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Dry Island Dry Island Badachro, Gairloch IV21 2AB Scotland
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#3 of 9 Speciality lodging in Gairloch
Dry island is a unique place to stay. It is situated in Badachro Bay and linked to the mainland from a private car park by a floating bridge. The comfortable and cosy accommodation consists of 3 self-catering places that sleep two. There is a great pub 10mins walk away. Amazing sea views and great for otter watching.
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Dry Island Dry Island Badachro, Gairloch IV21 2AB Scotland
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Jacqui K wrote a review Aug. 2021
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Just had a lovely 6 nights stay on dry island. Beautiful scenery and the cottage was homely and had everthing we needed but definitely needs updating.....the bathroom especially as there is a bit of dampness but on the whole a lovely place. The walk down the cliff edge would not do for people with mobility issues or for the eldely but if you are fit, then its no problem. Fantastic views and walks around the area with more to explore if you stayed a bit longer. Overall, great place to stay. Roddy & Jacqui King
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
emma wrote a review Jul. 2021
Sheffield, United Kingdom1 contribution
Absolutely beautiful island and mini break! Just what the doctor ordered. Peaceful and a well needed rest. Ian and Jess were very welcoming and we felt so at home there. The captains cabin was just amazing. You feel as if you’re in the middle of nowhere (which you are really) and surrounded by nothing but wildlife… We will be back and for longer.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Ian McWhinney, Owner at Dry Island
Responded Jul. 22, 2021
Hi Emma, thank you for your review, popped up to see you this morning to give you your passports, thank you for leaving everything immaculate, looking forward to to seeing you soon cheers ian
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HelenStonyStratford wrote a review Oct. 2020
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom160 contributions58 helpful votes
This was our 3rd visit to Dry Island, staying in Otter Cabin. The view is mesmerising, the scenery stunning. For us it really doesn't get any better. Lots to explore in the local area too, highly recommend Mellon Udrigle beach, the pass across to Applecross and the drive between Shieldaig and Kinlochewe which takes you through Glen Torridon. The cabin is small, warm and cosy. Equipped with what you need to cook for yourself, if that's what you choose to do. No oven as such (on our first visit we turned up with ingredients for a full Christmas dinner!) but the addition of a little tabletop oven works well. The hot tub is a wonderful idea, sitting out on a cold night enjoying the view across the bay. There really is nowhere else like Dry Island. One proviso: be aware of the 10-15 minute walk from the car park, down the steps, along the shoreline and across the wonderful floating bridge, to get to the accommodation. Plus if you're in Otter Cabin there's a rocky slope to get to the other side of the island where the cabin is. Great fun and absolutely no problem for able bodied people but maybe not suitable for elderly or disabled visitors. Ian will transport your luggage across by boat, if you make arrangements in advance. Thank you once again to Ian, Jess and family for sharing their little piece of paradise with us. See you again for sure.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TravelTime wrote a review Sep. 2020
3 contributions3 helpful votes
One of the happiest places we’ve ever had the pleasure of staying. Quiet, secluded and beautiful. All of the basics are covered and then a little bit of luxury with the new wood fired hot tub. Couldn’t recommend highly enough
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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magnard1963 wrote a review Jul. 2020
York, United Kingdom35 contributions13 helpful votes
Brilliant place to go for quiet and rest and especially shellfish. Owner Ian is a shellfisherman and takes guests out on shellfish safaris which are great fun and entertaining. You might catch something (we didn’t) but in any case Ian is very generous with his catch and charges very little for it. The facilities are well equipped and homely. It’s not luxury nor does it pretend or need to be but there is one luxurious touch in the outdoor log-fired Finnish hot tub (note you need to start filling and heating in the morning to have it lovely by late afternoon/evening). We rented The Bothy and Barrel in which most of the accommodation was in The Bothy but the Barrel contained the bed. It’s cosy but not claustrophobic. The shower/toilet is separate but really a few steps and not as far as some reviews imply. Getting to and from Dry Island is not easy with luggage but Ian makes it a lot easier by transporting large bags by boat. Carrying our smaller bags along the path down the wooded hill and to the bridge to the island wasn’t something I’d want to do every day but the place is special and worth it. There are paths across the island leading to view points but the island is small and you’ll probably want to explore more widely. Gairloch is a 5 mile drive and has shops including a very good if pricey butcher. We didn’t see otters on Dry Island (except their slimy black poo ‘spraints’,) but we did see one fishing unconcernedly in the shoreline seaweed at one of Gairloch’s lovely beaches. You could also do longish day trips to Ullapool in the North or The Isle of Skye in the South but we had to abandon those plans due to car trouble. There really are very few negatives with the place or its hosts Ian, Jess and family (including a cute inquisitive dog called Dubh, who stops by on his wanderings). If you’re the sort of person who finds fault with a wobbly table there is a wobbly table there just for you. But the couple of things that needed attending to by Ian were attended to straight away. We’ll definitely return to try the other place on the island Otter Cabin and absolutely recommend a stay on Dry Island.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dry Island
Which popular attractions are close to Dry Island?
Nearby attractions include Gairloch Museum (3.4 km), Shieldaig Falconry (3.2 km), and Red Point Beach (7.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dry Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at Dry Island?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Dry Island?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Dry Island?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dry Island?
Conveniently located restaurants include Coast Coffee Company, The Barn Cafe, and The Shieling Restaurant.
Are any cleaning services offered at Dry Island?
Yes, a clothes dryer and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Dry Island?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Dry Island have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.