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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

“Returned again this year to Dry Island... Had a wonderful few days at this beautiful and unique location. The bed and breakfast house is reached via a floating bridge from the lovely village of Badachro. The accommodation is great and you are made to feel very welcome and a hearty cooked Scottish breakfast awaits you in the morning.

The surrounding area is fantastic and is perfect for walkers and those who enjoy the outdoor life. The local inn is also within walking distance. ...”

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