July 12, 2024

Places To Visit While Staying at the Turnberry Resort

If travelling to beautiful and historic places with mesmerising landscapes is on your mind right now, then Turnberry Resort in Scotland might be the right choice for you. It is located on the Firth of Clyde in Ayrshire, southwest Scotland famous for its incredible coastal view with a lighthouse. Here are some things anyone visiting this resort should know.

About the Resort

This golf resort has three links golf courses you can play on and a century-old five-star hotel in addition to some cottage and lodge accommodations. Moreover, if you are interested in taking up some golf classes, you can enrol in Turnberry Resort golf academy. 

This golf resort and its course have been popular since the first day. The creators made the course accessible and near the railway in Ayrshire. You will be able to locate the resort on the A719 just north of the A77 from Glasgow to Stranraer, near the Firth of Clyde. Turnberry hosted many different golfing events such as the 1977 Open Championship, Senior Open Champ, Women’s British Open and Walker Cup. 

John Fielding / Turnberry Golf Course – cropped

Turnberry Castle & the Lighthouse

One of the most famous landmarks of the area is Turnberry Castle, located on the coast of Kirkoswald parish. This fragmentary ruin once a castle was the seat of the Earls of Carrick and is situated right next to the Turnberry Golf Course. The severe weather conditions, erosion, and sea had a destructive effect on the castle. However, even though the fortress is now in ruins, the old buildings are still a beautiful landmark surrounded by the sea. 

While sightseeing around the area, you will also have the opportunity to see a lighthouse built-in 1873. Unlike the castle, the lighthouse still stands firm with its 24 metres. There are 76 steps to the top of Turnberry’s oldest human-made structure. 

Fun fact: The first light beam shooting from this lighthouse on 30 August 1878 blinked every 12 seconds towards the sea and was automated later in 1986.

Ian Dick from Glasgow, UK, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons – cropped

Turnberry Castle: The Origin Story

Even though the Turnberry castle’s origin story cannot be traced precisely, as there are no records of who built it; still, it is known that this fortress was a stronghold of the Lords of Galloway. Afterwards, near the beginning of the 13th century, it came into the possession of the Earls of Carrick, and by the end of the century, the owner of the castle was Marjorie, the Countess of Carrick. There is even a legend that she held a knight by the name of Robert de Brus captive, forcing him to agree to marry her. Their son “Robert the Bruce”, also known as the King of Scots, was the fortress’s next owner.