Machrie Hotel Islay in Soft Opening Phase

Fantastic! That's for me the best word to describe the rebuilt Machrie Hotel. After having visited the place several times during the reconstruction phase I have become quite impressed with the way it has been rebuilt. The beautiful front, in which you still recognise the original Machrie Hotel, almost hides the fact that this is a very large hotel. The true scale of the Machrie Hotel can be properly appreciated if you walk around the hotel to the modern looking south-side of the hotel, the part which is a few metres away from the Golf Course. This side of the hotel has the very large windows which let in the stunning light from the south-west and opens up amazing views over the stunning golf course and Laggan Bay.

The interior is just as beautiful as the exterior. Because of the many windows the light is beautiful and the views from many rooms and lounges are great. Combine that with modern furniture, Scandinavian style according to their website, and a beautiful palette of warm colours and you immediately feel well. The Machrie offers Classic rooms, Deluxe rooms, Executive rooms and several special rooms and suites. Prices start from around £145 per night in winter to £235 in summer for a classic room with breakfast. Continue reading...

The Machrie Hotel has 47 rooms as well as 4 guest lodges. It has a bar and restaurant as well as a spa, a cinema and a courtyard which can be covered to create a function suite.

When does The Machrie Hotel Open?

Anne Schaeflein, the general manager, told me that the Machrie Hotel has in fact opened and they are currently in the soft opening phase. Anne said: "Over the next few weeks we will be taking bookings. We are aware that there are many people on the island who are keen to see what The Machrie has to offer and in the meantime we would be more than happy to show them around and should appreciate if they would contact us in advance. The team is very much looking forward welcoming you."

The Machrie Hotel is a great addition for tourists on Islay but it's much more than that. The hotel employs many locals and the bar and restaurant, golf links and other facilities can be used by folk on Islay too.

For more info I recommend visiting their website. Their contact details are:
The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll, PA42 7AN, Scotland
Tel: +44 1496 302310

Machrie Hotel Photo Gallery

View from the West, 18th hole.

View from the East

Front view of The Machrie

De Luxe Bedroom

The Machrie Bar

View from the south-west with Heather

Exterior photos © Island Light Photography. Interior Photos © The Machrie

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