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Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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Plan a stress-free day trip through Scotland’s West Highlands with this convenient highlights tour that departs from central Glasgow. Going with a guide not only eliminates the stress of navigating, but ensures you learn more about the region than you might from a guidebook. Relax and snap photos en route to each stop on the day’s itinerary, including Glencoe, Kilchurn Castle, Loch Lomond, and Inveraray.
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PookyCake wrote a review Aug 2020
Victoria, Canada10,638 contributions865 helpful votes
The Lighthouse made for an intriguing stop during my whirlwind 2-day tour of Glasgow. Given that I wanted to take in as much as possible without rushing through things, stopping here made perfect sense because it was a mere 5-minute walk from my hotel AND it carries a lot of historic and cultural value. As such, I would suggest that for those who like architecture, history and the arts, The Lighthouse should appear on any itinerary. Let me elaborate a little: The building that houses The Lighthouse was completed in 1895 and represents the first public commission executed by Charles Mackintosh who is, perhaps, Glasgow’s most famous architect. For nearly a century, the edifice played home to the Glasgow Herald. After sitting vacant for about 15 years, the building was purchased in 1999, underwent extensive renovations and subsequently opened in its current form. Now, the building is multi-purpose. It is billed as Scotland’s “Centre for Design and Architecture” and functions as a major visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue. When I visited, The Lighthouse wasn’t overly busy, which was appreciated because I generally dislike large crowds. As I explored its multiple levels, an overarching theme became readily apparent: Each floor, while separate and distinct, nevertheless attempts to weave a clear narrative which says that architecture, design and creativity are interlinked and impact our daily lives in ways we might not even be aware. This theme is perhaps no clearer than on The Lighthouse’s third floor, which is devoted to the Mackintosh Interpretation Centre. Here, you gain a solid introduction to the life and works of Glasgow’s most famous architect and how they (and he) – to this very day – continue to influence life in the city. Now, I’ll be honest. A lot of the exhibits didn’t particularly grab me, so I just sort of skimmed most of them like a stone skipping across water. The major attraction, for me, was the Mackintosh Tower and its helical staircase. Once you climb the tower (and burn your calories for the day), you’ll be privy to unparalleled cityscape views of Glasgow – quite stunning on a reasonably clear day! After you’ve finished admiring the history laid out before your eyes, the staircase itself presents some pretty epic Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. All in all, I think The Lighthouse is definitely worth a visit if you’re playing tourist around Glasgow. The helical staircase is a major attraction, as is the permanent exhibit dedicated to Mackintosh, but so too is the visitor centre on the main floor. Here, you can seek helpful advice and better plan your journey . . . and snag a few reasonably priced items to take home ;) My one caveat: To fully appreciate The Lighthouse, a strong interest in architecture would probably enrich the overall experience; otherwise, like me, you may end up more interested in the staircase and its subsequent view!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Elina Michaelidou wrote a review Apr 2020
London, United Kingdom294 contributions53 helpful votes
The Lighthouse is a great place to learn more about architecture and design and enjoy great views of Glasgow. The best part of my visit was the "very photogenic" staircase to get to the viewing platform.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Ian L wrote a review Mar 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom21 contributions8 helpful votes
Great venue right in the middle of Glasgow. I've been here many many times. It's worth popping in, even if just to get out of the rain, as there's usually something cool going on. Also some of the friendliest staff around. Who clearly love their jobs. The Question Session Music Conference was/is fantastic. Looking forward to next year.
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Date of experience: February 2020
apim wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia253 contributions58 helpful votes
Didn't understand what was on offer. The top level is just 3 floor high and not a great view either in a small town. Not a bad place though but not much to see
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Date of experience: June 2019
Ecojanie wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom86 contributions22 helpful votes
Climb the steps and you have a great view of the city. Take the lift and you get an alternative perspective. The Mackintosh exhibition is very interesting with models, time lines and furniture, there is a cafe and a shop too. Lovely staff made the whole thing even more pleasurable
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Date of experience: February 2020