If you have heard of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and recognise his style, then, like me, you will want to visit the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. Sauchiehall is Gaelic for ‘Alley of Willows’ and is the inspiration behind the building. The very distinctive patterns he incorporated into his designs are beautiful in their own right, but when you consider that he was born in the 1800’s, the clean, almost stark lines were way ahead of their time.
I just had the most splendid weekend at The Pier House in Port Appin, based on the West Coast of Scotland. We often take a weekend out at this time of year to enjoy the spring weather.
The Pierhouse is a 12 bedroom property with owners who are passionate about service and quality. We sat and enjoyed a glass of wine while watching the wee ferry coming and going to the Island of Lismore on Loch Linnhe (one of a few sea Lochs in Scotland). The scenery is utterly amazing; the West Coast truly has the most spectacular and breathtaking views. More so, the Hotel has a renowned Scottish Seafood Restaurant; locally sourced seafood – its only when you dine at such a place as the Pier House do you realise what a difference in taste there is when fish are caught and cooked in the same day!
Should you find yourself staying in Glasgow’s West End, it would a waste not to take a stroll along the bustling Byres Road. Staying in the luxury boutique hotel, Hotel du Vin & Bistro (a 15 minutes drive from Glasgow Airport) means you are but a minute’s walk from one of the most eclectic and intriguing streets in Glasgow.
Full of boutiques, pubs, bars and restaurants; there really is something for everyone. Only just this weekend a friend and I decided to head there to the new Italian-style tapas restaurant, La Vita Spuntini, for lunch. After several delicious mini-dishes of meatballs, frittatas, one-too-many slices of homemade Italian bread and a fantastic bottle of wine, we wandered up and down the busy street window-shopping at the clothing, home-ware and music stores.
I had an afternoon free in Glasgow this weekend and so I went along the Scottish Golf Show. I was very impressed and spent an enjoyable afternoon there. All of the major manufacturers were present, and many were offering to custom-fit golf clubs. Each company also had a number of test bays available to try out new clubs.
For an insight into elegant family life in Glasgow, spanning over seven centuries, regular visits to Pollock House on the outskirts of the city is a must for me. The house and surrounding park cover a lot of my interests. I love the hunting scene paintings in the Billiard Room and always include a viewing in my visits. The park is full of unusual trees and shrubs and includes a huge collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. There is always something in flower, but if you visit in May or June the colours are breathtaking and I rarely have to share the woodland walk with anyone but the dog!