I just got back from Machrihanish and wanted to add my praise for the accommodations, golf and people associated with Machrihanish Dunes. I have been a member at Machrihanish Golf Club for 20 years and love it dearly. Over the years I and my guests have stayed pretty much everywhere in the Campeltown hotels and the Machrihanish B&B's. This year I went over with three guests. We spent the first two nights in a Ugadale cottage which was wonderful then moved to the Royal Hotel. The whole experience could not have been better. The cottage at Ugadale was spacious and the the staff was so helpful and friendly. It's a wonderful breakfast- where you start with helping yourself to a continental bar with coffee and the best croissants among other things. Then order from the menu. The van and exceptional drivers (thanks Billy and Andrew) took us around to town for dinner as well as Machrihanish Dunes when we wanted to go. The Royal Hotel was exceptional too and we loved the contrast between staying in the village of Machrihanish and then moving into town.
I have played the Dunes several times since it opened and I was wonderfully surprised this year at how much it has improved in playability. We played it twice and truly enjoyed the course but my heart will always be at Machrihanish Golf Club. I love the Club's staff and especially the membership. You really should have caddies if you want to enjoy the course, history and experience. Plus they will shave eight shots off your round through local knowledge.
Some places to go would include Seafeld House in Campbeltown which has new attentive ownership. The food was wonderful, the pints are generous (Belhave and Caledonian are my favorites) and probably the widest selection of scotches in the country. If you like Indian food, we have always frequented Taj Mahal on the waterfront across from the Information Center. The bars in Campbeltown are a treat- love the Commercial and this year we "discovered" Burnside- another pub right around the corner. (The bar at the Royal is great as is the bar at Ugadale that was originally the Beachcomber.)
You also need to take the tour of the Springbank distillery. This year we had a special tour with Frank McHardy that included a luncheon and touring all three distilleries then ending with some sampling.
So salutes to Ugadale, the Dunes and the Golf Club and the wonderful people on the Mull of Kintyre. Last comment- you can fly to Campbeltown but if driving on the left side of the road doesn't scare you- it is so Beautiful going through "Rest and Be Thankful", around Loch Fyne and down through Tarbert. Have fun!
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- The Village at Machrihanish Dunes, consisting of Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages and The Old Clubhouse Pub, coupled with The Royal Hotel in nearby Campbeltown, offers you a golf destination rivaling the finest in the world. ... more less
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