The Machrie – Isle of Islay, Argyll

By CTH Editors

1 year ago

What a spectacular setting, right by the dunes on the Isle of Islay. The Machrie has 47 clean-lined contemporary rooms, suites and lodges (the latter come with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area). There’s a championship golf course designed by former European Ryder Cup vice-captain DJ Russell, e-bikes for exploring and scenic coastal pathways on the doorstep leading to beaches or the hills. The hotel can arrange fishing trips and guided sea kayaking to spot seals, puffins, and other wildlife. For downtime, massages and facial treatments are available, and three cosy lounges provide the perfect retreat. Start the evening with a fine Islay malt whisky on 18 Restaurant & Bar’s terrace – with panoramic views across the green to the Atlantic Ocean – before tucking into dishes from the new ‘Essence of Islay’ tasting experience, which celebrates Scotland’s natural larder, such as Loch Gruinart Oysters paired with an Islay Ales stout reduction and foraged seaweed crumb. Just a 25-minute flight from Glasgow or two hours by ferry from Kennacraig, Islay is accessible yet feels perfectly remote. The Machrie offers outstanding sea views and so much to explore on the island.

Doubles from £202

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Lounge with wide windows and colourful furnishings