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Ayrshire and the Isle of Bute Glasgow Museums

Ayrshire, Isle of Bute and Glasgow Museums
Dumfries House, Ardgowan, Mount Stuart
Glasgow Botanical Gardens, Carnell and Finlaystone
Kelvingrove, Hunterian and River Museums
From the Hilton Grosvenor Glasgow (4 stars)
22 – 26 May 2017

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Enjoy some of the most glorious historic houses and gardens in Ayrshire, along the Firth of Clyde and on the Isle of Bute.  Staying in Glasgow for 4 nights at the  4* Hilton Grosvenor Hotel  located in the west end of the city, adjacent to the Botanical Gardens and ideally placed for travelling out of the city as well as visiting museums and art galleries.

The tour includes two Scottish country houses that are or were part of the Marquis of Bute’s legacy.  Dumfries House a stunning 18th-Century Palladian House with an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture and fine work by Scottish cabinetmakers of the 18th century.  Back in 2007 the Prince of Wales led a consortium that bought and saved the house, contents and estate from being broken up.  Taking the ferry from Wemyss Bay over to the Isle of Bute for a private guided tour of Mount Stuart.  This astounding Victorian gothic a mansion is a triumph of the imagination, an architectural masterpiece with extravagant interiors and complete with a white marble chapel that wouldn't be out of place in Venice. Also on the Isle of Bute a visit to the fernery garden at Ascog Hall.

Overlooking the Firth of Clyde, Ardgowan House, only recently opened as still a family home and considered to be the most beautiful of late 18th-century mansions in Scotland – a guided tour discovering its hidden history and grandeur and an opportunity to see the gardens.  In Ayrshire a visit to Finlaystone gardens with magnificent views of the Firth and inland the extensive gardens at Carnell.  A traditional walled garden with long herbaceous border, rock and water garden, gazebo with Burmese statues, lawns and many other features of interest.

Returning to Glasgow visiting the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Art Gallery containing the internationally renowned collections of Whistler and Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which houses one of Europe's great art collections. Finally the state of the art Riverside Museum on the quayside of the Clyde, home to some of the world's finest methods of transport and the popular historic Glasgow street scene.

Monday 22 May: Arrive and check into your rooms from 3 pm.  Take the opportunity to visit the Botanical Gardens opposite the hotel before a welcome drink and private dining in the hotel.

Tuesday 23 May:  Departing by coach to Dumfries House.  There will be an in-depth guided  tour of the house and a two course lunch served in Rothesay Room in the house. Time to visit the newly restored walled garden before returning to Glasgow visiting en route the gardens at Carnell followed by refreshments in the house.

Wednesday 24 May:  Travel to Wemyss Bay to catch the boat for the 35 minute crossing over to the Isle of Bute.  A tour of the Mount Stuart including some areas not normally open to the public.  Lunch can be found in their restaurant before a visit to Ascog Hall, then return ferry and back to Glasgow.

Thursday 25 May:  A morning visit to Ardowan House with refreshments.  A simple lunch in the café at Finlaystone with time for the garden and on the return a stop to visit the Riverside Museum.

Friday 26 May:  Check out of the hotel. At 10 am a visit to nearby Hunterian Art Gallery before next door to Kelvingrove Museum as it opens at 11 am.  The coach will then drop at Glasgow Central Station for 1.30 or if required the airport for 2.15 pm.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 4 nights’ accommodation, breakfast and private dining in the hotel
  • All entries, tours and 2 light lunches, refreshments where stated.
  • Executive coaching and on the return a transfer to Central Station or Glasgow airport.
  • Heritage Touring representative.


Price per person: £740
Single Supplement: £20 pn (4 nights -£80)
Double rooms for sole occupancy
Non-refundable deposit: £150

Hotel has parking £10 per night.  On street parking free if spaces available on Grosvenor Terrace.
By train/air  - take a taxi from Central Station or the airport.
Wifi free in hotel public areas

Hilton Grosvenor Glasgow

Hilton Grosvenor Glasgow
1-9 Grosvenor Terrace, Glasgow G12 0TA


Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

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