Western Isles of Scot­land

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Given this re­gion con­tains two cour­ses that be­gan life in the 1800s this might seem an odd choice as an ‘emerg­ing’ des­ti­na­tion. How­ever, not only has one of them been so thor­oughly re­vamped it is vir­tu­ally a new course, the Western Isles have never been thought of as an ac­tual des­ti­na­tion be­fore. Oh, and there is a very ex­cit­ing brand-new course set to open this year to aug­ment these ex­ist­ing at­trac­tions.

This is a fly-drive, or a purely driv­ing trip. Fly to Glas­gow or, even bet­ter, Prest­wick and hire a car. If you’re driv­ing, head straight to Ar­drossan for the ferry to Ar­ran. You could spend a week play­ing cute golf on Ar­ran but this trip only has time for the be­guil­ing 12 holes on Shisk­ine – full of in­trigue, ma­jes­tic views and tremen­dous fun.

Next, take the ferry to Claon­aig, and down to Machri­han­ish to stay in the Ugadale Ho­tel and play at Machri­han­ish and Machri­han­ish Dunes. Old and new mix beau­ti­fully here. From here take the ferry to Is­lay (from Ken­nacraig) to play the re­vamped Machrie (next year it’ll have a new on-site ho­tel). From there, take the 10-minute ferry to Jura and play soon-toopen Ardfin, as­sum­ing it of­fers the limited tee times we ex­pect.

Then it’s a long ferry back from Is­lay and a chance to re­flect on the most soul­ful, feel-good golf trip you’ll ever have the for­tune to make.

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