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The Old Curing Station

Badachro, The Highlands
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Experience true island living at this secluded property
  • Spacious, open-plan living with a homely, cosy touch
  • Perfect property for a peaceful and romantic getaway
  • Delightful private garden with hot tub
  • A short distance to a great pub with wonderful food and drink
  • Remote location allows you to admire the area's wildlife
Property code: CA357

Set in a spectacular and secluded location, experience life with an entire island (almost) to yourself when staying at this cosy ground floor property – the perfect retreat for unwinding from life's daily stresses.

Soak in your hot tub and gaze out across your magnificent island and Highland surroundings. Sleeping just two guests, your romantic Dry Island retreat is a unique holiday haven. Set in magical tranquillity, the enchanting, self-contained accommodation comprises the ground floor of one of the only two buildings on the island. Wave goodbye to your car on the mainland and enter a world that is almost your very own.

The single-storey accommodation has been arranged to ensure you return to complete comfort after a day out exploring this corner of Scotland. Enjoy the magnificent scenery from the warmth of your bijou holiday home. Put your feet up and simply relax within its homely living space.

Enjoy the novelty of being met by the owner, who will take your luggage over to your holiday home. Follow the winding wooden path, cross the floating bridge and enter your special apartment. Discover the atmospheric lounge/diner, where you can watch TV and chat about your exciting holiday. Prepare tasty fresh seafood in the recently upgraded kitchen and dine together as you take in the magnificent vistas outside. Find the inviting double bedroom and the bathroom also conveniently close by.

Bask in the warm Scottish sunshine as you BBQ out in your courtyard garden behind the house. Sit out on the shared patio at the front to watch the sun go down after a marvellous day. Enjoy a cool glass of wine or a warming whisky and absorb the serenity of the incredible setting.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 1 bedroom - double room
  • 1 bathroom - shower room
  • Electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine
  • Highchair and cot available upon request
  • CD/radio, TV with Freeview, DVD player, iPod dock
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not included
  • Private rear garden with BBQ, garden furniture and hot tub. Shared patio at the front of the house
  • The owner will greet guests at the car park to take your luggage over to the island whilst you take the winding wooden path down to the waters edge to cross the floating bridge across to the property
  • The property is a self-contained ground floor area of a B Listed building
  • Bike and canoe hire available and by arrangement with the owne
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Shop within 5 miles

Situated in picturesque Badachro Bay and with dramatic views out over the water and towards the mountains, Dry Island is a truly spell-binding place to stay. From the apartment itself and in the surroundings you can spot an incredible array of wildlife; look out for seals and dolphins, for example, as well as all sorts of birds.

Head out for short or long walks from the home. Cross the bridge to explore the glorious landscapes of the north-west Highlands. Keen hikers can also make the most of their proximity to the Torridon Hills: Baosbheinn, Beinn Eighe, Ben Alligin and Liathach are all within striking distance. Pick up the renowned North Coast 500 touring route, which links many beautiful north Highland sights, approximately 3 miles from your base, and head as far as you choose.

Spend a few hours in the charming village of Gairloch, just over 6 miles away, with its independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Go 5.5 miles to Redpoint, with its swathes of sand and breathtaking views to out to Raasay, Skye and the Western Isles. Drive almost 11 miles to the beautiful beach at Big Sand for a picnic and to paddle or swim on warm days.

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mrs Gemmell August 2019

Great stay on dry island . Ian Jess & family made us feel very welcome.They could not do any more to make our holiday good. They invited us to the village bbq which was good. Ians boat trip is very interesting. Thank you to you all.

Reviewed by Mr Thame March 2019

Loved our week in this lovely location. Both on arrival and departure all our luggage was transferred as promised by boat and even placed in the cottage ready for us when we arrived over the bridge and on leaving Iain took it to the boat for us while we went back to the car. The bridge is nowhere near the challenge I expected it to be as it is wellRead more secured with ropes at several points which keeps it very stable.The curing house has everything needed for a comfortable stay and of course the all singing all dancing hot tub is now in place. The weather was not the best but that is to be expected in early March. Because of this we were not really able to take full advantage of the island but was no great hardship to stay in the comfortable cottage. We had a walk round and had a look at Otter Cabin as it was not occupied and that is equally as comfortable with a view through the french windows to die for. And the hot tub nestled among the trees. The Badachro Inn is a nice welcoming pub and we loved the old world traditional grand hotel charm of the Sheidaig Lodge. Would also highly recommend a visit to the Highland Wildlife Park a very pleasant drive into the Cairngorms. Taking it leisurely will take about 2 hours but well worth it. Not at all like a zoo all the animals are in huge natural enclosures with plenty of room to roam and an unusual selection...loved the polar bears and snow leopards. The area surrounding Dry Island is stunning. Would also recommend the Sheiling Cafe in Gairloch for a fabulous breakfast orange juice and a basket of toast included...yum. And if shopping for meat or game Kenneth Morrison the butcher in Gairloch sells top notch produce. Again yum. Hide

Reviewed by Ms Campbell August 2018

The old curing station is functional clean and comfortable. But the Curing station is not the reason to stay..... just somewhere to sleep. Its all about the experience of staying on the island. To experience staying on Dry Island, is magical. The bridge isn't as wobbly or scary as it looks on photos- we didn't even get wet feet! The sense of being Read morecut off, whilst being a 15 minute wander to the fantastic pub is superb. its a very very special place. The views and the peace..... just amazing. Yes, theres a bit of a walk to the carpark, but its a lovely walk. The pub walk is also great, particularly in the dark a bit tipsy with a torch. jess and ian and their lovely kids are fab. And interact as little or as much as you choose. Ian is a very funny and interesting man. His shellfish safari I would recommend. Who even knew a pipe fish existed? superb. Plus you get your money back in Shellfish! The whole area is wonderful. Beautiful, peaceful, dramatic scenery, amazing beaches. Just go. And don't forget your dog - dog heaven! Hide

Reviewed by Mr Bainsfair July 2018

The bay is quiet, beautiful and full of wildlife. The island offers a great space to chill out, retreat from the hubbub and take time to be. The hosts - Ian and Jess - are very friendly and helpful. Their dog Doudh welcomed our wee Schnauzer Finlay, and they played well together. The boat trip into the bay with Ian was a real treat. Kayaking off thRead moree pier and around the bay was also brilliant. The accommodation was fine - a really comfortable bed and cosy sitting room. Everything you could need in a kitchen and all the appliances worked fine. The shower was a little erratic although there was plenty of hot water in both shower and kitchen. The internet was a bit slow, which was only a problem if watching Netflix or using the computer for work (sadly we needed to). Overall we had a great holiday in a very special place and would consider returning. For eating out, we would recommend Badachro Inn above all other restaurants in the area. The food was fresh, tasty with a friendly service and offered good vegetarian options. You can also take dogs into the bar. Hide

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