Ugadale Hotel at Machrihanish Dunes
Ugadale Hotel, Machrihanish Dunes, Argyll
Four-Star Hotel & Links Golf Resort. Country Location
Part of the recently developed Village at Machrihanish Dunes, the Ugadale Hotel has been returned to former glories with 22 stunning guestrooms and takes its place as the centrepiece of the resort, which also includes Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course, the Ugadale Cottages and the Royal Hotel in Campbeltown. Machrihanish has always been a great destination for golfers with the renowned Machrihanish Golf Club but the introduction of another great links course and the likes of the Ugadale Hotel just gives the visitor another reason to make the journey. There are a few ways to get here but really travelling the lengthy journey by road is the most reliable.
Great golf is only part of the story when considering what makes the perfect golf trip. Thankfully, the other essential component parts are all found in abundance in Scotland, not least in the sights to see department. Whether scheduling a day off from golf or filling an afternoon after your morning round, there are many options regardless of which region you are visiting. The below is intended as a very general guide to sightseeing in the Ayrshire region.
Playing golf in Ayrshire is likely to see you staying no further south than Turnberry, from where some of the nearby attractions include the impressive ruins of Caerlaverock Castle near Dumfries and Dundrennan Abbey near Kirkcudbright. Only ten minutes from Turnberry is Culzean Castle & Country Park (above) and this is well worth a visit when travelling to or from Turnberry.
And while you are likely to be far too busy playing great golf courses like Turnberry, Royal Troon, Prestwick and Western Gailes, other attractions north of Turnberry in the Troon area include Dundonald Castle & Visitor Centre in Dundonald Village, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Souter Johnnies Cottage in Kirkoswald and Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock.
You may not actually stay in Glasgow during your trip but there are plenty of sightseeing options including a visit to 13th century Bothwell Castle about ten miles southeast of Glasgow and the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. The many museums in or near Glasgow include the impressive Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride, which provides an insight into rural life in Scotland in times past. If you are looking for a distillery in the area, Glengoyne Distillery, about 14 miles north of Glasgow is an excellent option.