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Dry Island Self-Catering Holiday Cottages

We have two self catering cottages available at Dry Island. Otter Cabin, nestled in the woods, comfortably sleeps 2 people. The Old Curing Station dates back to 1841 and can sleep 2 adults. Both cottages have TVs, DVD players and CD/radio system and ipod docking station. Tea, coffee, oil, salt, pepper, sugar, flour, herbs and spices, washing up liquid kitchen roll, spare loo roll, all provided. All rooms are clean, comfortable and quiet with outstanding views across the loch.

Otter Cabin - Dry Island Holiday Cottage

Otter Cabin nestled among the trees

Kitchen - Dry Island Holiday Cottage

The Kitchen in Otter Cabin a lovely new fitted kitchen for preparing your meals.

Sitting Room - Dry Island Holiday Cottage

The Sitting Room in Otter Cabin a relaxing place to sit.

The Deck - Dry Island Holiday Cottage

The Deck at Otter Cabin a great place to watch wildlife and enjoy the sunset.

The Bedroom - Dry Island Holiday Cottage

The Bedroom at Otter Cabin a great place for a peaceful night's sleep.

Sitting Room - Dry Island Holiday Cottage

The Sitting Room in the Old Curing Station a lovely place to relax after a day's hiking in the Torridon Mountains or beachcombing along Loch Gairloch

Old Curing Station - Dining Area

The Dining Area in the Old Curing Station

The Kitchen - Dry Island Holiday Cottage

The Kitchen in the Old Curing Station

Bedroom - Dry Island Holiday Cottage

The Bedroom in the Old Curing Station for a peaceful night's sleep.

Badachro Bothy - Dry Island Holiday Cottage

The new Badachro Bothy wooden cabin

Badachro Bothy Cabin - Dry Island Holiday Cottage

Inside the Badachro Bothy wooden wabin

Badachro Bothy Cabin - Dry Island Holiday Cottage

Summer inside the Badachro Bothy wooden wabin

Otter Cabin

The Cabin is fitted out to a high standard with a double bedroom, shower room, open plan kitchen and living room and its own decking area. Other Features include:

  • PRIVATE BEACH with sand, Recliner provided
  • Decking area 5 metres from water's edge. Dining Decking area has picnic bench and pots of herbs for you to use
  • Second decking area stretching out in front of the French windows, has a bench for seal and otter spotting, or a gin and tonic, or both.
  • A BBQ (coals provided) and a bird feeding area (info and spotter provided).
  • Incredible sea and mountain views from decking.

The Cabin only has very small oven and also only a small icebox in fridge for frozen goods. If you need more freezer space we would be happy to provide this.

Rental is from £250 to £495 per week.

The Old Curing Station

The Old Curing Station is larger than Otter Cabin. The completely self-contained ground floor apartment is comfortably furnished. It has a double bedroom, shower room, open plan sitting-and-dining room, kitchen, and spectacular views over the loch towards the Torridon Mountains. Free Wifi access is available in the Old Curing Station. Bed and breakfast and short breaks are available from £40 per night per couple. Other features include:

  • Brand new kitchen incl. induction hob and oven, microwave, panini press and dishwasher (tablets provided)
  • Private 'sun-trap' seating area and also shared decking area over looking pier, with own picnic bench and built in BBQ, both 5 metres from the sea.

We provide all bed linen, tea towel, gas and electricity

Rental is from £250 to £495 per week.

Viewing highlights:

  • Dark Sky
  • Northern Lights seen from island
  • Meteorite showers
  • Star spotter and information provided
  • Sightings book

Badachro Bothy

It is a large warm, secure wooden cabin with decking and an undercover outdoor seating area to enable you to enjoy the beautiful woodland and sea views

  • There is a bunk bed (small double and a single). And one comfortable double sofa bed. These also provide comfy seating areas to read and watch the tv/dvd/radio. A heater is provided.
  • Linen and towels can be hired
  • Own private shower and WC
  • The bothy is compeltely by itself on the island and is close to your own playpark with slides, swings and trampoline.
  • Free WiFi is available on the island

Prices from £50 per night low season to £65 per night high season

If Badachro Bothy is booked in conjunction with The Old Curing Station there is a 5% discount

Wild Life:

Regularly seen from island - Herons, Cormorants, Oyster catchers, Curlews, Various Gulls, Doves and Hooded crows, Garden birds

Sometimes seen - Seals, Otter (very close to Otter cabin) Pine Marten, crosses bridge almost daily but still hard to spot, Rare toad family, ask if you would like to see them as they hide, Pheasants, Great Northern Diver, Eider Ducks, Buzzards

Special Sightings - Porpoise and Dolphins, Sea eagle


For coffee lovers - Complimentary Lilly coffee, Italian espresso stove pot, stainless steel milk frothier, and also a six cup cafetiere.

Tea lovers - complimentary tea bags, a lovely t-pot and lots of quality mugs

Both properties:

Drying facilities - Both places have a heated towel rail, access to washing lines and an indoor dryer. If a tumble dryer is required we would be happy to run a load for you complimentary. A washing machine and powder is provided in each place. Also an iron and ironing board and a hair-dryer. If you have forgotten hair straighteners or any other beauty essentials, Ian will be happy to lend you his, sorry I mean Jess!)

Large selection of books, fiction and non fiction. Board games and cards. Local walk guides and maps. Local attraction leaflets.

Freeview TV, video and DVD player


Fitted Smoke alarms, fire extinguisher and blanket, first aid kit, emergency torch and power cut kit.

Torches essential after dark outside and path requires good grip shoes at all times. For a night out, do the dry island shoe swap over :)

Comments from our Visitors

“We had a wonderful & relaxing 5 days in the cabin. Great Weather, Great views and lots of wildlife. - Charlie & Michelle”

“A Truly Magical experience – peace, quiet, fabulous setting and fabulous hosts. Ian & Jess could not have been more welcoming, Iona & Isla are lovely & chatty and Eilean the dog loves a tummy tickle. We spent many hours just sitting quietly looking out the window – words fail me in trying to describe the scenery and wildlife. Very, very sorry to leave but have booked to come back! - Alison & Iain.”

“Had a lovely stay! The Island is beautiful and the scenery is great. A massive thank you to Ian & Jess as well as the girls for letting us stay and being great hosts. We enjoyed the boat ride and catching our dinner. The facilities in this area are great and it's an overall charming place to stay – The Rolls”

Read more great reviews on Trip Advisor

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Contact Us

Comfortable, clean and welcoming holiday accommodation
Ian & Jess McWhinney
Dry Island
IV21 2AB

01445 741263

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