Unspoiled Natural Beauty.
The Kintyre peninsula is not only one of Scotland’s most secluded outposts – it is one of its best-kept secrets. Located on the west coast of Scotland, Kintyre contains a unique variety of unspoiled terrains and wildlife. Miles of gorgeous coastline surround beautiful rolling hills, wooded landscapes and a number of lochs. Machrihanish, the site of The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages and the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, is located on the scenic southwest coast of Kintyre, and the bustling town of Campbeltown, site of the historic Royal Hotel, is found on the southeast coast – just a short drive away. Secluded but not remote, Kintyre is surprisingly easy to travel to by air, sea, or land.
Getting to magical Machrihanish Dunes.
Today, Machrihanish is more accessible than ever. From downtown Glasgow, it’s a breathtaking three-hour journey down A83, “the long and winding road,” one of the UK’s most scenic routes. Along the way, see Loch Lomond, drive along picturesque Loch Fyne and pass within steps of the stately Inveraray Castle. If you’d prefer to fly, there are twice daily direct flights Monday through Friday and once on Sunday from Glasgow to Campbeltown as well as several charter flight options. And with the Kintyre Express fast-RIB now connecting Campbeltown with both Troon in Ayrshire and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, you can travel by sea as well.
See below for detailed information on getting to magical Machrihanish Dunes by land, air, or sea.
Perhaps the best way to reach The Village at Machrihanish Dunes is by automobile via the A83. The “long and winding road” that stretches down the Kintyre Peninsula from Loch Lomond through Tarbert and on down to Machrihanish and Campbeltown is one of the world’s great drives, offering spectacular scenery, many interesting stopping points and attractions, and endless charm. If you’d prefer someone else do the driving, West Coast Motors offers commercial bus and coach services operated from six depots based throughout Argyll, the Isle of Bute and Glasgow.
The Village at Machrihanish Dunes
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From Glasgow/Glasgow Airport follow signs to Erskine Bridge – Loch Lomond – go over the Erskine Bridge – next exit LEFT will be the A82 towards Loch Lomond. Take the A82 following the Loch. Pass Loch Lomond GC and follow the signs for the A83 at Tarbet toward Oban – Campbeltown. Take the A83 toward Cambpeltown all the way down the scenic long and winding road, passing Loch Fyne and Inveraray Castle along the way. As you approach Campbeltown and Machrihanish you will see a sign on your right for Westport Beach. Continue on A83 for approximately 2.7 miles, passing through the village of Kilchenzie.
To Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club
Turn RIGHT following signs for Campbeltown Airport and M.O.D. Machrihanish onto the single track road. Follow the single track road 2.1 miles passing the Airport turn off on your left. Continue through the small gate to Machrihanish Golf Club which will be on your left.
To The Village at Machrihanish Dunes (The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages | The Old Clubhouse | Golf Shop)
Turn RIGHT following signs for Campbeltown Airport and M.O.D. Machrihanish onto the single track road. Instead of staying straight on the single track road, take the LEFT following signs toward Campbeltown Airport. Follow this one track road to its end. Turn RIGHT onto B843 towards Machrihanish and follow for 3.6 miles to The Village at Machrihanish Dunes, which will be on your left across from Machrihanish Golf Club.
To The Royal Hotel
Coming from Glasgow and points North you will remain on A83 South all the way into Campbeltown centre until A83 dead ends into Main Street. Turn left on Main Street heading toward Campbeltown Harbour – the hotel will be on your left.
Air access is direct into Campbeltown Airport located adjacent to the golf course and just minutes from both hotels. Commercial flights, chartered private jets, and privately owned planes can fly directly from the U.S., Europe or Glasgow and touch down on the second longest runway in Europe and just a stone’s throw from Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club.
Loganair operates flights twice daily Monday through 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
SPECIAL: Loganair offers special “Day Away” golf packages that include golf at Machrihanish Dunes and roundtrip airfare starting at £119. Click here for more information or to book a “Day Away” golf package.
Private Small Planes
Privately owned fixed wing small planes (under 2730 kg) can land and take off during any daylight hours at Campbeltown Airport. The owner/operator must complete an application for out of hours indemnity with the Highlands & Islands Airports and comply with certain other requirements. For further information on HIA Out of Hours Permit Scheme please click here.
Seaplane, helicopter and plane charters can be arranged to allow golfers and guest easy and fast access to links golf gems like Shiskine and the Machrie and classics like Turnberry, Prestwick, and Royal Troon.
Loch Lomond Seaplanes
Fly in an iconic seaplane over some of the most magnificent landscape you will ever see on your way to Machrihanish. Loch Lomond Seaplanes, flying from Europe’s only city centre-based seaplane airport in the Heart of Glasgow and from romantic Loch Lomond, is the UK’s only commercial seaplane tour service and was voted by the Scots as the country’s top “must do” activity. Flights can be arranged to land at Campbeltown Airport or touch down right in Campbletown Harbour just a few metres away from the front door at The Royal Hotel.
Tel: +44 (0)1436 675030
Hebridean Air Services
9-seat twin-engined Islander aircraft suitable for shorter distances, (i.e. to Campbeltown from Glasgow, Prestwick, Islay, Oban, or Belfast & Derry in Northern Ireland).
Tel: +44 (0)8458 057465
Specialise in golf charters with aircraft seating 4-9 passengers. Bases at Inverness, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Dublin.
Tel: +44 (0)1667 462740
In addition to the commercial flights offered through Flybe, Loganair offers private charter 18-seat Twin Otter planes for shorter flights and 34-seat SAAB 340 capable of operating from any major Scottish/UK airport. Aircraft based at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, and Aberdeen.
Tel: +44 (0)1856 87360 (Islander/Orkney) or +44 (0)1418 487594 (SAAB 340)
Air Charter Scotland
Cessna Citation and Embraer Legacy business jets with 7-12 seats, suitable for long-distance flights including European and trans-Atlantic travel with UK aircraft bases at Luton and Biggin Hill.
Tel: +44 (0)1355 590300
Operates the world’s largest fleet of private jets with a variety of aircraft options for national and international travel.
Tel: +44 (0)2073 619620
Global business aircraft operator with over 25 years’ experience in charter flights. Aircrafts from 6-18 passengers available. Aircraft based in England, Hong Kong, UAE, and the United States.
Tel: +44 (0)1252 553000
Access by sea is a fun and convenient way to get to and from, as well as around, the Mull of Kintyre and its many world-famous golf courses, whisky distilleries, and natural wonders.
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
CalMac offers commercial ferry service for larger groups travelling from Islay (Port Ellen) and Ardrossan (route requires a 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