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Machrie Hotel & Golf Links

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Port Ellen PA42 7AN, Scotland
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Machrie Hotel & Golf Links
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Visited Islay for golf on three occasions; 1999, 2001 and 2005 with a different group of friends each time. The course is indeed wonderful, although a couple of my companions objected to the blind shots. Bernard Darwin famously said that a shot is only blind the first time you play it. On one trip we played 4 days and had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Played early May 2014 - wonderful links course well maintained - millionaires golf! Unfortunately the facilities are 'in limbo' which may be reflecting in the staff's attitude - hostile is the only word we can use to describe the reception that greeted us. The rest of Isaly residents were so hospitable and welcoming so Machrie really letting the island down.... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The Machrie Golf Club has always been on my 'bucket list' so this year was the time. We knew the hotel was in rough shape so booked a local B & B (Bridgend Hotel) for one night. Played the course the next day and weren't disappointed. Had heard that there were 14 strictly blind shots so went to great lengths... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2011

Have been going to The Machrie now for 23yrs and look forward to our yearly soujourn. O.K. so it's not 5 star but the course, the staff, the scenery and the food have always been 1st class. The beds are clean and need an upgrade but as we only sleep there it really does not matter. We had already booked... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2011

I will be travelling to Islay in May 2011. I contacted a B&B for a reservation and, among other things, was informed that the hotel and golf course are in receivership. Islay Golf Club reports that the course continues to operate and maintenance continues. I have not gotten word on the hotel.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2010

We make our pilgrimage to the Machrie every year as you have there, one of the very best links golf courses in the world and that is the reason for the visit. The fact theres a hotel on the doorstep is just perfect. Hotel is not in the best repair, but the golf course has seen great improvements and tweaks... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2010

This hotel is truly awful. Rain coming in through ceiling, no hot water in hand basin, all other water in bathroom brown which I know is a problem in peaty areas but this actually had lumps in it! Huge cob webs hanging from light fittings and wallpaper hanging from walls. The whole hotel is shabby and rundown and needs LOTS... More 

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Pitlochry, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2010

We stayed at this "establishment" recently because there was nowhere else. OMG! What a disaster! And a management team that did not give a damn! Would advise ALL to give a very wide birth!!!!!!!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010

Have just returnd from Islay, having cut our holiday short. We had rented one of the self catering cottages for a week however we stayed for only one night. The hotel and cottages are badly run down. The smell of damp in the cottage was literally overwhelming. The holes in the walls, broken tiles and mildew in the bathroom, filthy... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2010

This location started as a nightmare but thanks to the incredible kindness of a BB owner and great customer service of DM Mackenzie car rental our trip was saved. No taxis were available when we got off the ferry in the rain and no buses ran at night. we were stranded. An angel saved us and drove us out to... More 

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Additional Information about Machrie Hotel & Golf Links

Address: Port Ellen PA42 7AN, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay > Port Ellen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Machrie Hotel And Golf Links
Machrie Hotel Port Ellen
Machrie Hotel Links
Machrie Hotel & Golf Links Port Ellen, Islay

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