The Ugadale Hotel , Machrihanish – 4 Star
Iconic Elegance Returns to Machrihanish.
Once regarded as the pinnacle of luxury accommodation in the west of Scotland, The Ugadale Hotel has been restored to its former glory and now serves as the centerpiece of The Village at Machrihanish Dunes. In its heyday, The Ugadale Hotel regularly welcomed captains of industry and their families, who descended on Machrihanish for summer holidays with their steamer trunks and visions of relaxing times on the beach and golf links. Today, twenty-two stunning guest rooms and suites are finished to the highest standard and pamper guests in an atmosphere of casual elegance combined with modern amenities, historic charm and unmatched natural beauty.
Imagine waking up in the morning to views of the sparkling Atlantic and the Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura out your window, enjoying a hearty Scottish breakfast, and then making your way to the first tee or enjoying a soothing spa treatment – or setting off on some other worthy adventure. From your home base at The Ugadale, all the beauty and rejuvenating activities that define the Kintyre peninsula will be but moments from your door.
And when it’s time to kick back, the hotel will please even the most discriminating visitor with its warm and inviting restaurant and pub in a private club setting, The Kintyre Club. After your dinner and a wee dram to cap things off, you’ll be quite sure that life cannot get any better than this.
In addition to its dining and spa facilities for guests, The Ugadale Hotel serves as an ideal venue for corporate events, private parties, wedding receptions and other kinds of get-together’s.
The Superior Rooms at The Ugadale Hotel are spacious and comfortable. These finely-appointed spaces feature rich walnut wood and antique brass highlights, along with traditional Scottish touches. Each superior room includes a cozy seating area, writing desk, and flat screen HD television and is available in super king, regular king and twin bed configurations. All rooms feature showers and most include bath tubs all with fine finishes and materials. Some rooms include mini-bars and all enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and famed first tee of Machrihanish Golf Club.
Modern amenities meet classic Scottish elegance in the Suites at The Ugadale Hotel. These large, open-concept rooms have been finished to the highest standard and feature ample sleeping area with king bed and the added luxury of a comfortable living room and sitting area. Other amenities include shower and bathtub, writing desk, generous wardrobe space, flat screen HD television and mini-bar. The Suites offer commanding views of the Atlantic Ocean and famed first tee of Machrihanish Golf Club.
The Classic Rooms at The Ugadale Hotel greet you in warm tones of deep red and brown infused with rich walnut wood and traditional Scottish touches. Each includes a writing desk, flat screen HD television and king or double bed. The classic rooms feature shower baths with fine finishes and materials. Rooms feature excellent views of the verdant hillsides that are a hallmark of the picturesque Mull of Kintyre.
All of the rooms at The Ugadale 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
- Spa services at Serenity Spa
- Discounted green fees at Machrihanish Dunes and neighbouring Machrihanish GC
- Guest dining privileges in The Kintyre Club
- Shuttle service to The Royal 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.