Machrihanish Dunes


Machrihanish Dunes Golf Resort, Machrihanish, Argyll

Founded 2009. Links Course

The centrepiece of the Village at Machrihanish Dunes, which includes the Ugadale Hotel and the Royal Hotel in nearby Campbeltown, Machrihanish Dunes was designed by David McLay Kidd and opened for play in 2009. Machrihanish Golf Club has always been one of Scotland’s best links but the emergence of Machrihanish Dunes gives the visitor an extra incentive to make the journey. There are a variety of ways to get here but the most reliable method is by road and the 3 hours, 30 minutes journey from Glasgow is worth every minute. The layout flows effortlessly along the sea and takes you back in time to the days when Old Tom Morris laid out the neighbouring links and Willie Campbell plotted the Machrie Golf Links on nearby Islay. With the Atlantic providing a dramatic backdrop, the ever-changing links land at Machrihanish Dunes gives you a rare opportunity to create and craft golf shots you might never have imagined playing before.

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Sightseeing & Tourist Attractions in Scotland

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.