On the edge of the world – and better for it

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. 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.

Bringing your boat?

Dry Island sits on the West Coast of Scotland, facing the Minch and Hebrides giving you a wonderful playground to explore in your boat.

We have 2 moorings available should you want to take this unique opportunity.

For those who are feeling a little more adventurous Badachro gives the shortest journey to St Kilda from the mainland. The trip can me made in around 4 hours, even with kids on board, and is a great day out. Don’t worry if that sounds too much for you as you can hire Ian as your skipper or guide for the day. He can show you some of the spectacular scenery up close.