Please join me for an art treasure trove in vibrant Glasgow. Our base is the contemporary 5* Radisson Blu Hotel; an easy walk to most galleries and museums. We’ll explore the countryside by private coach or on the world famous West Highland Railway;  experience one of Scotland’s oldest and most traditional highland games and visit one of Prince Charles’ favourite Scottish retreats.  Along the way we’ll take time to create en plein air.  Non artists are most welcome to join this tour!

21 – 31 July 2019 
10 nights, 11 days



  • 10 nights comfortable accommodation with breakfast, 5* Radisson Blu, Glasgow
  • Creating art en plein air
  • Dumfries House, Ayrshire – a favourite retreat for Prince Charles
  • Airth Highland Games – one of the oldest and most traditional in Scotland
  • Day tour to the Highlands including Loch Ness and Glencoe
  • Journey on the West Highland Railway to Oban before returning to Glasgow late afternoon
  • Glasgow Art Destinations:
    • Charles Rennie Mackintosh trail
    • House for an Art Lover
    • Glasgow School of Art
    • Holmwood House
    • Huntarian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow
    • Pollok House
    • Gallery of Modern Art – in search of Andy Goldsworthy et. al.
    • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
    • Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
    • In search of the Scottish Colourists and Anne Redpath





  • Smart casual clothing for summer weather but allow for cool changes
  • Practical walking shoes
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • toiletries

WHAT TO BRING – art equipment

Work to your own strength and with your preferred medium.
Group appraisals and discussions are a constant source of inspiration.


  • 2b pencil, rubber, drawing book (not too small), portable stool


  • any art materials and surfaces you prefer



  • group airport transfers
  • 10 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at 5* Radisson Blue, Glasgow – no extra charge for single supplement
  • + 1 complimentary night (Saturday 20th July) if joining the Norway tour
  • 3 hour guided walking tour of Glasgow
  • group welcome dinner
  • private guide / coach tour through the Highlands, including Loch Ness and Glencoe
  • private coach transfer and entry to Dumfries House Estate
  • private coach transfer and entry to Airth Highland Games
  • Journey on the West Highland Railway  to Oban and return to Glasgow late in the day
  • creating art en plein air throughout the tour 



  • pre/post tour travel 
  • travel insurance
  • entry is usually free to galleries/museums in Glasgow. Extraneous entry costs are not covered by this tour
  • meals unless stated
  • alcohol



It is essential you can walk independently at a moderate pace.


TRAVEL INSURANCE is highly recommended


We recommend Jenny Tucker, Travel Partners for  flights and pre/post tour travel. 

Email : jennyt@travelpartners.com.au
Mobile : 0437 388 887



TOUR LEADER : Cilla Campbell

I am a graduate of National Art School and conduct courses in drawing, painting and relief printmaking at the WEA, Sydney and elsewhere. Throughout the year, I lead national and international art tours (check tour testimonials). 

Cilla Campbell



PRE TOUR /  Saturday 20th July
Complimentary accommodation at 5* Radisson Blu, Glasgow if also joining Norway tour.


DAY ONE / Sunday 21st July
Tour begins in Glasgow.
Afternoon orientation walking tour.
Welcome dinner.
Accom Radisson Blu (5 * or similar).


DAY TWO / Monday 22nd July
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Trail

CRM was a Scottish architect, designer and artist. His work and that of his wife Margaret Macdonald, influenced European design movements such as Art Nouveau and Secessionism. The rediscovery of Mackintosh as a significant figure in design has been attributed to the designation of Glasgow as European City of Culture in 1990.

We’ll choose an en plein air destination whilst on the Trail.

DAY THREE / Tuesday 23rd July
Visit to Dumfries House  (40 min drive from Glasgow)

Set in 2,000 acres, this stunning estate and 18th-century house is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes with an unrivalled collection of original furniture. Saved from destruction by the intervention of HRH Prince Charles in 2007, it is now a thriving centre. The Princes Foundation champions the most important part of any community – its people.


DAY FOUR / Wednesday 24th July
In search of the Scottish Colourists and Anne Redpath at Kelvingrove and the Hunterian Art Gallery.

Internationally well known during their lifetime, the Scottish Colourists have played an influential role on the development of Scottish art. The term ‘Scottish Colourists’ refers to four painters, S. J. Peploe (1871—1935), J. D. Fergusson (1874—1961), G. L. Hunter (1877—1931) and F. C. B. Cadell (1871—1935). Anne Redpath and a group of her contemporaries are sometimes called The Edinburgh School. They may be seen as the “heirs” of the Scottish Colourists.

DAY FIVE / Thursday 25th July
Journey on the West Highland Railway from Glasgow to Oban and return late afternoon. Dramatic scenery of the coast and mountains and fascinating histories of the local castles and ancient religious sites ensure an eventful day.

Estimated travel: Dep. Glasgow 8.06 Arr.Oban 11.27. Dep. Oban 16.11 Arr. Glasgow 19.16      

Don’t forget to bring your art materials!


DAY SIX / Friday 26th July
Free Day
Perhaps explore Glasgow or visit Edinburgh

DAY SEVEN / Saturday 27th July  
Highland Games, Airth.

Experience one of Scotland’s oldest and most traditional highland games, surrounded by the picturesque setting of the River Forth and Ochil Hills. Our private guide/vehicle will ensure another unique Scottish adventure.

An excellent day for filling our sketch books and having a highland fling!


DAY EIGHT / Sunday 28th July
Discover Glasgow. Optional visits to:

  • Christ of St John of the Cross – Salvador Dali, Kelvingrove Art Gallery
  • Holmwood House is an elaborate residential villa designed by the Scottish architect Alexander “Greek” Thomson, retaining much of its original interior decor
  • Pollok House, the ancestral home of the Stirling Maxwell family with a private collection of Spanish works including El Greco, Francisco Goya and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Also paintings by Rubens and William Blake

DAY NINE / Monday 29th July
Experience the rugged and mythical beauty of Scotland on this day long tour.  We’ll venture through the Highlands and Cairngorms National Park, Loch Ness and Glencoe.

DAY TEN / Tuesday 30th July

  • Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow – Andy Goldsworthy et. al.
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • House for an Art Lover – designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901 and built in the attractive setting of Bellahouston Art Park in the 1990s. An insight into Mackintosh’s renowned talent not just as an architect, but as a an artist. 

Review our days en plein air in Scotland

Farewell Dinner


DAY ELEVEN / Wednesday 31st July
Tour ends after breakfast with group transfer to the airport


Price: $4,950.00 (2 places remain)

(no extra charge for single supp)


A 25% deposit is required at time of reservation.

Balance of payment 90 days prior to departure.

Cancellation with refund is possible if a replacement booking is made.



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