Cultural Tours & Holidays in Scotland
Inspire your coach holiday passengers or private organized tour by discovering wonderful museums, sildenafil castles, buy viagra galleries, private art collections many of which are all only an average 45 minute drive from your centrally located base at the Abington Hotel.
Scotland has a plethora of world class cultural attractions as well as a few unique and less well known hidden gems.
If you have organized tour groups interested in fine arts, castles, museums, gardens and art galleries then here are just a few examples of first class visitor attractions which will appeal to your tour party:
Drumlanrig Castle & Gardens: Residence of the Duke of Buccleuch and home to the famous Buccleuch Art Collection which houses wonderful paintings by the great masters, Rembrandt, Holbein & Thomas Gainsborough are all on display, as are works by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Caspar Netscher and Van der Neer to name but a few. With the addition of beautiful period furniture, tapestries, silver, carvings and precious objets d’art, a tour of the castle is a “must do”.
Dumfries House: Built between 1754 and 1759 for the 5th Earl of Dumfries, and with a unique collection of Chippendale furniture, the House has been described as an 18th century time-capsule since the principal rooms and their contents have remained virtually unchanged for 250 years.
In June 2007, HRH The Prince of Wales, under his title as the Great Steward of Scotland, headed a consortium of charities and heritage bodies to purchase this unique house, its contents and adjoining land, in order to keep this historical jewel intact and accessible to the public.
Rosslyn Chapel: Founded in 1446 as the Collegiate Chapel of St Mathews by Sir William St Clair, the chapel took some forty years to complete and was not finished until after Sir William’s death in 1484. The beauty of its setting and its mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework have inspired and intrigued artists and visitors ever since.
In 2004 “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown was published and became a world wide best seller causing unprecendented visitor numbers to the Chapel. The release of the film starring Tom Hanks further enhanced the Chapel’s profile and fueled the continuing interest in, and speculation around, Rosslyn’s mysteries.
Little Sparta: Set in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Little Sparta is Ian Hamilton Finlay’s greatest work of art. Imbued with a high idea content, the garden is created from the artistic fusion of poetic and sculptural elements with those of the natural landscape which is shaped and changed to become an inherent part of the concepts realised at Little Sparta.
While works of art are commonly viewed in galleries, public parks and streets, museums and private houses, it is perhaps a unique achievement to have created a garden which is itself a major artwork encompassing within it both horticultural elements and individual works in such materials as stone, wood and metal.
Biggar Museum Trust: Biggar Museum Trust oversees six of the finest small museums in Scotland, covering several centuries of Scottish history. Included in these are Moat Park Heritage Centre, Gladstone Court, Brownsbank Cottage, Greenhill Covenanters House,Biggar Gasworks and Lamington Chapel.
All of the sites are available to visit, you can stroll along the ‘real’ Victorian streets and visit the shops at Gladstone Court, view the Menzies Moffat tapestry at Moat Park and experience the sounds and smells of Scotland’s only remaining 19th century gas works.
Glasgow: Home to iconic galleries and museums such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow School of Art, The Burrell Collection, GoMA and the Hunterian Gallery to name just a few.
Edinburgh: Host to the National Museum of Scotland, National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and others too many to name.