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The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links

Whether you’re just looking to explore this stunning island, home to some of the world’s finest whiskies, birdlife, seafood and dramatic coastal seascapes, or you’re taking on the challenge of their championship links golf course, The Machrie will be the perfect place to explore this picturesque island.

An 18th century converted farmhouse, The Machrie boasts 47 stylish rooms, suites and lodges. Each room has been tastefully decorated, many with fabulous views over the fairway towards the ocean.

Dining options include the restaurant and bar, 18, located on the first floor of the hotel with outdoor terrace, panoramic views whilst a private dining room will appeal to those looking for a more intimate dining experience. Facilities include a 30-seat cinema; function room ideal for board meetings and private dinners and boutique health and wellness facilities – PureGray Spa & Gym – offering a range of massages, facials, manicures and pedicures; sauna and 24hr gym.

Conveniently located alongside 7 miles of pristine beach, guests can enjoy picnics, long walks, beach games and private fitness sessions, all accessed by the hotels private footpath. .

Set in the dunes of Islay, Queen of the Hebrides, The Machrie Links is one of the most beautiful locations in world golf. Originally designed in 1891 by Willie Campbell, the course has now been fully modernised by D J Russell, the former European Ryder Cup Vice Captain and PGA tour player.

There is a reason why the Scots invented golf on links land, Machrie land, and the links turf on which the course sits is among the finest in Scotland. The dramatic setting of Laggan Bay and the sand dunes has few equals, and with the ever changing nature of the challenge offered by this acclaimed layout it’s time you played the Machrie!

What makes a stay at The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links unique?

The hotel offers guests the perfect place to meet and relax including, 18, the impressive restaurant with panoramic views of the Links and ocean.

The friendly, attentive staff offer a wealth of knowledge on what to see and do to ensure you have a magical time and can't wait to return to explore it all again.

With 9 whisky distilleries on the island offering some of the finest Scottish malts, no trip to Islay is complete without a visit to experience the whisky process ... not forgetting to sample a few !

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links?

The Machrie offers 47 rooms, suites and lodges. There are 39 rooms in the main hotel and 4 lodge suites that can connect with 4 lodge rooms located adjacent to the hotel. Deluxe, executive and lodge accommodation are also available as twins on request.

All rooms and suites are decorated in a Scot-Scandi style with fresh tones and rich, textured fabrics. All rooms offer fabulous views of the surrounding countryside with many with views out of the golf course and Atlantic Ocean.

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Isle of Islay area?

The Isle of Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Southern Hebrides of Scotland and lies in Argyll and Bute. The Isle of Jura, the Kintyre peninsula and Northern Ireland are Islay's neighbours.

There are many things to see and do besides visiting the distilleries and enjoying the scenery and wildlife. Golf, cycling, fishing and hillwalking are only a few of the many possible activities you can do. Several annual festivals on the island attract many visitors, especially the Islay Festival of Malt and Music, which is held in May. Other festivals are the Islay Jazz Festival, the Rugby Festival and the Cantilena festival.

There are several remarkable hand craft businesses on Islay. The Persabus Pottery, Islay Woollen Mill and Islay Quilters should be on every visitor's itinerary. Some of these handcraft businesses can be found in Islay House Square, Islay Ales is one of them, and is Islay's only Brewery. Islay offers many wonderful and quiet sandy beaches all around the island, some more suitable for swimming than others. Most beaches on the shores of Loch Indaal and Laggan Bay are safe for swimming, but it's always best to check for currents, tides and weather before dashing off into the sea. The Atlantic west coast of Islay is particularly beautiful because of stunning bays at Machir, Saligo and Sanaigmore. Islay also offers some of the most impressive sunsets and you have the perfect view from The Machrie's restaurant and terrace or down on the beach. Interesting and beautiful villages like historic Port Charlotte, Bowmore with its Round Church, Port Ellen and Portnahaven will make your stay complete. Also not to be missed is the Museum of Islay Life where the visitor gets a good impression of Island life in earlier and historic times.

The scenery, the wildlife, the coastline, one of the finest Links courses in the world, coupled with the people, makes The Machrie the perfect spot from which to explore the Isles of Scotland’s west coast.

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

Overlooking the 18th green of the Championship Links course and the ocean beyond, 18 is a stunning restaurant & bar.
Located on the first floor of the hotel, this impressive restaurant has a vaulted glass ceiling and an outdoor terrace offering panoramic south westerly views over the Links and down to Laggan Bay. You can gaze over the crystal blue sea from the terrace, the perfect place to sit for dinner or to enjoy a sunset with a fine Islay malt.

