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Mackintosh tour in Glasgow?

Anyone know how I can hire someone with Mackintosh knowledge to lead us around to all Mackintosh buildings and exhibits in Glasgow. My wife and I plan to be there (and also Edinburgh) sometime between May 8-13, right after we finish our RS Paris in 7 Days trip. We are "turn of the century" nuts, so we try to see Art Nouveau and Art Deco wherever we travel. We won't have a car, and I have some small walking difficulties. Thanks.

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There are a number of Mackintosh sites in the center of town easily accessible , and a guide is really not necessary , Willow Tea Room , Art School , Buchanan Tea Rooms , The Lighthouse , Glasgow Herald . By train , a trip out to Helensburgh to see the Hill House is simple , and by metro , The Scotland Street School and The Mackintosh House at The Hunterian Museum are easy . Also REALLY worthwhile and accessible by metro and/or bus is The House for an Art Lover in nearby Bellahouston Park .. This 45 minute documentary about Mackintosh from 1996 will whet your appetite to see these things https://youtu.be/LNrV6vbu4os Also there is a wonderful collection of work by Mackintosh and his brilliant wife , Margaret MacDonald , at The Kelvingrove Museum in The West End

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Since you have some minor walking difficulties, it probably isn't the best advice to see all the sites with public transportation. I've done it with a car and the sites are quite distant. Note that most of the sites offer their own guided tours so what you really need is the transportation.

I would Google search and see what comes up. A quick search shows Glasgow Taxis offering a service, including a drive out to Hill House (very much worthwhile).

The Willow Tea Room and GSA are accessible on your own (though a hike between). Check the GSA website for current tour info since the fire.

The Queens Church is also very worthwhile to visit and has a nice gift shop (so does the GSA).

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Thanks. Any suggestions on what buildings and art in Edinburgh are also in my area of interest? I realize Mackintosh stuff is not there, but what else from 1800s to the present is notable? (Obviously we'll see castles and cathedrals, but I soft of overdose on these, so need some relief)

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Edinburgh is roughly divided between the Old Town ( medieval ) and The New Town ( Georgian eighteenth century ) The architecture in both is stunning , The Royal Mile in the Old Town is one of Europe's great streets , since it it a hill that runs downhill from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood , I would suggest getting to the top ( the castle ) via cab or bus and then walking down . There is a lot to see , and perusing Rick's book will list them . One favorite for me is The Scottish National Museum , but there is much more . I have been to Edinburgh several times , and never tire of it ! The National Gallery , is also a winner .