For golfers wishing to combine a visit to The Machrie with courses of a similar style and calibre, there are several attractive options. To an extent, they may depend on your method of transport.
The Ayrshire coast offers no fewer than three Open Championship venues – Prestwick, Troon and Turnberry – as well as the likes of Western Gailes, Gailes Links and Dundonald.
Driving from Glasgow to catch the ferry to Islay from Kennacraig takes you past The Carrick and Loch Lomond. Continuing past Kennacraig towards the Mull of Kintyre brings you to Machrihanish and Machrihanish Dunes.
In between here and the Ayrshire coast is the Isle of Arran, home to 12-hole Shiskine.
Just to the north of Islay is Jura, where Ardfin can be found.
Finally, much closer than you might think, is Northern Ireland’s Antrim coast. Royal Portrush, which hosted the Open Championship in 2019, is the star attraction from a golfing perspective, while spectacular Portstewart is not far behind.