18 specialises in the finest that Scotland has to offer from the land, the sea and the air; a real showcase of exquisite cuisine. The passionate chefs have created menus offering simple yet exquisite dishes, using all the very best produce which can be sourced locally.

The Stag Lounge, with picture window from ceiling to floor, is perfect to meet with friends for coffee, catch-up over afternoon tea or enjoy a perfect service gin before or after dinner. The Courtyard Lounge on the ground floor is ideal for planning the day ahead and relax to catch up on the news. Both lounges have fabulous log fires, perfect for heating your toes after a fresh winter walk with a soothing hot chocolate.

Other Information

Golf at The Machrie offers enjoyment and a challenge for golfers of all abilities and age and along with the stunning 18-hole Links, there is also the Wee course, which offers six par-3 holes which can be played from a multitude of tees, a 5-bay covered driving range, short game area and the spectacular Hebrides putting course.

The PureGray Spa offers two treatment rooms offering a wide range of beauty treatments by 'Ishga'. The Western Isles have some of the cleanest waters in the world where Ishga products sustainably hand harvest the seaweed to produce 100% organic ingredient for their skincare range. Scientific tests have shown that Hebridean seaweed contains natural anti-oxidants that have anti-ageing properties which help protect the skin. Guests have complimentary use of the sauna and 24hr gym during their stay.

Top facilities

Free WiFi

Breakfast included

Free parking


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Facilities & information


18th century buildings

Breakfast included

Parking (free)

Child friendly

Dog/Pet friendly

Full Board available

4 Star Official Rating



Free broadband access (wifi)

Private/enclosed garden

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture



Children's cots

Activities, Recreations, Games, Sports

Bars, Cafes & Other

Conference & Meetings

Bathroom & Laundry

Children's highchairs

Civil Licences


DVD library

Heli-pads, Private Airfields

Luggage storage


Airport transfers

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Room Service & Food/Drink

Sitting room

Security lockers

Hair dryers


Central heating

Open log fire

Bicycle storage




Horse Riding, Equestrian

Jogging, running

Shooting, Clay Shooting, Stalking

Beach (walking distance)

Pub (a short drive)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses

Golf course (walking distance)

Tennis courts (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)



Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)


Picnic area


Extra info

Nearest Airport: Islay Airport

Nearest Airport Time: 10 minutes

Nearest Airport Distance (in miles): 2

Nearest Train Station: no trains on Islay

Open Times: All Day

Dinner Available: Yes

Dinner Price From: £35.00

Room Details: Classic Double, Deluxe Double or Twin, Lodge Double,, Executive Double or Twin, Islay Room, Hogan Suite, Lodge Suite

Star Rating: 4

Amex: Yes

Mastercard: Yes

MaestroSwitch: Yes

Visa: Yes

Number of rooms: 47

Single room price from: £135.00

Single room price to: £295.00

Double twin room price from: £145.00

Double twin room price to: £305.00

Suite room price from: £315.00

Suite room price to: £515.00

Arrival information and directions

Address: Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll, Isle of IslayPA42 7AN, United Kingdom

Getting to Islay has never been easier !

The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links is located on the Isle of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland and is accessible via ferry or short flight, or some guests arrive by helicopter, private plane or boat charter.

Car & Ferry

Travelling from Glasgow by car, you take the picturesque route through the Mull of Kintyre to Kennacraig which takes about 2½ hours. You leave Kennacraig on a Calmac Ferry to Port Askaig or Port Ellen which takes about 2 hours. If you wish to leave your car in Kennacraig, you can travel as a a foot passenger for less than £7 each way. Complimentary transfers are available from both Islay ferry ports to The Machrie. Bringing you car is less than £35 each way. Advance bookings for your car are advisable. You can book online at Calmac also operate a ferry from Islay to Oban on a Wednesday and Saturday.

Linking Islay and to Northern Ireland

Kintyre Express is a fast passenger ferry service that links up Islay and Northern Ireland This service runs from April to September that link Ballycastle on the Antrim Coast and Port Ellen on the Isle of Islay allowing you to play Royal Portrush, Portstewart , Castle Rock, Ballyliffin and explore Northern Ireland.

By air

Loganair manage the Glasgow-Islay service twice daily increasing to 3 times a day in the summer. For information on flight times and to book visit

Private charters are available with The Little Jet Company. For more information visit

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