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Glasgow Museums And Buildings To Visit

Museums And Buildings To Visit In Glasgow

Glasgow has been dubbed by popular travel site TripAdvisor as the No.1 UK destination on the rise today. One of Europe’s most vibrant and stylish cities, it is a chic cosmopolitan city that offers many attractions and things to do for the first-time visitor. If you love art and history, you simply cannot leave Glasgow without visiting its famous museums and buildings. Here are 5 of them that you definitely must visit:

The Burrell Collection

GlasgowSituated at the Pollok Country Park, the Burrell Collection is found inside an award-winning building dubbed as the 2nd greatest post-war building by Prospect magazine in 2005. The collection acquired by shipping magnate Sir William Burrell was given to the city in 1944, with several conditions upon its exhibition. A design contest for the building was made and was opened by Queen Elizabeth herself in 1983. The eclectic art collection includes several pieces of Chinese, Islamic and Gothic art, as well as stained glass collections. It is one of the greatest collections of art by a single individual in the world – with over 8000 objects on display.

The Glasgow Cathedral

No visitor to Glasgow should leave without visiting the Glasgow Cathedral. Standing majestically right in the middle of the city, the Cathedral is dedicated to the patron saint of Glasgow, Saint Kentigenn or St. Mungo. It is said to be the finest building in the country from the 13th century.

St. Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art

Established in 1993, this museum is the only public museum in the world devotedly exclusively to religion. Its aim is to promote the understanding and respect between individuals of different faiths as it explores the importance of the subject in people’s lives across the world. It is named after St. Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow and was designed to reflect the architecture of the Bishop’s Castle. Once you’re done wandering around, you can get coffee at the museum café where it opens out to the 1st ever Zen garden in Britain.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Established in 1901 and containing over 9000 objects, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is currently ranked the #1 museum in the entire country. Housing one of Europe’s greatest art collections, it is also among the top 3 most visited free attractions in Scotland. Among its highlights are the Christ of Saint John of the Cross art piece by Salvador Dali and its extensive collection of arms and armour.

The Glasgow School of Art Building

Also known as “The Mackintosh Building,” this iconic architectural gem is said to be the masterpiece of the great Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Cited by many architecture critics as one of the finest buildings in the UK, it offers intriguing furniture designed by Mackintosh himself, ironwork and stained glass that makes it a truly unique piece of art. There are guided tours by students everyday, where you can also learn about the late architect’s life and his influence on the movement of the international Art Nouveau movement.

There is a lot to see and do in Glasgow and it is well worth spending a few days there. Private House Stays have a great selection of bed and breakfast accommodation in Glasgow and you can be assured of getting the best prices as you will be booking direct with the owners.


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Scottish Highland Wedding Piper

What is Piper On Parade About?

In a nutshell Piper on Parade is about providing an excellent, friendly and professional bespoke service to bridal couples.

The wedding piper is but one of a number of services available for bridal couples. The service may be described as one of the historical or original services requested. It sits alongside the photographer, florist, wedding cake and limousine providers, however to remain relevant in today’s age the wedding piper must be ready to compete for his part of the bridal budget, and that competition is greater than ever when you consider the more recent or modern providers in the market i.e. sweet trolleys, wishing wells, post boxes, antique dish wear etc. The question I ask myself is “which providers will the happy couple prioritise”? The wedding piper must be ready to compete, and to my mind Piper on Parade should and must be right up there, and the only way to ensure that is by providing an excellent, friendly and professional bespoke service, which is ultimately viewed as value for money.

Scottish Highland Wedding PiperI feel to some degree the Piper for too long has been a victim of his general caricature, being viewed through “rose tinted” spectacles when he may have been expected to turn up a little worse for wear, not particularly smart, but wearing a kilt, (arguably worn at Culloden by some previous family generation!), and he plays the part of the cheeky chappy / court jester!

His dress, his music and his lack of professional service doesn’t therefore really matter, as it’s justified by “oh well as long as the guests have a laugh its fine”.  I feel we must ensure those days are long gone, and that’s where Piper on Parade is raising the bar.

I believe the wedding Piper must provide an overall memorable service (for all the right reasons!) and that must include immaculate dress, provide excellent musicality and offer a friendly and bespoke personal service.

With much stress attached to wedding organisation in today’s market and with the competing demands on limited budgets, it is only but right that the Piper works for his money, therefore he must be friendly, relaxed, and professional in all aspects of organising the piping for the big day.

Piper on Parade not only offers to converse on the phone, by text , by email or by face book, but arranges to meet up with the couple prior to the big day and talk through their expectations. Some bridal parties don’t realise their own expectations or the possibilities until that friendly, relaxed discussion takes place. It is far better to discuss face to face.  I see it as my role to explain all the possibilities and impossibilities and wherever possible meet and exceed expectations. Of course the mere fact of meeting up starts a relationship which progresses throughout the weeks leading up to the big day when you make yourself available for advise, comment and thought. Come the day, there is that understanding and reassurance which only comes with familiarity and trust.

You can contact Dougie, the Piper On Parade, by email at enquiries@piperonparade.co.uk or telephone on 01463 870 244 or 07515263 716. For more information visit the Piper On Parade website.


