The Royal Hotel , Campbeltown, Machrihanish – 4 Star
The Crown of Campbeltown.
A mere 5 miles from Machrihanish in the heart of Campbeltown, The Royal Hotel makes the most of its premier location overlooking Campbeltown Harbour. Guests at The Royal Hotel in Campbeltown enjoy unforgettable views of the harbour area, with its stone piers and scenic walkways. Within the hotel, you’ll find all the contemporary conveniences and amenities you’d expect in a modern luxury accommodation, set in surroundings steeped in old-world elegance. In addition to its 23 sumptuously appointed guest rooms, The Royal is also home to The Black Sheep Pub and the elegant Harbourview Grille, which is sure to become recognised as one of the finest dining establishments in all of Kintyre. Shuttle service is available for guests who wish to stay “in town” but fancy a visit to The Ugadale Hotel and Cottages, Kintyre Club Restaurant, Serenity Spa, The Old Clubhouse Pub or the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club.
The Superior Rooms pay homage to the Royal Hotel’s rich history of luxury accommodation, with all the modern-day amenities for the most discerning traveler. Views of bustling Campbeltown Harbour will delight you, while a deep brown palette with blue accents and rich walnut wood furnishings welcome you into these spacious enclaves. Each features a flat screen HD television and cozy seating area. Several rooms feature a fireplace and most offer a spacious bath tub as well as shower. Available in super king, regular king and twin bed configurations.
The Classic Rooms at the Royal Hotel provide a cozy retreat for any traveler. Deep brown and black colors are highlighted with blue accents and satin nickel finishes. Outfitted with a regular king bed and flat screen HD television, the Classic Room will be a welcome sight after a day out on the links at Machrihanish Dunes or exploring around Kintyre. Views of the activity in Campbeltown Harbour complete this tranquil space.
All of the rooms at The Royal Hotel have an enviable list of amenities that include:
- High-speed Wi-Fi internet access
- Flat-screen HD TV’s
- Out of Eden toiletries
- Iron, hairdryer, safe
- Access to the Fitness Centre at The Ugadale Hotel
- Spa services at Serenity Spa at The Ugadale Hotel
- Discounted green fees at Machrihanish Dunes and neighbouring Machrihanish GC
- Guest dining privileges in The Kintyre Club
- Shuttle service to The Ugadale Hotel, Machrihanish Dunes and the Campbeltown Airport
The Heart of Links
Nowhere else can a golfer play six of the world’s top 100 courses (Machrihanish, Turnberry, Royal Troon and Royal Prestwick in Ayrshire and Portstewart and Royal Portrush in Ireland) and a few of the hidden gems (including The Machrie, Western Gailes and Shiskine), in a matter of days, and still enjoy the same accommodation each night.
From your home base at The Village at Machrihanish Dunes you can enjoy easy access to world-renowned links courses of The Kintyre Peninsula, Isle of Islay, Isle of Arran, Ayrshire and Northern Ireland for a links golf vacation unlike any other.
Our neighbor, Machrihanish Golf Club, was laid out by Old Tom Morris himself in 1879 and has long been regarded as one of the finest links courses in the world (a perennial Top-100 course currently ranked 39th of Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses Outside the U.S.) and is always on the “short list” of serious golfers worldwide. Machrihanish Golf Club is known among other things for arguably having “the best opening shot in golf.” The first tee teeters on the edge of the mighty Atlantic Ocean and dares golfers to bite off as much of the corner of the Atlantic as they can stomach to a fairway that runs adjacent to the beach.
Machrihanish Golf Club is a joy to play and usually very quiet, allowing the visitor to relish the ups and downs of the fairways and the tussle with undulating greens. There are also arresting views across to the islands of Jura and Islay, which provide a delightful backdrop on an idyllic summer’s day with the firm Machrihanish turf underfoot, the majesty of the dunes, and wheeling seabirds providing the only sound.
It is a varied test for the competent golfer; the layout is not just a predictable nine out, and nine back. Some of its more memorable holes – in addition to the 1st – are the 5th, another par 4 with its fairway like an elephant’s graveyard, the 7th, with its blind second shot up and over the corner of a towering dune, the 10th, a clever dogleg par 5 and the 15th, a one-shotter that becomes quite difficult if the elusive green is missed from the tee.
Dunaverty Golf Club is located just 15 minutes south of Machrihanish in Southend. The course occupies a stunning setting on the south coast of the Kintyre peninsula overlooking Sanda Island to the south, Ailsa Craig and Ayrshire to the east and Northern Ireland to the southwest. The course is a fun, 18-hole, par-66, natural links course with jaw-dropping views and a great mix of golf holes that will be enjoyed by both low and high handicappers alike.
ISLE OF ISLAY
Located just off the coast of the Kintyre Peninsula, the island of Islay (pronounce Eye-la) is probably best known for its famed whisky distilleries, which include the likes of Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin,Bowmore Distillery, Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain, but it may be the links course at The Machrie that is Islay’s greatest feature.
Set in the dunes of Islay and designed in 1891 by Willie Campbell, The Machrie is an 18-hole traditional Scottish links that Planet Golfrates as a strong candidate to join its list of the Top 100 courses on Earth. The magnificent Laggan Bay is one of the most beautiful locations in world golf, but true links golf lovers will be more interested in the golf course than anything else. Although the yardage is not long by modern standards, holes vary in length according to the strength and direction of the wind and feature a number of blind shots that will test both your nerve and imagination.