WHERE IS IT? At the lower end of Sauchiehall Street, five minutes walk from the Art School
ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIERS REGIMENTAL MUSEUM
Hidden in plain sight on the lower end of bustling Sauchiehall Street, sandwiched between a disused shop and a nightclub, is the Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum and gift shop, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The RHF Regimental Museum is a short walk from Mackintosh's more famous building, the Glasgow School of Art. While this museum is significantly smaller, the RHF staff make good use of the space inside. You will leave there well informed about the history of these 300-year-old Scottish warriors, and possibly carrying a tartan trinket of some kind as well.
The exterior is of Victorian red sandstone and was built as an extension to the original building that existed there, Albany House, of which little is left. As well as Mackintosh’s indulgent swirls embedded in the design, he has included the RHF letters, partitioned by two statues, male and female, staring down upon the street. Above them is the RHF golden cap badge, holding three flags, colours of three battle honours awarded to the Royal Highland Fusiliers.