A SAMPLE ITINERARY TO VIEW SCOTLAND'S BUILT ENVIRONMENT +

DAY 1

Fish Out of Water will meet you and your party at the airport, and whisk you off to Glasgow city centre. Our plan is for you to spend the first night in one of the city centre’s most stylish hotels. Formerly the headquarters of the Royal Automobile Club, it now showcases Scottish hospitality and history at its best, whilst at the same time boasting impeccable green credentials. (Its carbon emission is 40% lower than any other similar sized hotel in the country.)

Once refreshed, the party will be taken to the Glasgow School of Art, one of the most revered art schools in the world. We’ve arranged for the curator of this stunning Charles Rennie Mackintosh building to join you at a VIP reception and then accompany you on a private tour.

Staying awake is said to be the best cure for jetlag, so we’ve also arranged for you to enjoy a Jetlag Defying Supper in another extraordinary building. The India of Inchinnan is a stunning example of Art Deco splendour, refurbished to embrace the modern world.

A private reception with drinks and dinner in the company of the architectural team responsible for this renowned refurbishment project will, we promise, keep the jetlag at bay.

DAY 2

Your Exclusive Charles Rennie Mackintosh Day

Good Morning: We’ve called in a contact, and lined up a renowned authority to take you on a private tour of all the great Charles Rennie Mackintosh masterpieces in Glasgow.

Lunch will be a private affair at the House for an Art Lover. (This isn’t any old art lover, by the way. The House for an Art Lover was a design created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a competition. Sadly, the entry was late and the master was disqualified. Years later, his plans were discovered - and this stunning building is the result.)

We’re calling in another favour for the afternoon, and arranging for a few vaults to be opened. This means you’ll be treated to a private viewing of some seldom-seen Charles Rennie Mackintosh original paintings and designs.

Dinner will be at one of our favourite award-winning restaurants, hosted by the director of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society.

DAY 3

Day three begins with a breakfast reception at a leading, award-winning, Glasgow architect’s office. We’re sure you’ll enjoy sharing enthusiasms and reviewing past and present projects.

This will be followed by a river tour of regeneration in Glasgow city centre, followed by lunch at the City Chambers (itself a stunning building), with City of Glasgow dignitaries.

We highly recommend that you join us for a 30-minute drive south of Glasgow after lunch. We’ve arranged for the curator of Dumfries House to meet you and take you on a personal tour of this pristine 18th century Adam-designed house. For those who enjoy classic furniture, Dumfries House also boasts the world’s finest collection of Thomas Chippendale pieces.

Dumfries House is so enchanting, that dinner with the curator really shouldn’t be missed. History will come to life as you enjoy the sumptuous menu in this extraordinary place.

DAY 4

Day four is all about undiscovered Glasgow – the Glasgow you’ll only come across if one of the locals shows you its treasures, and only if the particular local happens to understand architecture and its significance.

By day four we’ll know you quite well. We’ll have a good understanding of what you particularly like. And we’re going to pull rabbits out of hats, so to speak, to make this last day a truly magical experience.

We’ll also be pulling out all the stops for lunch, introducing a particularly wonderful celebrity chef who will show you what contemporary Scottish food is all about.

We have more Scottish treasures in store for the afternoon; more places to see and people to meet; more experiences that the average tourist doesn’t see, meet or do.

The evening will be a crescendo of fine wine, exquisite food, and jolly good company – perhaps at Glasgow’s oldest restaurant, which is an experience in itself, or at one of our other favourite dining spots.

By the end of day four, you’ll know what true Scottish hospitality, friendship and fun is all about. We know you’ll want to come back again.

NEST STEPS

We should get together to discuss and plan your perfect itinerary tailored to your unique requirements.

If you plan to travel with colleagues or friends you couldn’t be in safer hands. Whether parties are large or small, we can ensure everyone enjoys the experience.

Once we understand you and your interests, we can determine where and when. If you describe the sort of accommodation you have in mind, we can propose the best of its type. And as soon as we know how long you wish to spend in Scotland, we can get creative.

We will send you a tailored, detailed, itinerary and an indication of price.

The price can be broken down to a rate per person per day, which would include meeting and greeting, transfers, food, accommodation, guides, equipment hire (if applicable), fees and taxes. We’re also happy to work within your budget to secure the best activities and accommodation to match.

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