Above: The golf course at The Machrie on the Isle of Islay, Scotland

Islay is an easygoing place, and life on this Hebridean isle off the west coast of Scotland tends to move slowly. Change does not occur very often, and when it does, people take notice. Which is why the recent revamping of The Machrie hotel and golf links has been big news.

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Above: The golf course at The Machrie on the Isle of Islay, Scotland

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