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Combine history and heritage with modern culture and chic restaurants, bars and shops on this 4 day tour. You will be based in Glasgow, a cosmopolitan city of style and vitality set against a backdrop of Victorian architecture. Glasgow boasts famous art collections, museums, the best shopping outside London and a vibrant nightlife. Just an hour away is Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city, where you will also find the perfect balance between all things traditional and contemporary. National Heritage parks, castles and palaces have been chosen to give you a taste of the history of this area of central Scotland.
From: 01 Jan 2012 - To: 31 Dec 2012
Arrive at the hotel and settle in. Explore the locality before enjoying dinner in the restaurant and your first overnight stay.
Drive the short distance to Pollok House and Country Park on the outskirts of Glasgow. The art collection on display in the house includes works by El Greco, Goya and William Blake, and the Burrell Collection can be viewed in a separate building. The house’s beautifully kept gardens include a collection of more than 1,000 rhododendrons. Then make your way to Alloway and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Here you can explore the life of Robert Burns, Scotland’s most remarkable and best loved son. His artistic legacy contains more than 600 poems and songs gathered over a short lifetime. Visit Burns’ cottage and museum as well as the Burns’ monument and gardens, Alloway Auld Kirk, Brig o’ Doon and the Tam O’Shanter experience, all within easy walking distance of each other. Return to your hotel for your overnight stay.
Spend the day in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Included is entrance to Edinburgh Castle and The Georgian House, built in 1796, where you can experience a taste of high society, contrasting with the ‘below stairs’ life of the household staff, who made this elegant lifestyle possible. Next, drive the short distance out of Edinburgh to Newhailes, a dignified 17th-century home, which contains much of the original decorative scheme. If you’re hungry for Scottish history, Newhailes features prominently in the Scottish Enlightenment. Sir David Dalrymple built the library in 1718; it was probably the largest private library of its time in Scotland. Return to your hotel for your overnight stay.
Today takes you to Culzean Castle. Whether you’re a keen gardener, an avid antiques collector or happy just to soak up some history, Culzean Castle is a great place to spend the day. Between 1777 and 1792, the castle was converted by the architect Robert Adam as a bachelor residence for the Earl of Cassillis. If you’re hungry for military history, don’t miss the Armoury with its impressive display of flintlock pistols and swords. There’s also a strong link with General Eisenhower, as the top-floor apartment was presented to him for his lifetime in 1945 in recognition of his role during World War II. Begin your journey home or try another tour.
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