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10 Things To Do In Edinburgh in 1 Day

Ten Things To Do While In Edinburgh For A Day

If you find yourself staying at Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland  for only one day, don’t be too disappointed. There are plenty of things to do and see in this historic and lively city that will make your day a spectacular experience. Here are 10 things that you can do and see if you’re in Edinburgh for 1 day:

Princes Street EdinburghSunrise at Arthur’s Seat

If you arrive at night in Edinburgh, there’s no better way to watch the sun rise the next day than at the peak of Arthur’s Seat. This 251 meter high extinct volcano in the middle of Edinburgh offers panoramic views of the city, making it the perfect way to start your day. The simplest and easiest way to get to the top is to take a taxi then hike your way up to peak in just 30 minutes.

Breakfast at the Scottish Café and Restaurant

Located right beside The Scottish National Gallery, The Scottish Café and Restaurant offers the freshest Scottish produce from local growers and farmers. If you want to start your day with culture, grab some breakfast at this award-winning restaurant and explore the gallery for some Scottish history.

Spy on the City at the Camera Obscura and the World of Illusion

Established in the 1850’s, this museum is known worldwide for its system of mirrors that projects images of the city on a white disc in a small dark room. There are also telescopes on the rooftop that are powerful enough to give you superb views of people and places around the city.

Have Lunch at the Elephant House

Established in 1995, the Elephant House is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Located at the heart of Edinburgh, it is one of the best tea and coffee houses in the city, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well. It was also made famous by J.K. Rowling, as it was here that she wrote some parts of the early Harry Potter books.

Wait for the 1pm Bell at Edinburgh Castle

The most iconic symbol of the city, Edinburgh Castle is the most dominant figure of the city’s skyline. Several museums can be explored in the castle, where every day, except Sundays, the 1pm bell is rang that is heard all over the city.

Take a Tour of Edinburgh Castle

There’s a huge amount to see and do in Edinburgh Castle but if you book in advance you can beat the queues to save time. There is a 1 hour tour which includes St Margaret’s Chapel, Lang Stairs. the Great Hall and the Panarama of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh CastleShop at the Royal Mile

The busiest tourist street in Edinburgh where you can shop for authentic Scottish wares in established and new stores along this mile-long street.

Have Dinner in a Michelin-Starred Restaurant

Michelin is the oldest and best known European hotel and restaurant reference guide that awards stars for excellence to only a select few. Edinburgh boasts 4 Michelin-starred restaurants – have a gastronomic feast at either Number One, Kitchin, Castle Terrace or at Restaurant Martin Wishart.

Enjoy Creepy Walking Tours

Any city that’s rich in history always has its own set of creepy and ghost-filled buildings and locations. Edinburgh has several ghost tours that give visitors a really unique tourist experience. The City of the Dead or Mary King’s Close are great walking tours that will definitely give you the creeps.

Have a Drink or Two at the Grass Market

Once the city has scared the wits out of you, it’s time to shake that dreadful fright out of your system. Head down to the Grassmarket where pubs and bars come alive at night, giving you a real taste of Edinburgh.

There’s literally something to do for every hour of your one-day stay at Edinburgh – all you need to do is get the most out of the city for a unforgettable day. You can find the best selection of Edinburgh accommodation on the Private House Stays website.


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What To Do On A Short Break In Inverness

Inverness War MemorialIf you fancy a quiet and relaxing weekend away a short break in Inverness is just what you need. Located in the Scottish Highlands the city has a lot to offer even if you don’t want to travel further afield to see the amazing scenery, castles and other attractions. There are many things to see and do in and around Inverness and as an added bonus there is a great choice of restaurants, bars and even a casino.

A walk a long the River Ness is an excellent way to pass some time on a sunny, summer afternoon and you may even spot a passing seal. You can walk along one side of the river past Bught Park until you reach the footbridge which links to Ness Islands. The islands are a pretty and tranquil place to be with families and children strolling through as well as the locals walking their dogs. As you continue through the islands you eventually reach another footbridge which takes you back off the islands onto the river footpath on the opposite side. As you walk along this side of the river you can enjoy a rest on the benches and further along take a look at the Inverness War Memorial with it’s floral masterpieces all around.

Caledonian CanalFor those that want to experience more of the beauty, quiet and supremely fresh air a walk along the Caledonian Canal is a must. It’s easy to walk from the city centre to the canal and you can even stop off at the Floral Hall en route. The footpath beside the canal stretches almost five miles to Dochgarroch where there is a loch and a quaint restaurant called Oakwood. Throughout the warmer months you can see rowers on the water as well as the pleasure boats that are on their way to and from Loch Ness. There are boat tours along the canal, run by Jacobite who have a base at Tomnahurich Bridge, and you can see one of their boats, the Jacobite Queen.  

But if you are looking to enjoy the nightlife of Inverness, there is plenty to keep you occupied. People always like to try something different whilst on holiday, so why not try out one of the casinos located in Inverness. Gambling online at sites like Gaming Club has become more popular in recent years, with many people taking up gaming at online casinos as a hobby. But there is nothing better than getting dressed up and heading down to the casino and playing a few hands of cards or having a few rolls of the dice to add a touch of the Monte Carlo class to your evening. The main gaming room in the city is the one4 Fun Casino, which has a great array of games for the punters to enjoy. With the likes of roulette and slot machines to play, and being open every day, the casino is a great place to unwind after a long day and to have some real fun. So if you’re looking for heritage, culture and to win some money gaming, then Inverness is the city for you.


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