Welcome from concierge at Trump Turnberry

This morning, I met with a group of twenty-five persons on arrival at Edinburgh Airport and then escorted them on a day tour covering the following sites:

First, into Edinburgh where we undertook a brief ‘drive past’ tour of the Georgian era New Town and then down the Royal Mile in the medieval¬† Old Town.

George Street, New Town, Edinburgh.

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Next, past the Scottish Parliament and Palace of Holyroodhouse and on to Glenkinchie Distillery, about 30 minutes south of Edinburgh.

Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

Glenkinchie Distillery, Scotland

Next, a drive of about 15 minutes back towards Edinburgh and Craigmillar Castle where we spent about 1 hour exploring this restored ruin affording good views of Edinburgh to the north.

Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

View of Edinburgh from Craigmillar Castle, Scotland

Next, west to Glasgow and then south along the coast to Turnberry, a pleasant spot on the coast which is famous for it’s golf courses.

En-route to Turnberry we were able to view the snow-capped mountains on Isle of Arran to the west. We also encountered the Electric Brae, an optical illusion. This very short video clip shows the coach apparently going uphill backwards whilst not in gear.

Electric Brae

Offshore to the west we were able to see the ancient volcanic island of Ailsa Craig which is a principal source of raw material for manufacture of curling stones.

Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde

We also drove through the village of Alloway and the birthplace of Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Poet.

Birthplace of Robert Burns, Alloway

View west from Trump Turnberry with Isle of Arran in distance.

On arrival at Turnberry guests were deposited at Trump Turnberry at conclusion of the tour.

Trump Turnberry

Weather today was cold but clear with lots of sunshine.

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