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Dry Island and Gairloch

Dry Island sits in the tranquil waters of Gair Loch (literally "short loch") where the Mackenzies have lived, fished and farmed since the 15th Century. Dry Island's current owner, Ian McWhinney is a descendent of the Mackenzies and still fishes for shellfish from the Island. He is very happy to take visitors out to harvest langoustines, crabs and squat lobsters from his creels.

Warm Gulf Stream waters make for a temperate climate which attracts plentiful wildlife, including seabirds, otters and whales which feast on the seasonal bounty of the sea. The loch is circled to the south by the dramatic Torridon Mountains including the 3300ft high Beinn Alligin and Slioch (3215ft), one of Scotland's finest mountains.

Inverness is the nearest city to Dry Island and is approximately 90 minutes drive away. Across the sea is Skye, the Isle of Rona and the Inner Hebrides and boat trips to the islands can be booked during your stay. The village of Badachro on the shores of Gair Loch has a fine pub with a restaurant in which to dine and relax after a day in the hills.

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

Comments from our Visitors

Ian McWhinney and his creels at Dry Island Holiday Cottage

Ian McWhinney prepares his creels ready for his next fishing trip

“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”

“Have really enjoyed our visit to Dry Island. The cosy cottage and the views from the decking were fabulous. We also loved the walks and amazing beaches. Our stay was made even more special thanks to the hospitality of Ian, Jess & the girls. We will not forget the wonderful fresh shellfish (caught fresh by Ian) and the unexpectedly sunny weather. Thank you – we would love to come back. - Denise”

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Dry Island
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