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Ian McWhinney and Jess Dodd

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 partner Jess Dodd.

Working together they make a living from selling shellfish that Ian catches, some of which makes its way to Gordon Ramsay's restaurants in London, while some is sold through local markets at Poolewe and Ullapool. Jess and Ian have been welcoming guests to their self-catering cottages for a number of 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 on his fishing boat, Zephyr, at Dry Island preparing for a Shellfish Safari

Ian McWhinney on his fishing boat, "Zephyr", preparing for a Shellfish Safari

“We stayed here for a week on a bed and breakfast basis and it was fantastic. The accomodation is situated on its own island in the middle of loch Gairloch, and is reached by a floating bridge. The situation was idillic; the room was well furnished and comfortable with tea and coffee facilities (and had lots of information about local amenities); the welcome was excellent; and the breakfast kept us going for most of the day.

The families and couple staying on the self catering cottages also appeared to be having a wonderful break with good facilities. This is an ideal place for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts, or those who just want a quiet break away ”

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Jess Dodd and Ian McWhinney of Dry Island
Ian McWhinney
Shellfish Safaris
Dry Island
IV21 2AB

01445 741263

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