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  • Trail 4. Ille-sur-Têt


    Having packed up their things in London, the Macintoshes returned to spend the winter of 1924 in Ille sur Tet and took rooms in the Hotel du Midi on the road to Prades.

    "We live on eight shillings a day, wine included." The food is good and plentiful. The eating room is a delightful feature. At the end is a long table, the full length of the room, at which workmen sit, having a gorgeous feast and discussing the affairs of the world. It always reminds me of the Last Supper only there is no frugality here and the wine flows in a way which would have given life and gaiety to Leonardo's popular masterpiece".

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  • Trail 4. Ille-sur-Têt

    21. L'Héré de Mallet

    Private Collection on loan to
    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art



    Turn off the N116 (direction Estagel and Belesta). At the bridge over the Têt on the left is a reproduction of the "Heré de Mallet".

  • Trail 4. Ille-sur-Têt

    21. L'Héré de Mallet

    Private Collection on loan to
    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art


    This strange geological formation is a deposit of alluvial sand that was pushed up when the Pyrenees were formed. Within the sand are boulders of harder rock, which erode more slowly and so become isolated on top of high columns. Locally they are known as Les Orgues.

  • Trail 4. Ille-sur-Têt

    20b. Blanc Ontoine

    Hunterian Art Gallery,
    University of Glasgow

    "The buildings here are a perpetual joy to us. Toshie is going to paint some of the 'Mas' as they call them – farmhouses really."

    Outside the Hotel du Midi are two reproductions. To find them, continue towards Prades and after the rugby field on your left, turn left (opposite Intermarché). This is the old road to Bouleternère. Beyond the modern housing, "Mas Blanc" is on the left – now with a wooden fence in front.

  • Trail 4. Ille-sur-Têt

    20a. A Southern Farm

    Hunterian Art Gallery,
    University of Glasgow


    Mas Saunier (A Southern Farm) is further on where the road crosses the railway. Follow the Vieux Chemin to the end and turn left into Bouleternère and first left across the bridge.

  • Trail 4. Bouleternère

    19. Bouleternère

    Private Collection, USA


    On the far side of the bridge, on the right hand side, is the reproduction of "Bouleternère". In fact, he painted it from a couple of positions further along the track, which runs down from the bridge.

  • Trail 4. Bouleternère

    19. Bouleternère

    Private Collection, USA


    First he painted the town from the church down to the round tower. Then he exaggerated reality by painting the houses to the left overlooking the river and sliding them under the upper part of the painting, dramatising Bouleternère by making it twice as high as it is in reality.

  • Trail 4. Bouleternère

    19. Bouleternère

    Private Collection, USA



    Return to the N116 and turn left towards Prades. Mackintosh would have travelled this way on the train, and gone past the village of Eus. Did this hilltop village inspire his interpretation of Bouleternère?

  • Trail 4. Villefranche de Conflent




    Continue past Prades to Villefranche de Conflent, the heavily fortified town where the Mackintoshes changed from the main line train to the narrow gauge Petit Train Jaune which still runs with the same rolling stock up to the high mountain plateaus of the Cerdagne.

  • Trail 4. Fort Liberia








    The third and most comprehensive Interpretation Centre is housed in Fort Liberia which dominates Villefranche. (see Centres).

  • Trail 4. Evol

    Further up the line, the Mackintoshes stopped at Olette where they stayed at the Hotel de la Fontaine. From here they explored the area where Mackintosh enthused about the small mountain villages like Jujols, Evol, Canavels and Marians.

    The Mackintoshes left the train at La Cabanasse, the station for Mont Louis, a kilometre or so higher up the hill.





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