Glasgow Journals

Exploring art and design, Glasgow and the Mackintosh Trail...

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A September 2009 trip to Glasgow by Red Mezz

The Mackintosh Trail Photo, Glasgow, Scotland More Photos
Quote: With so much to do in the big, industrial city of Glasgow - it's good to narrow it down to a particular pursuit. On this trip I decided to wander out on foot to see what I could see of the spirt of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the city design.

Devoncove Hotel

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Hotel | "Good location"

Devoncove Hotel Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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While I was in Glasgow for the week exploring the Mackintosh Trail – I knew, categorically from other recent visits to the city that I wanted to spend as much of the time there on foot as possible, and so I wanted a hotel not too far from the main areas I wanted to explore. As anyone who’s travelled to the UK recently knows hotels in Britain, especially in the cities, are very expensive and as I was hoping not to have to resort to the hostel option (I’d been doing that quite a lot lately and was looking for something a bit more relaxing) with out spending a small fortune, I wasn’t sure if anything near the area I wanted would be available. My review of the Devoncove Hotel is no...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2010

Devoncove Hotel
931 SAUCHIEHALL STREET
Glasgow, Scotland
44-01413344000

The Willow Tea Room

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Restaurant | "My favourite little taste of Mackintosh..."

The Willow Tea Room Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Now then. If you’ve been out walking extensively – strolled around the Kelvingrove museum and had a good taste of the works of Mackintosh and his wife, wandered up and down the dark and rainy streets of Glasgow and seen the architecture that he’s so famous for in this city then you are well in need of a small repose in what might be my favourite example of Mackintoshian design in the Willow Tea Rooms. If you been to Glasgow before, it’s possible you’ve walked right past them and never really noticed their brilliance. There are in fact two Willow Tea Rooms now, one on Sauchiehall Street and one on Buchanan Street. I personally prefer the Sauchiehall one, as it is the original and is also...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2010

The Willow Tea Room
217 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, Scotland
011 44 0141 332 0521

The Wee Curry Shop

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Restaurant | "best little curry house in Glasgow..."

The Wee Curry Shop Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Ok – so I know that a little curry house in Glasgow’s west end has nothing whatsoever to do with the Mackintosh trail, other than the fact that it’s nearby and is now one of my favourite places to eat in Glasgow. There’s certainly one thing you can say for Glasgow – however you may feel about the city in generally – there are a lot of really great restaurants, and an enormous selection of eclectic foods and cuisine from all over the world. At some point in the future I will certainly have to do a completely separate food review for Glasgow. However – for the purposes of this particular review, I’d like to review this little curry house on Byres Road because of it’s ease and c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2010

The Wee Curry Shop
41 Byres Road
Glasgow, Scotland
0141 339 1339

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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Attraction | "My single favorite bit of Glasgow"

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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There are a lot of things that people love about the city of Glasgow – and like many big cities from the industrial age, it has a polarizing effect on the people who visit it. People tend to love or hate Glasgow, and those who love it find favourite haunts on every corner. But which ever category you may fall into in regards to Glasgow, there is one thing that should be taken advantage of and experienced, no matter what your preferences are in travel, and how you end up feeling about this western Scottish city, and that is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Located in a central area, and easy to get to (as easy as anything is to get to in Glasgow, of course. I can not rec...Read More

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street
Glasgow, Scotland G3 8AG
+44 141 287 2700

The Influences of Mackintosh in Glasgow

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The Mackintosh Trail Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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It's hard to go anywhere in Scotland with out seeing some hint of the influences of the artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Even if you didn't realize that it's what you were looking at, chances are you've seen something with a 'Mackintosh' style design on it. The very unique and recognizable design style has been imitate on a thousand coffee mugs, picture frames, post cards and figurines. I doubt there is a Scottish souvenir shop anywhere in the country that doesn't have something with this style in it. But to appreciate it really (and I feel I can say this with some authority as I've lived in Scotland now for almost a decade and never thought much of the style until recently) yo...Read More