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Machrihanish

(4.2/5 based on 120+ reviews for 3 attractions)
Things to do: golf, spas
Machrihanish is a village in Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland. It is north of the tip of the Mull of Kintyre, which faces out towards Ireland and the Atlantic. Machrihanish has a classic links golf course designed by Old Tom Morris and described by many as the defining links course in Scotland. According to one survey it has the best opening golf hole in the world, which boasts stunning views towards the islands of Gigha, Islay and Jura. A second, newer course has been built nearby called Machrihanish Dunes, and has won awards for its environmentally-sympathetic design. This course is part of a multi-million pound development by an American company, which has renovated the previously-dilapidated Ugadale Hotel in the village and owns the Royal Hotel on the sea front in nearby Campbeltown.The main sandy beach runs 3 miles north to Westport, providing opportunities for surfing. Basic accommodation is available for surfing groups in the Machrihanish village hall. There are static caravans, wooden wigwams and camping spaces at the Machrihanish Holiday Park. The Kintyre Way long distance footpath passes through the village from Campbeltown and carries on south towards the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Largiebaan Reserve.Campbeltown Airport, formerly RAF Machrihanish is located near the village. Although still available to the Royal Air Force, the former airfield has been taken over by the especially-formed Machrihanish Airbase Community Company.
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