New Course Planned on Jura

As a big fan of the Machrie course located onScotland’s west coast on the island of Islay, I was pleased to hear about a new golf course planned to open on the neighbouring island of Jura.  Golf on the West Coast and Western Isles of Scotland offers a unique opportunity to play the game as it was done originally.  There are some great courses to choose from too…there is the Machrie as mentioned, but also Askernish on South Uist and Shiskine onArran.  On the Mull of Kintyre peninsula you can also choose from Machrihanish, Machrihanish Dunes and Dunaverty.  Many of these courses are also conveniently located for those looking to do some whiskey distillery touring on a trip and you can visit great places like Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Isle of Arran and Springbank.  This is the ideal option for anyone looking to do a Scotland golf trip that is a little bit different and play some real hidden gems. You can read more on the development on the course on Jura by clicking here.

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 11 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.

The Machrie – a true original

The Machrie
The Machrie

I will never forget some of my trips to the Machrie, off the west coast of Scotland.  Situated on the island of Islay, the Machrie is a classic links course in the truest sense of the word. I recall 10 blind shots to greens over towering sand dunes. The details on this golf experience can be enjoyed at While the golf is memorable I will never forget the trip, in 1986 when my brother and I played 9 holes in fierce weather only to return to the clubhouse and an extended lunch break. Indeed, the lunch continued to dinner as were joined by the manager of one of the local distilleries with a new bottle of his product. Golf is a wonderful sport, but more often then not it is the people and life experiences which make it so special.

About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+