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Machrihanish Farm Dunes, Machrihanish PA28 6PT Scotland
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The Village at Machrihanish Dunes, consisting of Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages and The Old Clubhouse Pub, coupled with The Royal Hotel in nearby Campbeltown, offers you a golf destination rivaling the finest in the world.
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
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Neil H wrote a review Sep 2022
Derby, United Kingdom33 contributions36 helpful votes
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We've just returned from a brilliant week at the Ugadale Hotel in Machrihanish. The hotel is really nice, situated just opposite the beach and a local golf course. I would like to give a special mention to the staff at both the Hotel and the adjacent ‘Old Clubhouse’ pub whose warmth towards us made our stay a very memorable one. If you’d like a relaxing break at a nice hotel where the staff are genuinely interested in making your stay a special one, then this is a good place to be. For those who enjoy playing golf, there are 3 courses in the area. The Machrihanish Golf Club opposite the hotel, £120/per round in September. The Machrihanish DUNES Golf Club, discounted to £70/round for hotel residents in September and only 15mins away. It’s a great course that gives you a good challenge and offers nice coastal views. Also has a driving range and chipping / putting practice areas and Launa in the Golf shop really puts herself out to help you. The Dunaverty Golf Course, £35/per round in September and is 20 mins away at the tip of the peninsula. In my opinion, this is a hidden gem and I would truly recommend this course. The staff are very welcoming and can’t do enough for you, the course is in tip top condition and the views along the coastline from the course are simply stunning!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: The suites are a bit pricey but very well worth it.
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Arqueros wrote a review Sep 2022
Worcester, United Kingdom195 contributions71 helpful votes
When I booked, I specifically requested a superior room with a bath as my wife hates showers. We arrived after a round of golf, both ready for a bath, to find the room had no bath! There was a power cut in the area ( not the hotel’s fault!) so they couldn’t check other rooms. 15 minutes before our dinner reservation we were offered a different room but it was too late to change. We were offered free breakfast instead but had no idea of the value of this as we had booked an inclusive rate. There was a tea and coffee maker in the room but the only place we could find to plug it in was on the floor by the door. So we were on our knees making a drink! All the teas were perfumed - no black tea; and little milk. These were supplied when I went down to reception. The hotel has no lounge, bar or restaurant. Drinks and dinner are available in the pub close by. Breakfast is served in the hotel. Our free Scottish breakfast was terrible. Lorne sausage was as hard as a brick; bacon was dry and hard; poached eggs were overcooked. I emailed the hotel asking for my comments to be passed to the manager. I’m still waiting for a reply. Says it all. The hotel is not worth the money. We won’t be back.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Edith O wrote a review Aug 2022
Boekelo, The Netherlands26 contributions
The only hotel in this part of peninsula Kintyre. We were three times before (Campbelltown - 2009, 2012 and 2014) on Kintyre and we always said: when we can afford it, we'll stay in that beautifull hotel The Ugadale. But ... when we arrived we got the wrong room. The next day they'll change the room for us; they promised - and they did. A room with a splendid view! With our reservation they promised to be able giving electricity for our hybrid car by an outside socket. When we arrived - that seemed to be difficult. The only possibility was to park directly in font of the entrance of the hotel and wire to an outside socket. The day after – there seemed to be troubles with the socket and it suddenly was 'out of order'? There was no other possibility to get electricity – we looked beside the hotel of course– yes, there was! This hotel seems to be no hotel anymore, but a luxurious &B? There is no lounge, no restaurant; there is just a very very simple breakfast in the morning - too simple to call it 'contintal breakfast' anyway. Ánd that seemed this way to be since 2019? We made a reservation for this B&B in februari 2022 and nobody told us on the site that ... So we looked on the website of The Ugadale again and we saw several 'hits' for the hotel. On the first six of them was written: guests can enjoy breakfast, lounge and restaurant during their stay. But there is no friendly lounge and superb restaurant at all anymore! So ...where to dine then? The reception adviced us to try to book a table in the pub nextdoor (and that seemed to be part of the saem organisation of course?). By this time - already fylly booked of course. The only possibilty is 20.15. The menu is disappointing. We want a steak pie as 'best choice' of the menu - not available any more. The food is poor, greasy and not tasty at all. The cook is not good enough for preparing food. Next day we could arrange a taxi by the hotel and we'll dine in The Harbourview Grill (under The Royal hotel in Campbeltown - also belons to the company of course). Dinner is reasonable and allright, but not very specific or spectaculair. We used to have better meals in the earlier days in this restaurant! It's more pubfood than a restaurantmeal! We sent an email to the company CEO– he answered us quickly, by saying that he corrected the website of The Ugadale. He sent a picture that he adjusted the information on internet. I checked this directly – it is not be seen on the various sites with the name of the Ugadale!! Even the movie with the chief-cook Gordon McNeill (now chef of restaurant Number 42 in Campbelltown) is still on the internet (I just checked - yes, it is still on the internet - Ugadale hotel & Cottages). The private fine dining restaurant The The Kintyre in which Gordon is to be seen, cooking fine dining - he explains the diner in this movie. That was in 2019!!! So, after all, this was a very disappointing stay in this lonely part of Kintyre in the B&B The Ugadale. We were sadly terrible misled by the information on internet AND by booking this hotel. They should have mentioned all this! Luckily the service at the desk was terrific. Sweet and lovely ladies; especially Jo did a great job for us! :)
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Rooms at the front are terrific - because of the view on The Atlantic Ocean
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welltraveledgolfer wrote a review Jul 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Best hotel in a very sleepy town, first class local hospitality and very authentic accommodations. Great place to stay if you are trying to avoid crowds and all the tourist traps, just good old Scottish hospitality at very reasonable prices, right across from the ocean and the first tee. All the staff members were over the top friendly. inside tip. if you're a golfer and going to play more than 3 rounds, the golf club has a great international membership, and has a very modern clubhouse with 2nd story views overlooking the ocean and golf course for less than 1 round at pebble beach!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: higher the floor the better the view room 5 has an extra sitting area
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Paul wrote a review Jul 2022
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Most amazing experience in a small town about 3 hours north of Melbourne Could not believe how awesome the decor was and the great feel and combined with great hosts and quality produce was one of those unexpected delights in life that you don't get to often these days so hats off to you all and thanks for a great time
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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bigmac60 wrote a review Jun 2022
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom6 contributions
I had recently posted a rather scathing review of my group’s stay at this hotel but I’m delighted to say that the company CEO contacted me and said he was happy to address my concerns—he did accept my complaints and was working to rectify Excellent management
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Duke of argyle suite
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Algord123 wrote a review May 2022
50 contributions65 helpful votes
Lovely we’ll appointed hotel . No bar any more. Don’t do meals . Breakfast ok but our table was sticky. The staff tried very hard but poorly managed. Expensive for a hotel that cannot provide a bar or an evening meal. I’ve been going for years this is the most disappointing visit yet. I will give 1 more chance !
