As world leaders flocked to Scotland for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scots walked the streets of Glasgow and Edinburgh to spot US President Joe Biden and the presidential motorcade carrying his entourage.
On Monday, Edinburgh residents were shocked to see the motorcade and President Biden’s car, known as ‘The Beast’, stop at a petrol station on Calder Road to refuel .
Stunned motorists as US President Joe Biden’s car pulls up at Edinburgh gas station …
But where did President Biden stay in Scotland during the COP26 conference?
Here’s where President Biden stayed during his visit to Scotland for COP26 – and why the president didn’t stay during the entire climate summit.
Where did President Biden stay for COP26?
Like many delegates, diplomats and world leaders visiting Scotland for the UN COP26 summit, the US president did not stay in the host city of Glasgow – which has seen a housing shortage and rent increases of 400% closer to the conference. .
The President’s motorcade was spotted at several locations in Edinburgh after President Biden arrived in Scotland aboard the presidential plane, Air Force One, on Monday morning after the G20 summit in Rome.
It has been revealed that during COP26, President Biden will be staying at a four-star luxury hotel, the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in the village of West Lothian in Kirknewton.
The Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club was built as a ‘Scottish baronial manor’ in 1725, according to its website, where it describes itself as ‘the Edinburgh countryside retreat’ and a ‘celebration of Scottish heritage’.
Its proximity to Edinburgh Airport and the city center on the A71 also means that it is close to the M8 motorway, which the presidential motorcade took to Glasgow during COP26.
How much could Biden’s stay at the Edinburgh country hotel cost?
Rooms at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club range from over Â£ 100 per night for a standard double room to over Â£ 2,000 per night for a stay in the luxurious Turret Master Suite.
As one of the most powerful and important rulers in the world, the President himself stayed in the Morton Suite living room, once inhabited by Lord Dalmahoy himself, George Dalrymple.
According to the Dalmahoy Hotel’s website, âThe historic suite features an elegantly decorated master bedroom, an office area, and a separate living room with a sofa bed. There is an additional corner bathroom for the second bedroom with superb views over the surrounding countryside.
“The large king-size bed, espresso machine and turndown service add to its feeling of prestige.”
Meanwhile, the master and junior suites at the Dalmahoy Hotel, which can cost up to Â£ 2,588 per night, including breakfast and dinner.
The strong security presence on the site was duly felt by other hotel guests – a Dalmahoy Hotel insider told Edinburgh Live that a wine cellar had been converted into a ‘hotspot’ for monitoring the lands of Dalmahoy.
How long did President Biden stay in Scotland for COP26?
After his three-day aerial visit to Rome to meet the Pope at the Vatican and join other world leaders at the G20 summit, President Biden officially arrived in Scotland on Monday.
But he left Edinburgh airport around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, marking the end of his two-day climate summit flight.
“Let this be the time when we answer the call of history here in Glasgow,” the President said on Monday.
âMay this be the start of a decade of transformative actions that preserve our planet and improve the quality of life for people around the world. “
President Biden’s team also revealed the sights of Scotland he saw during his brief stay in the country for COP26.
BBC reporter and presenter Jon Sopel tweeted: “From the White House Pool Report on the @POTUS trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow:
“At one point, while we were still on smaller country roads, a tall, naked Scotsman stood outside his window taking a picture of the procession with his phone.”
“Welcome to Scotland, Mr. President”
The President also met Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon on his last night in Scotland, with Ms Sturgeon revealing that the President offered Scotland a bowl before returning to the United States.