Mackintosh City & Coast

Heart & Soul of Scotland

From the Mackintosh legacy in Glasgow to his magnificent work in Helensburgh, discover arts and crafts in the Heart & Soul of Scotland.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s most celebrated architect, left a beautiful mark on Glasgow. You can discover an incredible collection of Mackintosh buildings, drawings and designs in the city. Just a short train journey away in Helensburgh there’s even more wonderful work by Mackintosh.

Mackintosh’s legacy can be seen all across Glasgow, from Scotland Street School Museum to the Mackintosh house interior at the Hunterian. The Lighthouse in the city centre, the former Glasgow Herald building, houses Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design. Check out the galleries and the Mackintosh Interpretation Centre before making your way to the viewing platform for views over Glasgow. You should also visit House For An Art Lover. It was inspired by the designs of Mackintosh and is a fabulous place to visit. Finally, head to Mackintosh at The Willow, the original Miss Cranston’s Tea Room which has now been beautifully restored.

It’s well worth making the short journey to Helensburgh in Argyll to see more work by Mackintosh. The most famous is Hill House, universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation MacKintosh and his artist wife Margaret MacDonald created almost everything to see here, from the building itself to its furniture and textiles. The Hill House is currently closed as National Trust For Scotland construct a ‘box’ around the building that will allow it to dry out and enable crucial conservation work.

Less well known is Mackintosh Club in Helensburgh. It was Mackintosh’s first complete commission and was only recently re-discovered. The upper floor had lain empty since the early 1970s. It is now reopened as a gallery and arts venue that celebrates the 'Glasgow Four'.