Once regarded as the pinnacle of luxury accommodation in the west of Scotland, The Ugadale Hotel has been restored to its former glory and now serves as the centerpiece of The Village at Machrihanish Dunes. In its heyday, The Ugadale Hotel regularly welcomed captains of industry and their families, who descended on Machrihanish for summer holidays with their steamer trunks and visions of relaxing times on the beach and golf links. Today, twenty-two stunning guest rooms and suites are finished to the highest standard and pamper guests in an atmosphere of casual elegance combined with modern amenities, historic charm, and unmatched natural beauty.
Imagine waking up in the morning to views of the sparkling Atlantic and the Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura out your window, enjoying a hearty Scottish breakfast, and then making your way to the first tee or enjoying a soothing spa treatment – or setting off on some other worthy adventure. From your home base at The Ugadale, all the beauty and rejuvenating activities that define the Kintyre peninsula will be but moments from your door.
And when it’s time to kick back, the hotel will please even the most discriminating visitor with its warm and inviting restaurant and pub in a private club setting, The Kintyre Restaurant + Bar. After your dinner and a wee dram to cap things off, you’ll be quite sure that life cannot get any better than this.
In addition to its dining and spa facilities for guests, The Ugadale Hotel serves as an ideal venue for corporate events, private parties, wedding receptions, and other kinds of get-togethers.
The Beaches of Kintyre
A Scenic Shoreline Always Within Reach
Kintyre has many gorgeous and unique sections of coastline. No matter where you’re standing in Kintyre, you’re always a short distance from a long stretch of shoreline sand or a scenic, rocky coast. The beaches at Machrihanish are known for some of the best surfing in all of the U.K. While here, you will often find surfers catching a wave just steps from The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages.
CARRADALE BAY: A very long section of beach known as one of the best in Kintyre. Spend a day relaxing by the waves and soak in the breathtaking waterside views of Kintyre.
SADDELL BAY: A fantastic area ideal for swimming. Famous for being the place where Paul McCartney’s music video, Mull of Kintyre, was shot.
MACHRIHANISH BEACH: A golden beach next to Machrihanish Golf Club. Over 3 miles of sand perfect for walking or running.
WESTPORT BEACH: An ideal beach for long walks or surfing. Check out the historic castles, medieval gravestones, and forts, or simply swim among some of the best waves in Kintyre.
BELLOCHANTUY BEACH: A rich location filled with wildlife, beautiful views, and rocky shores that are great for hiking or climbing.
Adventures for the Whole Family
Kintyre is a playground for adults and kids alike. Dozens of Scottish beaches and walks, nature, wildlife, a brand new state-of-the-art playground next door, and culture all combined with the comforts of The Village at Machrihanish Dunes makes the area an ideal family vacation destination.
Next door to The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages is the new Machrihanish Playpark, featuring a wide variety of state-of-the-art play equipment including a play pirate ship with many decks, two steering wheels, a slide, a climbing net, a staircase, a hammock, and two masts with flag – where captains and mates of different ages can set sail together on a sea of imagination.
Campbeltown’s Aqualibrium is a state-of-the-art multi-functional leisure complex offering spectacular views of Campbeltown Bay. Enjoy a six-lane swimming pool, fitness suite, library, childcare, a bistro, steam rooms, and sauna.
Barrglen Equestrian Centre
Pony rides for children 4-6, and horse riding through the beautiful scenery of Kintyre.
Campbeltown Picture House
The oldest continuously run, purpose-built cinema in Scotland still showing films.
A regional museum entirely focused on Kintyre, with exhibits featuring prehistoric discoveries from the Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Age; late 19th Century domestic items, medical instruments, and jewellery from Campbeltown; early 20th Century photography and fine art from all over the region.
Machrihanish Seabird and Wildlife Observatory
For an unparalleled wildlife experience with superb bird watching and spectacular scenery, Machrihanish offers what is arguably the very best of Kintyre. The Observatory offers a great educational experience within walking distance of The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages.