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We Are McLay's Guest House

On the same street as McLays Hotel is Glasgow School of Art designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1896. It is said to be one of the most influential and significant structures of the 20th century. To celebrate Glasgow's most famous architect, the Glasgow School of Art has guided tours, exhibitions and a gift shop. Scotland's National Centre for Architecture and Design, The Lighthouse is also based in the city centre of Glasgow and is inextricably linked to Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Much of Glasgow's fortunes were due to tobacco and cotton trading and shipbuilding during the 18th and 19th centuries with the River Clyde serving as the the main channel of trading. The Scottish Maritime Museum is situated in Braehead were Glasgow's maritime history can be explored and enjoyed. Glasgow boasts the birthplace of the QE2, an international liner. There is a water bus that runs from the centre of Glasgow to the museum.

A diverse range of museums and galleries can be visited most of the year, many offering free admission. The Burrell Collection in Pollock Park explores the world through time, culture and ideas. The GoMA, Gallery of Modern Art in Royal Exchange Square offers temporary exhibitions and workshops of contemporary art. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum at Kelvingrove Park is Scotland's must-see museum which includes a real spitfire soaring above visitors. People's Palace and Winter Gardens in Glasgow Green tells the story of Glasgow from ancient to current times. Approximately 10 miles south of Glasgow is the National Museum of Rural Life celebrating the Scot's relationship with the land and farming going back 6,000 years.