Scotland's best-kept secret - until now - a blissfully remote, relaxing and windswept island, steeped in wildlife and history.
Nestled in the soothing waters of Gair Loch and circled by the breathtaking Torridon mountain range, you will discover the spectacular Dry Island. Just 90 minutes from Inverness, you'll be astonished by that blissful feeling of total seclusion as soon as you arrive. The island was recently featured in the TV programme 'City Life to Country Life' and it's easy to see why the family made the switch!
Accessed by a floating bridge and boasting three private self-catering cottages, Dry Island is the perfect place to relax and unwind, as you switch off from everyday life back home (that is, if you can even remember it!) With two moorings available, you can even visit Dry Island in your own boat - what a way to arrive.
Better still, you're guaranteed a warm Scottish welcome from the island's owner-residents, Ian and Jess. Ian is a descendent of the Mackenzies, who lived around Gair Loch since the 15th century, making their living through fishing and farming.
These days, Ian makes regular creel fishing trips from the island - in fact, why not join him on one of his famed ‘Shellfish Safaris' and catch yourself a fine seafood supper of langoustines, crab or squat lobster? If you're lucky enough you may catch a meteorite shower, or even the Northern Lights themselves, as you enjoy an after-dinner tipple on your decking.
Now it's time to choose your cosy self-contained bolthole, each one equipped with home comforts and outstanding views, along with their own private hot tubs. The Otter Cabin features a scenic decking area just five metres from the water's edge...
...and if you're thinking it'll be too cold to sit outside, the warm Gulf Stream makes for a surprisingly mild climate that attracts a wealth of wildlife. Otter Cabin is named for a reason; otters are just one of many amazing species you can expect to see during your stay.
Ground-floor apartment The Old Curing Station is a B-listed building for two that dates back to 1841, ideal if you want to immerse yourselves in history as well as outstanding views of the Torridon mountains.
Finally, the Captain's Cabin and camping barrel is a warm, rustic wooden cabin that sleeps two. The barrel features a cosy double bed under a curved roof, as well as a fire pit and BBQ area outside.
Spend a day on the sandy beach along the coast, go mountain climbing, or taking an invigorating walk. This is the perfect place to unleash your creative spirit, so why not paint a picture of the landscape, or plan out that bestselling novel?
If you're in the mood to explore further afield, across the sea lies Skye, the Isle of Rona and the Inner Hebrides. Boat trips can be arranged with Ian as your captain, ready and willing to show you more of this magnificent location up close.
(Oh, and the nearby village of Badachro has a fantastic pub and restaurant - a welcome haven after a long day out!)
However you spend your time, with this beautiful part of Scotland as your oyster, it's time to relax and indulge.
Things to note
Pets are permitted in Captain's Cabin & barrel and Otter Cabin at a cost of £10 per dog. Service washes are available at a cost of £5. Minimum 2 night stay. You may bring your own boat, enquire for details.
Region: Badachro, The Highlands
Cost (from): £100 per night
Bedrooms: 3 units
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 1443
Captain's Cabin & camping barrel sleeps 2 adults, double bed, bedding & towels provided, private toilet and shower, kitchen, sink, gas oven, microwave, kettle, kitchen equipment, electric cooler box, books & games, Freeview TV, DVD collection, guides, large decking, undercover outdoor seating, fire pit, bbq area, hot tub.
Otter Cabin sleeps 2, double bed, bedding & towels provided, shower room, toilet, open plan kitchen, oven, fridge, Freeview TV, outdoor deck, hot tub
The Old Curing Station sleeps 2, kingsize bed, bedding & towels provided, private toilet and shower, kitchen, sink, gas oven, microwave, kettle, dishwasher, cafetiere, kitchen equipment, Smart TV & Netflix books & games, guides, outdoor sofa, hot tub.
Mountain climbing, birdwatching, fishing, sailing, boat trips, Gin Distillery, shellfish safari, whale watching.
At a glance
- Three self-catering cottages on a private island nestled in Gair Loch, 90 minutes from Inverness: Otter Cabin, The Old Curing Station and Captain's Cabin
- The island is accessible by floating bridge, or bring your own boat! Please note that the island is unfortunately not suitable for those with mobility requirements.
- Each accommodation option has its own private hot tub.
- Bring shoes with a good grip, and a torch for negotiating the island path after dark!
- Take a ‘Shellfish Safari' with friendly owner Ian, enjoy a boat trip to Skye, laze on the sandy beach or take a long, invigorating walk...the choice is yours!