all the other renovations are complete

Review by Rimmer who travelled 19-October-2018


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The Tour Guide and Tour Organiser were excellent and the hotel (Glasgow Hilton Macdonald) was very good - comfortable, helpful staff.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 19-October-2018


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An outstanding tour with outstanding guides (Robin and Karen) who were able to cater for the experts amongst the group as well as those who knew very little about Mackintosh. It was a large group but thanks to the skillful organisation of the tour manager/leader it never felt like it. We covered a great deal and I left wanting more. I already plan to do the tour a second time.

Review by eden who travelled 28-September-2018


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The tour manager and lecturer were excellent. They were very friendly and knowledgeable and made the whole experience great.

Review by Simons who travelled 28-September-2018


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I thoroughly enjoyed my trip. It was well arranged, interesting and stimulating. It has encouraged to look for another Travel Editions holiday in 2019.

Review by Gold who travelled 28-September-2018


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Lecturer excellent. Well organised and efficient. Thank you.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 28-September-2018


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I especially appreciated the chance to see the Glasgow Art Club. Dinner there was very good. The coach drivers did an excellent job. The visit to the Mackintosh House at the Hunterian involved quite a long wait, on our feet. It wasn't made clear to all of how long that would take, since the group was divided into three. A little morevcoordination was needed.

Review by Forster who travelled 28-September-2018


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Thoroughly enjoyable tour, with excellent guides who were able to adjust the itinerary to everyone's satisfaction in light of the fire at the Art School and the damp problems at Hill House.

Review by Moreton who travelled 28-September-2018


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A thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour, the tour manager(s) were informed and good heated. We particularly enjoyed the dinner at the Glasgow Arts Club.

Review by Bessant who travelled 28-September-2018


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The enthusiasm and skills of the guides was excellent as was their approachability. We had a great time. And managed to fit in other things as well like Glasgow city chambers Kipple Palace and the University buildings. And all the Hunterian!!!

Review by Shoults who travelled 28-September-2018


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excellent leadership by Robin and Karen. loved the private dinner at the Art club and exclusive tour of the Willow tea rooms exhibition. We are devoted Mackintosh supporters and enjoyed the itinerary, unfortunately we were let down by the hotel in the location of the room and the food and the attitude of the staff and hotel policy.

Review by Fothergill who travelled 07-September-2018


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I cannot speak highly enough of Robin and Karen. They were fun, super-efficient, kind and very knowledgeable. The hotel was excellent, all the trips were fabulous, particularly, for me, The Willow Tearooms and the Glasgow Art Club dinner. We were made to feel very special.

Review by Stockell who travelled 07-September-2018


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The enthusiasm of our guides was infectious and the architecture and interiors we saw were spectacular. A very concentrated tour.

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A stunning trip with topnotch lecturers. Inspiring. Hotel noisy one night because of a wedding party.

Review by Woodward who travelled 07-September-2018


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Housekeeping not good at Hilton Grosvenor Our room was not serviced one day and tea and milk not replenished until requested Our guides were excellent

Review by who travelled 06-July-2018


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No air conditioning in hotel room. Opening the window resulted in unbearable traffic noise. At the dinners, the food was quite good butthe wines were of poor quality and we were expected to pour it ourselves. It might be an idea not to include wine, let people buy their own and have it served correctly. Karin and Robin-our gudes-were excellent-very friendly and knowledgable.

Review by Wilkerson who travelled 06-July-2018


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Despite the disappointment of not being able to see the Hill House, the alternative of the Willow Tea Room was excellent. The tour guides did their very best to make this an enjoyable and interesting experience. To be recommended.

Review by Stone who travelled 06-July-2018


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Our tour manager and guide were both excellent and helped make this a memorable trip. The hotel rooms were well appointed but a little noisy, being on a main road, and sometimes hot and stuffy as they lacked air-conditioning. Opening the windows increased air-flow but also noise. Overall, though, the hotel and staff were good.

Review by Wilkerson who travelled 06-July-2018


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The combined talents of husband and wife team Robin and Karen Cairns, who led the tour, made an obviously interesting weekend into a highly entertaining and enjoyable experience. Their knowledge, passion for their subject and storytelling skills vividly brought to life the world of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his circle as we visited some of the beautiful buildings and interiors designed by Charles and his wife Margaret. The hotel and meals were ok, too!

Review by Sturgeon who travelled 06-July-2018


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Excellent guides, with insider knowledge of Glasgow, and a fascinating incite into Rennie Mackintosh.Hotel good, and opposite the Botanic Gardens

Review by Cox who travelled 06-July-2018


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This was a brilliant tour made so by Robin and Karen the tour managers. Robin's passion and knowledge of everything Rennie MacIntosh really made the difference. He was just a pleasure to listen to and with Karen's architectural and artistic and design knowledge and outgoing personalities we couldn't have asked for anything more. Also the little breaks such as the coffee and shortbread break at Hill House and lunch at one of Robin and Karen's favourite restuarants just added to the feel good factor.

Review by who travelled 27-October-2017


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Our tour leaders Robin & Karen were experts in the subject & their presentation first class . A most enjoyable trip, with an interesting group of people. Thank You & 0f course Robin & Karen.

Review by Moylan who travelled 27-October-2017


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The Dinner at the Arts Club is in our view a splendid highlight in the tour with so much for our excellent tour guide to explain after a superb meal

Review by Hill who travelled 27-October-2017


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It was a thoroughly enjoyable tour. The guides were very helpful and informative. There was a lot scheduled each day. It might be worth considering extending the tour by one day whilst keeping the same visits thus allowing more time at each venue.

