Hotels boost for Scotland’s Whisky and Golf Town

Two historic golfing hotels have been refurbished as part of plans to boost golf tourism to Campbelltown and Macrahanish in Scotland, an area once known as the “Whisky Capital of the World.”

The Kintyre Development Company, owners of the Macrahanish Dunes Village, have refurbished both the Royal and Ugadale Hotels as part of the first phase of a plan to turn the area into a world class golf destination.

Ugadale Hotel Macrahanish Dunes Golf Club
Refurbished Ugadale – a classic golf hotel courtesy Mach Dunes Golf Club

Campbelltown is situated close to the Mull of Kintyre and in old gaelic means “at the head of the Loch (lake).”

34 Distilleries once distinguished Campbelltown
At one point the town had 34 whisky distilleries and was nicknamed Whisky Town.

The Kintyre company, a subsidiary of American golf leisure firm Southwold Development, hired Scottish golf course architect David Maclay Kidd to build a second course in the sand dunes next to Macrahanish Golf Club – a famous Links laid out by Old Tom Morris in 1897.

The Macrahanish Dunes Golf Course opened in 2009 and has since won a flurry of awards including:

  • Golfweek: 2012 Best Modern Courses in Great Britain & Ireland #39
  • GolfWorld: 2010-11 Top 100 Courses in Scotland #26

More beds more golf
The restored hotels will provide much needed bed stock for golfers coming to play the new Macrahanish Dunes course and its illustrious neighbour.

The first phase also saw the Old Clubhouse pub restored and eight high-specification cottages built , which are available to purchase on shared ownership schemes.

The developers David Southworth and Joe Deitch plan to transform the area into a complete Scottish seaside golf and resort destination.

The second phase will see a new clubhouse and 24 additional holiday cottages built.

The Dunes course is built on a site of special scientific interest on Scotland’s south-west coast in Kintyre.

Hole 13 at Macrahanish Dunes Golf Club, Campbelltown, Scotland
Macrahanish Dunes Golf Club courtesy Southwold Developments

The area is environmentally sensitive and is home to several endangered species of flora and fauna. Maclay Kidd designed the 18-hole course with a special emphasis on conservation and respect for the natural environment.

Mr Southworth told Herald Scotland:”The Royal and Ugadale Hotels hold a special place in Campbeltown history and it is gratifying to see them back to their former glory.

For many, the hotels were places where friends and families would celebrate grand occasions. For us, it begins another chapter in our pursuit to make Campbeltown and Machrihanish a world-class destination.”

The improvements were supported by a £3m loan from the Co-operative Bank.

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