Presidential candidate Donald Trump took time out of his election campaign to travel to Scotland to reopen his flagship Scottish hotel that includes the now newly renovated 1873 Turnberry Lighthouse that he purchased from the Northern Lighthouse Board.
The lighthouse renovation was done at the same time that the resort and golf course that adjoins the lighthouse property was rejuvenated. In April of 2014, Trump purchased the resort and golf course that had operated under the Weston brand since 1997. He then undertook a multi-million dollar renovation that involved every aspect of the 800-acre property and changed the name to Trump Turnberry Resort.
When Donald Trump heard that the lighthouse was for sale, he reportedly told his son Eric that they needed to be the ones to purchase it and turn it into a five star luxury site in conjunction with the resort and golf course. Eric Trump then appeared before the local planning board to outline their opulent renovation plans, which were subsequently approved.
Going for an attention grabbing headline, the Daily Mail.com ran with the following headline.
Never mind the election, I’ve got a hotel to run!
Donald Trump reopens his luxury Scottish resort where you can feel like a president in a $5,000-a-night lighthouse suite.
The Turnberry Lighthouse, overlooking the Firth of Clyde, offers breathtaking views across to the Isle of Arran and is actually on the grounds of the world famous Ailsa golf course. Now, the inside of the lighthouse offers one of the United Kingdom’s most spectacular presidential suites. Although the lighthouse keepers of yesteryear would be shocked to see the opulence in where they once lived, they might also wonder what it would have been like to live in such luxury.
In on-line comments about the new luxurious lighthouse, one person wrote, “He [Trump] should retire there for good.” To which another person replied, “If he was lazy, he would.”
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