Review by Cobley who travelled 27-October-2017


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Well planned and informative days and evenings in good company - an excellent tour

Review by Montgomery who travelled 27-October-2017


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This was our first tour with Travel Editions and it certainly exceeded expectations. The weekend was very full but very well planned. Jenny and Dai were the best tour leaders imaginable - friendly, efficient, making sure everything everything worked well and above all with deep knowledge and love of Mackintosh. Our only gripe was that the hotel charged a supplement for a twin room: we are both individually used to paying extra as a single but hav never before come across a twin supplement and it did feel somewhat exploitative. In other respects the tour was good value

Review by Ms Heather Scott who travelled 28-October-2016


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It was the last tour for our husband and wife managers. Very good atmosphere and a suitable farewell tour. We wish them well in their new venture.

Review by Mr Robert Penicud who travelled 28-October-2016


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We were very privileged to have Di and Jenny Vaughan as our tour guides . They were outstandingly knowledgeable and very good company.. It was a wonderful weekend .

Review by Mr John Dixon who travelled 28-October-2016


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Review by Mrs Dijana Warrender who travelled 28-October-2016


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Dai & JennyVaughan were wonderful Guides

Review by Mr David Prest who travelled 28-October-2016


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Dai and Jenny were excellent leaders - so glad we managed to be part of their last tour. Dinner at the Art Club was a real privilege. The hotel was very good - the staff particularly friendly and helpful. The coach driver too was safe and reliable. An action packed weekend but came back feeling I had had a tonic!

Review by Miss J Vernier who travelled 28-October-2016


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Overall - excellent. Dai Vaughan the main guide is outstanding and it's a great loss that he and Jenny are retiring. The Hilton was generally what you'd expect, but we did have soiled towels in our room, the toilet flush was on its way out and the bottom of the door showed scruffy damp damage (room 217) - so below what we'd expect from an otherwise upmarket hotel. The staff were charming though, that helped. Glasgow School of Art - it said in the brochure that just the outside would be seen, but this turned out to be well after dark with scaffolding covering all of it, so all we could see was a weather vane - someone should have noticed the clocks went back during this holiday! Other venues like Hill House and House for an Art Lover were fantastic.

Review by Mrs Erica Middleton who travelled 28-October-2016

Travel Editions feedback:

Thank you for your kind comments and glad to hear you enjoyed the trip.


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Our congratulations to Dai & Jennie Vaughan on making this such an enjoyable tour.

Review by Mr Malcolm Stewart who travelled 28-October-2016


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We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Although seeing the College of Art covered in scaffolding was sad We were impressed with the scale (particularly the height). Hill House and the House for an Art Lover were amazing. Also the Kelvingrove Art gallery and Museum - well worth the 2 visits. Dai & Jenny were excellent guides, sources of endless information and sources of such detailed information and anecdotes.

Review by Mr Adrian Harrison who travelled 09-September-2016


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Review by Dr Jennifer Somerville who travelled 09-September-2016


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It would have been more helpful to emphasise staying an extra night as the last train from Glasgow on Sundays leaves at 5.30 pm. Thus cutting short the last building visit and then a rush to the station.

Review by Mrs Vicki Walton who travelled 09-September-2016


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Very enjoyable with excellent presentations. Hotel rooms and service first class as one would expect.

Review by Mr David Soanes who travelled 09-September-2016


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Really enjoyable tour and it was a privilege to be with Dai and Jenny Vaughan, their knowledge and enthusiasm with regard to Mackintosh is amazing. We learnt a lot in a weekend and saw some beautiful buildings.

Review by Mrs Bernice Hart who travelled 09-September-2016


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Review by Mr Gordon Fielding who travelled 09-September-2016


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Well organised knowledgeable guide s good weather and company

Review by Dr Gwendolen Brown who travelled 09-September-2016


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Tour managers very well-informed and humorous about the life and times of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, ensuring we saw as wide a variety of their work as was possible in the time. Goal attained, satisfied customers as a result.

Review by Mrs Isabel Stanton who travelled 29-July-2016


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Excellent holiday, Tour Managers were truly excellent, husband and wife team certainly knew their stuff!

Review by Mrs Doreen Prosser who travelled 29-July-2016


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Myfirst trip with Travel Editions and my first ever visit to Glasgow. I was very impressed with everything: Dai and Jenny Vaughan are inspirational! They conveyed their enthusiasm and knowledge of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in a very approachable manner. I feel privileged to have been able to discover Mackintosh's work through them.

Review by Mrs Anne Crowther who travelled 29-July-2016


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We were glad to be able to see the Mackintosh house after all

Review by Ms Cressida Miles who travelled 29-July-2016


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The tour guide Dai was excellent and very informative.

Review by Ms S Stevens who travelled 29-July-2016


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Review by Mr D Room who travelled 29-July-2016


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Very enjoyable weekend, packed programme, knowledgeable tour guides, experienced and thoughtful.Good value, and an excellent, thorough Mckintosh experience

Review by Mrs Linda Holt who travelled 29-July-2016


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Not only were Jenny and Dai terrific tour guides, they were also great people. Very honoured to have met them. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful, but my room was extremely noisy as it was almost on the corner of the hotel over a very busy crossroads, sleep was very difficult. Although the food was fine in the hotel, the meals in the other venues were not good.

Review by Mrs Patricia Onions who travelled 29-July-2016


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I very much enjoyed the experience over all and thought Dai and Jenny Vaughan were excellent tour managers with their extensive knowledge of the subject and Glasgow and enthusiasm. I have taken a brochure home with me and expect to travel with Travel Editions again.

Review by Ms Sara Morris who travelled 29-July-2016


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