Mackintosh Study Tour

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was inspired not only by his own Scottish heritage but also by international influences so the scope of our expeditions is equally broad.

The pattern for our study tours has been to organize a major one week study tour in Scotland every other year alternating with a shorter long weekend trip for the years in between.

In recent years we have followed the Mackintosh Trail in Glasgow and in the Cerdagne, disovered the work of Lluis Domènech i Montaner in Catalunya, visited the Orkney Islands and the North of Scotland, and followed in the 6th century footsteps of the real King Arthur.

We have also hosted a number of visits from English and Scottish groups to travel in Mackintosh’s footsteps in Roussillon, the latest being our mother organisation, the CRM Society in Glasgow.

Here is a diary from one of our study tours - Exploring the hebrides by boat.


Exploring the Hebridean
by Boat

Participants Diary Notes

At the end of June an intrepid band of 15 adventurers set off to explore the Hebrides by boat. We started with the Corryvreckan, the world’s third largest whirlpool in the straits between the Islands of Jura and Scarba. It was just after the equinox when it should have been performing at its maximum but the day was sunny and calm and the whirlpool was relatively well behaved. We did however surf the tidal wave which completely soaked a couple of our more enthusiastic photographers who were leaning out over the stern !

We sailed on to the Garvellochs, a group of three uninhabited island lying south of Mull, on one of which the Irish St Brendan founded a monastery in 542AD before sailing on to discover Iceland, Greenland and North America. The monastery thrived until abandoned with the arrival of the Vikings. The island has remained uninhabited ever since so the monks ; beehive cells are fairly intact.

Our journey took us across Mull to the island of Iona , founded by St Columba un 563 which became the centre of Celtic Christianity in Scotland and over 40 early kings of Scotand, France, Ireland and Norway are buried here. With calm sea we were able to visit the island of Staffa with its strange geological columns of basalt and take the boat into Fingals Cave which inspired Medelssohn to write his Hebridean Overture. On the island we visited the puffin colony, where we were able to get within a meter or so of the nesting birds.

We travelled in a convoy four cars up the west coast – driving being more practical for the narrow roads than hiring a bus. On the Isle of Skye where a boat took us the uninhabited wilderness of Loch Coruisk, dramtically surrounded by the Black Cuillin mountains. Here we were able to approach a colony of seals rearing their newly born pups.

Finally we crossed to Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides from where we had planned a boat trip to St Kilda, a group of islands 64km further west in the Atlantic which were inahabited from prehistoric times until they were evacuated in 1930‘s. However the weather turned windy with a heavy swell, so the trip had to be abandoned. However on Harris and Lewis we visited the standing stones of Callanish, constructed around 2900BC , a place of pagan worship and a huge astronomical calendar. At Carloway we went into the broch, a circular tsone fortress built in the first century AD and inhabited until around 1300. We visited examples of 18th and 19th century blackhouses – traditional cottages with thatched roofs and also a mill built in the 6th century and in regular use until the mid 20th century.



The Hebrideans - Ancient Ruins

Garvellochs in the Hebrides

Group dinner

Puffins and Visitors in hebridean

Sunset on the hebrides



Discovering Catalan Art Nouveau in Barcelona

One day visit to BARCLEONA

In the morning a guide will take us round the « Caixaforum».   Originally built in the Catalan Art Nouveau style as a textile factory, today it is an exhibition centre for Art Nouveau and features one of its principal exponents Josep Puig i Catelfach.

In the afternoon, we will explore the famous «Quadrat d’Or», an area where from 1860 onwards eaelthy families built in the latest modernist style by top architects of the day such as Puig i Cadalfach, Domenèch i Montaner, and Gaudi.  To end the tour we will visit an Art Nouveau apartment belonging to a private foundation.

Departure at 7.00am from Prades with stops at Perpignan and the péage at Le Boulou.  Return towards 9.00pm.,

This trip is for members only and the estimated cost is 50€ per person excluding lunch (which will be according to individual choice).  Depending on demand, a partial refund may be possible.

More detailed information will be sent out in October   As total numbers will be limited to 30, if you are interested, please reply as soon as possible to :.

The Secretary:

Michèle GRAU mich.grau@wanadoo.fr
Tel: 04 68 98 08 81 (répondeur si besoin) 

Robert LOEILLET  loeillet.g@free.fr
Tel: 06 03 69 86 71 


Josep Puig i Catelfach