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Episode 95: Machrihanish Golf Club – Scotland’s Ultimate Golf Experience?

Ru & Graylyn discuss the wonderful golf on offer at Machrihanish on the remote southwest of Scotland.

It won’t be the first or second trip to Scotland that will take you to Machrihanish but for anyone with an affection for Scottish links golf, promise me you get there one day!?

Golf travel of course is so very subjective but for me the very essence of golf is encapsulated in the remote rugged dunes of Machrihanish Golf Club. As I outline on the episode I couldn’t help walk off the 18th green feeling like many of my favourite Scottish golf courses blended into one truly memorable round of golf. From the wild rugged dunes I first witnessed as a young lad growing up with my Dad at Cruden Bay and more recently at Fraserburgh Golf Club to the isolation and charm of Royal Dornoch and Brora. Perhaps it was the overriding emotion that overwhelmed me in the same way it seems to do every time I walk of North Berwick’s 18th green or the sense of pilgrimage a golfer feels when visiting St Andrews and paying homage to the great Old Tom Morris. I’m not sure what it was but it will stay with me forever.

How to get there?

By road:

By plane:
Flybe operates flights twice daily Monday thru Friday and once on Sundays between Glasgow and Machrihanish with a flight time of just 25 minutes from take off to touch down (view flight schedules).
Tel: +44 (0)1392 268529

By ferry:
The Kintyre Express
Hop aboard one of The Kintyre Express’ two luxury high-speed boats that offer regularly scheduled ferry service as well as private charters to and from Campbeltown, Troon, Turnberry, Ballycastle, and more. The Kintyre Express also offers regularly scheduled ferry service between Campbeltown and Ballycastle that will have you in Northern Ireland in an hour and a half flat and ready to tee off at Royal Portrush or Portstewart and still be back in time for dinner.
Tel: +44 (0)1586 555895

Caledonian MacBrayne
CalMac offers commercial ferry service for larger groups travelling from Islay (Port Ellen) and Ardrossan (route requires short drive to Arran port, then ferry on to Claonaig). These large ships provide space for 62 cars and over 600 passengers and offer special hospitality packages for groups of 12 or more.
Tel: +44 (0)1475 650355

Stay & play at Machrihanish Dunes

Ugadale Cottages:

For more on guest Dan Miller visit his website:



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