The Machrie



Editor Rating
Scale of 90-100

A historic inn, first opened on the Isle of Islay in the late 19th century, was converted into this stylish 47-room hotel, with whitewashed walls and slate-shingled roofs, by hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray. Reopened in August 2018, this golf resort, located at the end of a narrow lane that cuts between pastures, resembles a large farmhouse. The interior décor features black-and-white photographs of iconic golfers, abstract paintings and framed Gucci and Hermès scarves with golfing themes. The seafood-oriented restaurant and bar — called 18 because it overlooks the 18th green — is an airy, high-ceilinged space with sliding glass doors that open to a second-floor deck. The breakfast buffet is unusually lavish. Originally designed in 1891 by fabled Scottish golfer Willie Campbell and redesigned, starting in 2014, by former PGA European Tour player DJ Russell, the 18-hole golf course is routed along Laggan Bay and among the sand dunes. Russell’s redesign also included the addition of a driving range, a six-hole short track known as the Wee Course, a golf academy with five indoor hitting bays, a short-game practice area and a putting course modeled after the famous “Himalayas” at St. Andrews. The property also encompasses a 30-seat screening room, several peaceful sitting rooms with fireplaces, a small spa and a well-equipped gym. Distillery tours and fly-fishing excursions can be arranged.

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Average Mid-High Season Rates (including taxes):

Lowest Rate: Classic Room, $370; Editor's Choice: Ben Hogan Duplex Suite, $680.

The Machrie Features:
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Fitness center
  • Fly fishing
  • Golf
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa

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Learn more about The Machrie:

To learn more or call +(44) 1496-302-310. Contact Andrew Harper Travel to book this hotel as part of your next vacation.

In order to offer you the highest level of service, online booking is currently not available. Please call Andrew Harper Travel at (800) 375-4685, or contact the hotel directly, for reservations.

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