Glasgow & West Scotland

Islay golf course goes into administration

Machrie Hotel. Photo from Machrie Hotel and Golf Links
Image caption The hotel is up for sale, along with the 71-par golf course

A golf course on Islay - rated as one of Britain's best links courses - has been put on the market along with the island's 16-room Machrie Hotel.

The business has been placed in administration, with 15 job losses, as a result of reduced spending in the tourism industry.

The Machrie Golf Links course was first laid out by pioneering designer Willie Campbell 120 years ago.

The hotel has 16 bedrooms, 15 separate lodges, a restaurant and shops.

Three staff remain to assist the administrators and maintain the course.

'Excellent reputations'

Mendougal owns the hotel and the 71-par course and it is operated by Machrie Hotel & Golf Links Ltd.

Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar from KPMG have been appointed as administrators.

Mr Nimmo said: "Both the hotel and golf course have excellent reputations and are regarded as destination venues for visitors to Islay.

"Despite this, Machrie Hotel and Golf Links has unfortunately, like many other companies in the tourism and hospitality sector, been impacted from tightening consumer spending and troubled economic conditions.

"Taking Islay's prominence as a tourist hot spot into account with its high number of whisky distilleries and other attractions, we are optimistic a buyer will be found for this quite excellent facility."

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