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Your journey to The Machrie

Your Hebridean  journey by ferry is the best way to clear away the cobwebs. The picturesque drive from Glasgow to the ferry terminal at Kennacraig takes you past Loch Lomond and if you don’t stop for oysters and sea food at Loch Fyne will take you approximately two and a half hours.   You could even leave your car at Kennacraig and travel as a foot passenger as transfers from the Islay ferry terminals can be arranged.

For those impatient to get to the first tee, the flight from Glasgow is 25 minutes and the airport is 10 minutes from the Machrie Hotel.

Details of your travel options are set out below. 

By Car & Ferry

At the Kennacraig ferry port, there are sailings to Port Askaig or Port Ellen on Islay which takes two hours. You can travel as a foot passenger for less than £7 each way and we can arrange transfers to and from the ferry ports – charges apply. Bringing your car can be less than £35 each way. Advance booking for your car is advisable.

For more information on ferry timetables – click here.

Calmac also operates a ferry from Oban to Islay on a Wednesday and a Saturday.

By Air

Loganair manage the Glasgow to Islay service with flights available on a daily basis. For the latest information on flights and to book visit The airfield is close to The Machrie and transfers to the hotel can be arranged.

Private charters are available with The Little Jet Company. For more information visit

Helicopter transfers can be arranged and our Helipad is onsite.

Kintyre Express

There is a fast passenger ferry service that links up Islay and Northern Ireland which runs from April to September.

For more details click here.

Notable nearby golf courses

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.

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