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Golf Courses in the Southwest of Scotland

Scotland Golf Courses in the southwest

On The Island of Arran

On the Peninsula of Kintyre
On the Island of Islay

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Accommodations for Scotland Golf in the Southwest

Doing a Ramble
Because of their remoteness and the need to use ferry boats to gain access (an advantage to the Independent Golfer in few tourists and low green fees) there is not a convenient Hub you can use for a week. Rather, I recommend "rambling", staying 2-3 days in one place and 2-3 days in another. This strategy enables you to play the best Scotland golf courses two, three or even more times, which they certainly deserve.

Though spread apart, many Scotland Golf courses in the Islands of the Southwest are exceptional for their beauty, the quality of play and the reasonableness of green fee prices.

Bases for Rambling
Three are three "bases" that lend themselves to 2-3 night stays and offer access to the best of this region's courses:

  • The Kintyre Peninsula - This is the home of the Machrihanish Golf Course, simply one of the best links courses in the world. You have to play this course in your lifetime!
  • The Island of Arran - A weekend and summer vacation destination popular among Scots and indeed folks from all over Great Britain. This small island boasts seven golf courses, at least three of which certainly deserve play when you visit.
  • The Island of Islay - The single Scotland golf course that makes the trip to Islay worth while is the Machrie Hotel Course, one of the most remote, unspoiled and classic links courses you will ever play

Sources for Multiple Listings of Accommodations
Islay Info: A source of much information about the Isle of Islay, including accommodations, whiskey tours, and golf.

Bed & Breakfasts and Guest Houses for Scotland Golf In the Southwest

A. Dalnaspidal Guest House: 5 star luxury at affordable prices. Spectacular rural setting with magnificent sea and countryside views only 15 minutes from Machrihanish. Free shuttle service. Traditional Scottish cuisine. PGA recommended.
B. Redknowe Bed & Breakfast: On Kintyre near Campbeltown, a lovely red stone, 125-year-old B&B just a 5-minute drive from the Machrihanish Golf Course. TV and tea/coffee making facilities in all the rooms.
C. Lambeth Guest House: On the Island of Islay, a 4-bedroom Guest House on Bowmore just a 10 minuet drive from the Machrie Golf Course.

Hotels for Scotland Golf In the Southwest

D. Blackwaterfoot Lodge: On the Island of Arran, a late Victorian hotel near the Blackwaterfoot Harbor and five minutes from the Shiskine Golf Course. Bistro style restaurant serving freshly cooked gourmet dinners.
E. Machrie Hotel: On the Island of Islay, you sleep 30 yards from the first tee on the wonderful Machrie Golf Course. Restaurant staff serves dishes that offer the traditional flavors of the Highlands, with a slight modern twist.
F. The Hunting Lodge Putechan: in spectacular position on the Atlantic shore. 10 minutes drive from Machrihanish. Award winning whisky bar. Excellent restaurant with panoramic views of the sun setting over Islay.
G. Seafield Hotel: In Campbeltown on Kintyre, this family-run hotel is located on the shores of Campbeltown Loch and only 4 minutes walk from the town center. the Machrihanish Golf course is only 10 minutes drive away.

Self-Catering Cottages and Apartments for Scotland Golf in the Southwest

H. Arran HideAways: A central source for a wide selection of Self-Catering establishments on the Island of Arran. Also lists a number of Bed and Breakfast places. Offers access to the "Arran Golf Pass" and discounts on Island attractions.
I. 23 Hamilton Terrace: On the Island of Arran, this recently refurbished cozy cottage is near the Lamlish Golf Course and can accommodate up to four people comfortably.
J. Four Winds: On the Island of Islay, this former coastguard station on the most westerly point of Islay offers an unusual retreat from which you have easy access to the Machrie Golf course.


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