By registering to attend SPEC 2018, you are entitled to attend one of our selected tours. These tours will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 13 June and are on a first come first served basis. You can register for your preferred tour by logging back into your SPEC registration account. If you have any questions regarding these tours, or need help booking your space, please email us on

Tour: Glasgow Music City

Location: Glasgow City Centre

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Walking the oldest streets of Glasgow, our Merchant City Music – Past and Present tour covers cherished venues such as the mighty Barrowland Ballroom and the venerable Britannia Panopticon – Britain’s oldest surviving music hall.

The Merchant City has proved to be a creative stamping ground for everyone from Stan Laurel to Billy Connolly, Simple Minds and Franz Ferdinand.

This tour tells the story of the veteran venues which have found a new lease of life; the fertile relationship between the city’s visual arts community and its musicians; the legendary pubs frequented by folk music giants, and the newer, noisier upstarts that keep the grassroots scene growing.

Join Glasgow Music City Tours as we lift the lid on the sights and sounds of the Merchant City.

Please note that this tour will include a stop at a bar in Glasgow. Drinks are not included in the tour so if you wish to have one this will be at your own expense. Numbers are limited and on a first come first served basis so book on as soon as you can. The tour guide will collect delegates at the conference venue, the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde.

Tour: Glasgow Necropolis

Location: Glasgow City Centre

Time: 14:30 – TBC

The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis, undertake friendly, informal and informative tours of the magnificent Victorian cemetery, all undertaken by enthusiastic volunteer guides.

Within its magnificent gates, approx 50,000 burials have taken place within its 37 acres, dating back to 1832. You will find monuments designed by major architects and sculptors of the time, including Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Charles Rennie Macintosh and JT Rochead, in every architectural style, created for the prominent and wealthy entrepreneurs of the ‘Second City of the Empire’.

Suggested donations as per below.

As a registered Scottish charity, all donations we received from our tours go in their entirely to our conservation and restoration work within the Necropolis, the current being the Monteath Mausoleum. Donations can be made online at our website, or simply on the day.

May we take this opportunity to remind you that the Necropolis can be uneven underfoot in places, and therefore sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended, and all tours undertaken at your own risk.

Tour: Glengoyne Distillery

Location: Dumgoyne, Glasgow (Transport will be provided)

Time: 13:10

The Glengoyne team will welcome you with a dram of Glengoyne 12 Year Old, overlooking the waterfall and the secret glen where it all began. Then they will show you how hard they work to create the bold flavours in their whisky. You will follow the journey the spirit makes – through mashtun and walkbacks to the swan-necks of their copper stills. You will discover how they capture every ounce of flavour before they send the spirit to the cask. In the cool confines of their stone warehouse, you will see where the magic of maturation takes place. Transport will be provided for this tour.


For delegates who have selected to go on this tour, please pick up a lunch bag from the catering area in the exhibition hall, then meet at Strathclyde University Technology & Innovation Centre entrance at 13:10 before joining the coaches.

Tour: WEST Brewery

Location: Glasgow City Centre

Time: TBC

Accompanied by one of the knowledgeable WEST guides, you will walk through their on-site brewery where you will learn about the history of WEST and how they brew their award winning beers using only water, barley, hops, and yeast.

Tour: Mackintosh at the Glasgow School of Art

Location: Glasgow City Centre

Time: 14:30 – 15:15

Discover Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s famous furniture designs and the history of his architectural masterwork, with The Glasgow School of Art’s award-winning student-led guided tours.

Join the GSA tour to investigate the story of the Mackintosh building and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s journey at The Glasgow School of Art from student to master designer. Uncover Mackintosh’s famous designs with exclusive access to GSA’s new furniture gallery and discover his ideas, influences and relationships with our knowledgeable guides.

Please note there is no access to the interiors of the Mackintosh building whilst restoration is underway. This tour takes place in the Reid building and Mackintosh furniture gallery opposite the Mackintosh building.

All participants must be able to climb and descend stairs with no lift required.

Thank you for Attending this year’s conference