Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland’s western Lowlands. It is famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city’s 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today it’s a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums, like the Hunterian and the Burrell collection. There are in fact more than 20 museums and art galleries in the city, including the magnificent Kelvingrove Museum and The Riverside Museum, a wonderful modern building designed by Zaha Hadid that reveals the history of transport in the city.
If you like the architecture of eminent architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh his work is dotted all over the city. You can dine in style and delve into the history of his work at Mackintosh at the Willow, which features a restaurant, tea rooms and a visitor centre. Hill House, just outside the city is his most important residential work. Completed in 1904 it combines traditional Scottish values with modern International ideas. Aygyll street is good for shopping and there are a lot of wonderful restaurants like the famous Ubitquitos Chip tucked away on Ashton Street or the very small but delightful Lockin. Spanish Butcher is a meat eaters heaven, as is the Bo’vine Steak Restaurant. The Crab Shack in the Friston area is also excellent or if you like tapas try Ox & Finch.
The West End of Glasgow is renowned for its impressive Victorian architecture, public parks and gardens and for its many and varied attractions including restaurants, pubs and shops. Known for his innovative use of new building materials and his love of classical architecture, Alexander “Greek” Thompson is one of Scotland’s most influential architects and you’ll see a lot of his work in this area. Glasgow used to have 98 shipyards on the mighty River Clyde but now only has one. It was a very tough industrial city with some poor and neglected areas but it’s now greatly improved and has a very vibrant art & music scene. A ride on the Waverley paddle steamer from Glasgow to Rothsie also gives you a sense of the city’s past. The Blythswood and the Dakota are the city’s two best hotels.
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Auchterarder House is fantastically located in the heart of Scotland and guests can access all these activities with ease. Some are virtually on your doorstep whilst others are all within an hour’s drive. The roads within central Scotland are excellent and some are dual carriage way (just be careful of the speed cameras). Sat Nav works well in most areas and we can provide directions/maps as required.
Edinburgh, St Andrews and Glasgow are also within an hour away and it’s fun to leave the main roads when possible to explore the countryside and get up into the hills. Even these smaller roads are generally well sign posted and you shouldn’t get lost but even if you do, that’s part of the fun! You might come across a little country inn where you can stop for a wee dram and you will definitely come across some amazing views!
Accommodation for 20 people in 10 double ensuite bedrooms including one ground floor bedroom with fully disabled bathroom. Four of the very large bedrooms each have sofa beds for children if needed.
There is additional staff accommodation available in the Front Lodge.
Drawing room, library, dining room, inner hall, reception hall, cinema room, gym, sauna, shoot room, conservatory & billiard room.
Electric gates offer a high level of security to the property, which is surrounded by high trees and shrubbery, so very private.
20 acres of beautifully kept gardens and grounds, including a barbecue area.
A charming lochan (Scottish for small lake) stocked with brown trout. Guests are welcome to try their luck with a fishing rod.
Glasgow and Edinburgh International Airports under 1 hours drive away.