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Machrihanish lies five miles west of Campbeltown in a superb location at the southern end of the three miles of magnificent sand and dunes that line Machrihanish Bay and face westwards out into the Atlantic.

Many will enjoy Machrihanish because of its seaside location, because of its beaches, because of its rocky headlands, and because of its views. These extend north along Machrihanish Bay to the uplands of Kintyre, and north west to Islay and the Paps of Jura, 34 miles to the north west. Head due west from here and you encounter nothing but open ocean until you reach Newfoundland. 

Machrihanish is perhaps best known today for its golf. The Machrihanish Golf Club dates back to a meeting held in Campbeltown on 11 March 1876. The course which the Kintyre Golf Club (as it was initially called) then established in the dunes behind the southern end of Machrihanish Bay bears the stamp of Old Tom Morris, who redesigned and extended it in 1879 for a fee of £1 per day plus expenses. 

Actually, to say the course "lies behind" the bay is slightly misleading. The 1st Hole, regarded by some as the best opening hole of any golf course in the world, requires the golfer to drive over part of the shoreline itself en route to the haven of the first fairway. In 2005 the US magazine Golf Digest rated Machrihanish Golf Club as the 39th best golf course in the world outside the USA. 

Machrihanish, now has a new feather in its golfing cap - Machrihanish Dunes. Officially opened for play in July 2009, Machrihanish Dunes is the course that world renowned golf course architect, David McLay Kidd, long dreamed of building. Situated on 259 acres of pristine links land, Machrihanish Dunes is the first championship links golf course built in Scotland on a Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSi), in over 100 years. 

The story of Machrihanish since 1879 has in large part been one of a coastal and golfing resort. By 1906 it was so popular with visitors that an existing light railway was upgraded to carry passengers between Machrihanish and Campbeltown. This allowed Machrihanish to take advantage of Campbeltown's many steamer connections with destinations right across the Firth of Clyde and in the Western Isles. The railway ceased operations in 1932, but by now Machrihanish was well established. 

You may not think of Machrihanish as being "centrally located," but in a way, it very much is. Its proximity to the great Ayrshire courses and The Carrick at Cameron House, provide for very convenient golf loops throughout the southwest of Scotland and even over to Northern Ireland.  

Travel by Air
The airfield at Machrihanish serves as Campbeltown Airport, offering a service to and from Glasgow International airport.

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