The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links
I cannot tell you how rare it is to find such a huge investment made by a world class luxury boutique hotel chain on a Scottish island. This is clear sign that Scotland has become THE place to go, and the stunning west coast islands are in very high demand. How wonderful that tourists can now explore mesmerising Islay from the comfort of a modern, slick, contemporary golf hotel where service, food and decor can genuinely compete with the standards of any hotel in any major cosmopolitan city in the world. This feels global, this feels epic.... very un-Scottish actually. But happily, the founder of this global luxury hotel chain with sister hotels in Bahrain, Malta and em, Liberia, is a fabulous forward-thinking Scot! Not that you cared what nationality the owners were, but it's nice to know the creative force behind this beauty is Scottish, if only to make us that little bit more proud! This hotel is perfection - you will love everything about it. The attention to detail is so pure. Some of the facilities include many restaurant and lounge options, a spa, small cinema room and links golf course. Imagine sitting in the patio looking out to sea with your cool glass of white wine on a sunny day. Or relaxing with an Islay whisky next to the majestic fireplace on a dreich day. PureGray is the small spa sanctuary at The Machrie that provides a wide range of mind and body treatments for your wellbeing. Reconnect with that rare feeling of peace and tranquillity. If you’re feeling energetic and want to work out the stresses of the day, head to the gym or unwind in the sauna. As well as the fabulous facilities, there’s so much to explore on Islay. Some of the best known single malt whisky distilleries in the world offer guided and expert tours and tastings. With breath-taking scenery and nature available, walking is one of the best activities to fully discover Islay's splendour. There is over 130 miles of coastline and many beaches to discover. Wander down the path at the side of the golf course, where you have access to the 7 miles of beach of Laggan Bay You can also enjoy the coastline by boat. You'll get to see seals, maybe an otter, a basking shark, or perhaps the rare white tailed sea eagles. There's trout and salmon fishing on several rivers and lochs, or perhaps you’d like to spot ‘birdies’ of a different kind with clay pigeon shooting on one of the neighbouring estates. Just so cool, i love it. I'm so excited about this one. You can fly to Islay airport from Edinburgh or Glasgow. You can get the ferry to Islay from Kennacraig on Kintyre.
- Dogs welcome at an extra charge.
- Golf course.
- Spa and sauna. (No pool).