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Ian and Jess McWhinney

Dry Island's current owner, Ian McWhinney, is a descendent of the Mackenzies who have lived, fished and farmed around Gair Loch since the 15th Century. Ian still fishes for shellfish from the Island as well as offering hospitality to visitors to the Island with his wife Jess.

Working together they make a living from selling shellfish that Ian catches, most of it is sold abroad but some makes its way to Gordon Ramsay's restaurants in London, and some is sold by us through local markets at Gairloch and Poolewe. Jess and Ian have been welcoming guests to their self-catering cottages for 25 years now, giving others a chance to spend time on their beautiful island retreat.

Ian also runs boat trips - his "Shellfish Safaris" - that you might like to try when you come to visit. Catch yourself a supper of finest langoustines, crab or squat lobster and then sit out on the terrace watching the stars come out or, if you're lucky, the spectacular Northern Lights.

However you want to relax and unwind, Dry Island has so much to offer.

Comments from our Visitors

Ian McWhinney's fishing boat at Dry Island Holiday Cottage

Zephyr Ian's fishing boat at Dry Island

“Wonderful Week, beautiful weather, could be on the med! Felt like we have just got away from it all here, a little haven. We will definitely be back in the future. So much to do here, other than just sitting and watching the world go by. We have been on the most beautiful beaches, climbed spectacular mountains and enjoyed a pint & meal in the most relaxing Inns – what more could you want! Thanks Jess & Ian. - Michael, Sherene & Michelle”

“Creel Cabin is Amazing! Felt like our own Island. Sooooo relaxing! Loved just sitting and watching the bay. Even caught a glimpse of an otter. Mice visited the deck every night. This is for sure one of the best places we have stayed. Weather was very mixed but loved walking in Torridon in the snow and going out with Ian, creeling in the sunshine. Now we have Islonia passports we feel like true citizens and will have to return :) Thanks Ian & Jess. - Robert & Sandra”

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Ian and Jess McWhinney of Dry Island
Ian & Jess McWhinney
Dry Island
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