Trump Turnberry


Trump Turnberry Resort, Turnberry, Ayrshire

Founded 1901. Links Course

As a world class links resort, Turnberry has everything that you could want. The hotel is a luxurious base from which to play the courses on-site along with the likes of Prestwick, Royal Troon and Western Gailes. And while there is something for everyone at Turnberry, the major attraction for golfers is its two excellent links courses; the Ailsa Course and Robert the Bruce Course (formerly Kintyre Course). The Ailsa Course at Turnberry is one of the world’s great links and has played regular host to the Open Championship, the most memorable of which was the famous “Duel in the Sun” where Nicklaus & Watson went head to head over four historic rounds. Turnberry most recently hosted the Open Championship of 2009, when Tom Watson at the age of 59 missed an eight foot putt that would have given him his sixth Open Championship.

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Sightseeing & Tourist Attractions in Scotland

Great golf is only part of the story when considering what makes the perfect golf trip. Thankfully, the other essential component parts are all found in abundance in Scotland, not least in the sights to see department. Whether scheduling a day off from golf or filling an afternoon after your morning round, there are many options regardless of which region you are visiting. The below is intended as a very general guide to sightseeing in the Ayrshire region.


Playing golf in Ayrshire is likely to see you staying no further south than Turnberry, from where some of the nearby attractions include the impressive ruins of Caerlaverock Castle near Dumfries and Dundrennan Abbey near Kirkcudbright. Only ten minutes from Turnberry is Culzean Castle & Country Park (above) and this is well worth a visit when travelling to or from Turnberry.

And while you are likely to be far too busy playing great golf courses like Turnberry, Royal Troon, Prestwick and Western Gailes, other attractions north of Turnberry in the Troon area include Dundonald Castle & Visitor Centre in Dundonald Village, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Souter Johnnies Cottage in Kirkoswald and Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock.

You may not actually stay in Glasgow during your trip but there are plenty of sightseeing options including a visit to 13th century Bothwell Castle about ten miles southeast of Glasgow and the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. The many museums in or near Glasgow include the impressive Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride, which provides an insight into rural life in Scotland in times past. If you are looking for a distillery in the area, Glengoyne Distillery, about 14 miles north of Glasgow is an excellent option.