Mackintosh/Arts&Crafts Themed Tour
Gardenrose Bed and Breakfast was built in 1911 as a home for one of the sons of a local shoe factory owner. It was designed by local architect Thomas A Jack. Thomas designed this house, Warriston, next door, Ard-Na-Coile, and Straiton village hall, before emigrating to Canada.
The house was built in the Arts & Crafts style with an influence of the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow School style. The house retains many original features and we have added an eclectic mix of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and other styles from that period.
Glasgow has many buildings and museums that were either designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, or have Mackintosh artefacts on display. The Hunterian Museum, The Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Mrs Cranston's Tearoom are just a few of the places that are worth a visit. Glasgow School of Art is another magnificent Mackintosh building but it is under repair at the moment.
It is possible to do walking tours - - this web site is an excellent source for information about Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Glasgow Taxis do a day tour of Mackintosh -
Another place well worth a visit in Glasgow is the House for an Art Lover. It is an example of Mackintosh work that he entered for a competition in the early 1900s but was never built. This building was built in the mid 1990s and is used by Glasgow School of Art for its students but is also open to the public. The main part of the house is a masterpiece of Mackintosh design and is well worth the small price of the entry fee. The building also has an excellent restaurant which is always busy, so booking is advisable. The house is used for weddings so may be closed to the public occasionally.
For the more adventurous there is the Hill House in Helensburgh which is a National Trust for Scotland property. This is a magnificent example of Mackintosh design and well worth a visit.
If you are a member of the National Trust and also a variety of similar organisations in your home country, then you may be able to use your membership card for free, or reduced entry, to the NTS sites. Check their web site or ask at the entry point.
NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Once you have worn out Mackintosh, as a completely different option - how about a trip to Ailsa Craig. Ailsa Craig is the large rock that is visible from many places along the coast.
There are trips available, subject to weather, from Girvan which you can take for a sail around it or to land on it. Sea fishing trips are also available from Girvan.
The Collegiate Church in Maybole was built in 1371 and the remains of it are just behind the CO-OP in Maybole.
Crossraguel Abbey is the remains of a Cluniac monestary that was built in the early 1200s. The abbey remains are just off the A77 south of Maybole by about 1 mile. Both Crossraguel Abbey and the Collegiate Church are part of Historic Scotland.
The Electric Brae - an optical illusion that has fascinated locals for generations.It is about 4 miles away the A719.
Maybole Castle in the centre of the town which is currently not open to the public.
Monument in memory of Sir Charles Fergusson of Kilkerran who died in 1849 on Kildoon Hill near Maybole -
Take a walk down to Turnberry Lighthouse with its wonderful views.