Scottish Isles Golf & Whisky Experience

The Isle of Islay • Mull of Kintyre

Scotland

  • Nights 6
  • Days 7
  • Rounds of Golf 4
  • Distilleries 3
  • Dates Apr-Oct, 2019

What would you say if we promised you an authentic and cultural experience in a part of Scotland that only writers and poets would openly seek as a form of societal banishment? Too much?

Okay, how about we include some of the truest links golf on offer and then line up exclusive access to some of the best “Water of Life” known to mankind? Yes, we are speaking of Scotland’s western isles and its treasured single malt distilleries, creating one of the most unique experiences in golf travel.

If we have your attention now, this tasty experience has you flying into Glasgow Airport before going due west again. Your experience would begin on the Isle of Islay and end on the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland’s most western peninsula.

Upon arrival you will be met by your driver where you will journey even further west to Kennacraig for the ferry to Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay.  Now, this is where you will find some of some of Scotland’s well known Single Malts… Lagavulin, Ardmore, Bunnahabhan, Caol IlaBruichalddich and of course, Islay! The greatest compliment in being able to spoil your pallet is playing twice on one of Scotland’s finest hidden gems, Machrie Golf Links. To round it off, retire to newly remodeled country house style hotel, The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links where you can warm your feet by a real peat fueled fireplace!

After leaving the Island, you will ferry back to the mainland and continue your journey along the “long and winding road” (Paul McCartney’s inspiration for this song)  towards Campbeltown where you will be welcomed by locals of The Village of Machrihanish Dunes.  This part of Scotland was once known as the Malt Capital of the World when it once boasted as many of 30 distilleries.  Today, only  3 remain but don’t fret because after playing both Machrihanish Dunes and Machrihanish Golf Club over your three days here we will not miss a visit (or two) to each of the remaining three distilleries.

Now, this is an experience to brag about to your friends, well the ones that stayed home… yes, definitely their loss!

Itinerary

Day1
  • Arrive at Glasgow International Airport (GLA)
  • Choice to connect on a short commuter flight (30min) to Islay Airport (ILY) or you will be met at Glasgow Airport and transferred by coach to Kennacraig to board the Calmac Ferry for Port Ellen on Islay.
  • Hotel – The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links
  • Check into for 3 night stay in standard twin rooms
Day2
  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Golf – Machrie Golf Links
  • Whisky – Visit and tasting at Caol Ila Distillery
  • Hotel – The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links
Day3
  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Whisky – Visit and tasting at Lagavulin Distillery
  • Hotel – The Machrie Hotel
Day4
  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Check out and transfer to Machrihanish on the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland’s most western peninsula which at one time was the whisky capital of the world where it once boasted 30 distilleries.  Upon arrival, check into the Ugadale Hotel before heading out for an afternoon round at Machrihanish Dunes Golf Links
  • Evening at your leisure
Day5
  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Today you will play Machrihanish Golf Club
  • After lunch, visit the Springbank Distillers featuring their lables Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn. For an extra special experience plan a tour with Frank McHardy who will share his 50 years in the whisky industry!
  • Hotel – Ugadale Hotel
Day6
  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Play one final round again at Machrihanish Dunes Golf Links to end your Scottish Isles experience
  • Hotel – Ugadale Lodge
Day7
  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Check out and transfer to airport.

Accommodations

The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links

3 Nights at The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links with breakfast daily.

The Ugadale Hotel and Cottages

3 Nights at The Ugadale Lodge with breakfast daily

Things To Do

Caol Ila Distillery

Pronounced 'cull-eela', the distillery is situated on the North Eastern shores of Islay with magnificent views across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura. Join us... More

Lagavulin Distillery

Situated at the picturesque Lagavulin Bay, this is an experience not to be missed. Take a tour of the distillery, see our distillers at work and view the unusual... More

Golf Courses

Machrie Golf Links

The Machrie Golf Links may well be the Scotland of your dreams, in fact The Machrie might be a golf course that is beyond the wildest of your dreams!... More

Machrihanish Dunes

At Machrihanish Dunes, you can enjoy the beauty and history of a century-old holiday destination while you indulge in all the luxuries you’ve come to expect from a modern-day... More

Machrihanish Golf Club

The Machrihanish Golf Club has become well known over the years especially for the Championship Course's exceptional first hole which requires the round's opening shot to carry the Atlantic.... More

The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links

The Ugadale Hotel and Cottages

Machrie Golf Links

Machrihanish Golf Club

Machrihanish Dunes

Caol Ila Distillery

2 Distillery Houses, Caolila, Isle of Islay PA46 7RJ, UK

Lagavulin Distillery

2 A846, Isle of Islay PA42 7DZ, UK

Included

  • 3 Nights at The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links
  • 3 Nights at Ugadale Hotel & Cottages
  • 4 Rounds of Golf:
    • Machrie Golf Links
    • Machrihanish Golf Club
    • Machrihanish Dunes (36)
  • Mercedes Sprinter Motor Coach & Driver throughout your stay in Scotland
  • Round Trip Ferry to and from the Isle of Islay
  • Distillery visits / Tastings where stated
  • Full Scottish Breakfast Daily
  • Services of your Distincte representative

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Lunch and Dinner Daily
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips/ Gratuities for Caddies, Transport Drivers, etc.

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Dates & Prices

Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

April 1, 2019 — October 31, 2019
Package Options Starting From Single Occupancy
Standard Double/Twin Room $2,095.00

Before You Travel

  • A quality rain suit, pants and jacket is a MUST! Zero Restriction and FootJoy are quality brands. If you do not own such apparel, it is expensive and note, you get what you pay for. So purchase wisely as you’ll be thankful you have it if you get a good lashing!
  • Rain gloves – a must when playing in the rain. They come in pairs and for good reason. A wet hand on a wet grip will only result in tears as your ball, and maybe your club too, will undoubtedly end up in the fescue.
  • A good ski hat – yes, not what you typically think of for golf but because most courses are on the ocean, the water temps are still only in the upper 50’s to 60 degrees. Combine these factors with some wind blowing onshore and then throw in some rain and it is a recipe for being miserable. A nice warm hat that can cover your ears could be your best friend.
  • A proper golf umbrella – a must as normal summer weather means intermittent showers that come and go throughout a 4 hour round. You can generally see what is coming so instead of changing in and out of rain gear, you can use a good sturdy wind-resistant umbrella to shelter you until the shower passes.

Now, what about sunshine? Yes, they do have it in Ireland and when it comes out especially in the late spring and summer months, it can be quite warm to hot. Therefore, a few pair of golf shorts are in order. Golfers have been known to wear shorts under their rain pants simply because the extremes from shower to sunshine can be very dramatic – so this is sometimes the best approach.

All in all, these are the best tips to best prepare you for what we hope is a memorable experience golfing in Ireland.

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$2,095.00

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