The Machrie – Isle of Islay, Argyll
What a spectacular setting for a few rounds of golf, right by the dunes on the Isle of Islay. This magnificent hotel was given a top-to-toe refresh two years ago and now has 47 clean-lined contemporary rooms, suites and lodges (the latter are adjacent to the main building on the edge of the golf course and come with an open-plan living and dining area – perfect for those who prefer to self-cater). The acclaimed course was designed by Willie Campbell, later modernised by former European Ryder Cup vice captain D J Russell; there’s also the six-hole, par-three Wee course, an all-weather, five-bay driving range and an indoor golf studio with a simulator that analyses swing. When it comes to downtime, there are three lovely lounges to relax in, plus the PureGray spa. Start the evening with sundowners on the terrace of the 18 Restaurant & Bar – it has beautiful panoramic views across the green to Laggan Bay – before tucking into delicious comfort food classics such as double-baked Isle of Mull cheddar cheese soufflé and Islay Ale beef, mushroom and bacon pie.
Doubles from £145
+44(0) 1496 302310; campbellgrayhotels.com
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