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mike901550 wrote a review May 2022
Glasgow, United Kingdom16 contributions6 helpful votes
Well, visited with golf party who had been visiting the Ugadale for over 40 years. The current owners have no idea of the history or continuity of repeat custom and customer loyalty. The booking and general logistics were a joke. Emails not replied to, and prices ramped up to a silly percentage compared to 2 yrs previous. When we arrived , reception was totally disorganized , dinner bookings chaotic and a general disinterest in welcoming repeat ( 40.+ yr) custom. Restaurant closed .. so eating in external bar with limited fixed menu . Food appalling …we are on the Scottish coast and mussels , fish cakes and salmon are disgusting , overcooked culinary disasters. A terrible advertisement for fresh costal fare. We were informed that bar service was unavailable after 10.00 pm.. superb news after 2 rounds of golf, a hurried chaotic horrible meal and then asked to leave bar as they refused to pay staff to keep 30 customers willing to pay to have a few drinks ( fantastic business model … NOT) The staff are not to blame for this decision .. they were only obeying orders . Rooms are fresh and clean and breakfast perfectly acceptable . But the prices charged and the food and chaotic availability of service are well below standard, totally unacceptable. Staff are minimally trained locals with no understanding of customer service and have no interest in the success or otherwise of this establishment. This may sound a harsh review , but we are being ripped off by a hotel group that are resting on the laurels of having a famous golf course on their front lawn … and sadly that golf course ( Machrihanish ) is in even a poorer state than the Ugadale . This is a failure waiting to implode.. if it were not for the fact that I have been a regular rerun visitor for 40 years , I would not even have taken the time review this, but I feel a connection to the area and community and it’s tragic that the hotel group think they can provide 2 star service and food at 5 star prices. With the current cost of living crisis, this is a disgrace.. and the International visitors once they have played the faded jewel of Machrihanish links… covered in weeds and appalling condition, will never return, and due to social media this will quickly become a dead duck. I had no pleasure writing this review.. but it had to be done … poor service, terrible food and top dollar prices.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Roshan G wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom19 contributions3 helpful votes
Unbelievable. I really wasn't expecting such quality from our cottage - it was like a honeymoon suite! We were staying in one of the two-bed cottages which opened up onto the beach (with a quiet road between us). Perfect place to stay to play on either golf course. Massive mega bathrooms with wetroom showers (no bath but i didn't really care). Really friendly staff too and the pub food was simple but nice (try the haddock - one of the best fish and chips I've had)
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Snowmanrk wrote a review Sep 2021
Cairns, Australia149 contributions28 helpful votes
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a reservation for the hotel and had to stay in a nearby bed and breakfast - but I really want to write this review based on my two visits to the pub on the hotel property (the Old Clubhouse). My first visit was quite quick and I thought nice bar, nice service. On my second visit, I spent the evening working in the bar. The service from the server was nothing but exemplary - nothing was too much trouble for her. While I was there, lots of guests enquired about meals (which were not served on a Monday or Tuesday), but rather than just say no she tried hard to find a solution for everyone - from crisps and nuts to sausage rolls in the bar, or to arrange a courtesy bus to take even non-residents into Campbeltown for dinner in the sister property. I couldn't really be bothered leaving the bar to go into town, so she arranged for pizza to be brought over from the other hotel to eat in the bar. Really impressive and excellent service - thank you so much.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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US$212 - US$309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomScotlandArgyll and ButeKintyre PeninsulaMachrihanish
NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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Which popular attractions are close to The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Machrihanish Beach (0.2 km), Davaar Island Cave Painting of the Crucifixion (7.5 km), and Westport Beach (5.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Number Forty Two Restaurant & Kitchen, The Old Clubhouse, and The Tin Roof Diner.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages have airport transportation?
Yes, The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Machrihanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Dunaverty Rock (14.0 km) and Keil Caves (13.6 km).