Set into Islay’s magnificent dunes (there’s good reason for the Isle’s ‘Queen of the Hebrides’ monniker), The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links enjoys an enviable location, nestled beside seven miles of pristine Inner Hebrides beach.
Re-opened in late summer 2018 after a complete renovation and expansion, The Machrie now boasts 47 beautifully designed suites and lodges, some with their own outdoor terraces and views across Laggan Bay. But it’s the dramatic and wild scenery that has served as the main draw for golfers since 1891. The course combines the very best of a historic links from a previous age, with a modern slant. The need for thought, imagination and creative shot-making has not changed throughout the years and carries as much of a premium over sheer power now, as it did back then.
Oh, just a reminder, where top-flight golf awaits, Islay is famously home to eight whisky distilleries, too – all of which run tours. Ardbeg is a must.