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Creel Cabin
(17 reviews)
From £475 per week
Sleeps 2
1 bedroom
1 double

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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 20 Sep 2019£565£170
Sat 21 Sep 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£535£160
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 25 Oct 2019£565£170
Sat 26 Oct 2019Fri 08 Nov 2019£475£145
Sat 09 Nov 2019Fri 20 Dec 2019£475£145
Sat 21 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£595£180
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£595£180
Sat 04 Jan 2020Fri 07 Feb 2020£495£150
Sat 08 Feb 2020Fri 03 Apr 2020£495£150
Sat 04 Apr 2020Fri 24 Apr 2020£590£175
Sat 25 Apr 2020Fri 22 May 2020£560£170
Sat 23 May 2020Fri 29 May 2020£590£175
Sat 30 May 2020Fri 19 Jun 2020£590£175
Sat 20 Jun 2020Fri 04 Sep 2020£625£180
Sat 05 Sep 2020Fri 25 Sep 2020£590£175
Sat 26 Sep 2020Fri 02 Oct 2020£560£170
Sat 03 Oct 2020Fri 23 Oct 2020£590£175
Sat 24 Oct 2020Fri 06 Nov 2020£495£150
Sat 07 Nov 2020Sun 20 Dec 2020£495£150
Mon 21 Dec 2020Sun 27 Dec 2020£625£180
Mon 28 Dec 2020Sun 03 Jan 2021£625£180


If you hold the desire to truly escape from everyday life, then a stay in Badachro is definitely for you.

Forget your car and leave your worries behind during your stay at Creel Cabin, and take in the magnificent views of Badachro Bay on the West Coast of Scotland. We challenge you to find anywhere else as peaceful and remote as Dry Island. Breathe in the fresh sea-air whilst you watch the wildlife that surrounds the loch. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some dolphins and seals.

The cabin is nestled amongst the trees upon the shore of the 'Isle of Islonia', where only one other property is located on the entire island. In order to reach Creel Cabin, you will walk down a steep path lined with quirky wooden 'creatures' to reach the floating bridge. Due to the nature of this path, unfortunately this property will be inaccessible to those in wheelchairs and for people with walking difficulties. At the end of the path you will reach a floating bridge. It is here that you realise you are about to say goodbye to the outside world and enter your own tranquil little bubble. The owner will greet you here and will take your luggage across by boat (and you too, if you so wish!), adding to the overall experience of your stay. 

Creel Cabin sleeps two people comfortably with a double bedroom, shower room and boasts a cosy open plan kitchen/living room area fitted to a good standard with all of the necessary appliances. You can easily sit and relax with your favourite tipple and gaze at the beautiful mountainous scenery from the sofa through the french windows. These open to a small decked area just 5m away from the waters edge with seating and a pit barbeque; the perfect place to spend those warm summer days. During low tide, you can walk over to a smaller island. The house sits in the idyllic setting for star gazing and occasionally you may spot the Northern Lights and meteorite showers.

As a fisherman himself, the owner of the property offers trips on his traditional creel fishing boat, where you can help him reel in the produce from the crystal-clear waters - a tradition that has been part of his family from centuries gone by. Complimentary fresh shellfish is also provided directly to your door at the beginning of your stay, with more available to purchase if you so wish. Knowing that your delicious dinner of lobster, langoustines, squat lobster or crab was caught in the waters surrounding the cabin is a satisfying way to end your day. If you don't fancy cooking, the famous Badachro Inn is situated a short distance away, where they will be more than happy to welcome you in with a pint and tell you all about the rich folklore of time gone by.

Also available - The Old Curing Station which sleeps 3.



All on one level:

Entrance hall, shower room with WC and WHB, double bedroom, open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge.

Bike and canoe hire available and by arrangement with the owner.

Dry Island is one of 20 best secret British isles as recommended in the Saturday Times Travel Section July 18 2015.


  • Badachro Inn about 2 minutes by car
  • Gairloch has fuel and a range of shops – about 5 miles
  • BBQ
  • CD/radio
  • Cot
  • DVD player
  • Electricity included
  • Fridge with ice box
  • Garden furniture
  • Gas hob
  • Hair dryer
  • High chair
  • IPod dock
  • Linen provided not towels
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor play area
  • Parking on mainland, access via coastal path and floating foot bridge or owners boat
  • Private garden
  • Small electric oven
  • TV with Freeview
  • Washing machine
  • Waterside
  • Wi-fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Reviews

    (17 reviews)
    Creel Cabin reviews
    We spent our honeymoon in this outstandingly beautiful setting. Jess and Ian are lovely hosts. Totally on hand if we needed them with advice on where to go when the weather was wet and helped us on our first night as we arrived quite late and had no supplies. The island has breathtaking views and our cabin was just perfect for us to spend together on our first few days as Husband and wife. Seals and otters came to the island which was a lovely surprise. Amazing place to visit.
    Miss Welsh - August 2019
    We wanted peace and quiet and we got everything we wanted, plus a little bit of adventure too. The floating bridge is interesting when the tide is in, but not a problem at any state of the tide. The views from the cabin are amazing and the wildlife that visits (including seals and otters) make it of interest at any time of the day. The cabin has everything you need and its setting within the woodland on the island couldn't be beaten. Wester Ross is a wild area, so don't expect tea rooms every 100 yards, but there are sufficient places to grab a coffee or a lunch, if that's what you want. We will be back!
    Mr Greggan - July 2019
    The area around Badachro and Badachro itself was stunning, even in the rain. Dry Island was an adventure to get to and all part of the experience. Our luggage was taken over in Ian's boat and he helped us with it to the cabin. The view from the cabin......... stunning. Lots of wildlife to see although we didn't see any otters. Peaceful and relaxing. There was a hot tub, which we thought we wouldn't really use, but we did! Sometimes late evening, looking over the bay and watching the tide go in and out. It is totally secluded. We could see across to the local inn, but they could not see us. Badachro inn is just a short walk either by a path skirting the water or by the road. Good atmosphere and very friendly staff/owner. If going for dinner and fond of fresh seafood, go earlier as it ran out pretty quickly when we were there. Lunch was good too. We could sit outside and look over to our island and towards Creel Cabin. The only part you can see, and you really have to look hard, is the fence in front of the hot tub. We went to local beaches and to beaches near Gairloch, which were beautiful, but always keen to get back to our own little paradise. The facilities inside the cabin are perfectly adequate. Lovely patio doors looking out to the sea and the moored yachts. Couch is a bit soft. Ian, Jess and their family were lovely. There if required but happy to leave you in peace. We would love to go back to the Cabin but only wish it was for four people as we have friends who we would love to have shared this wonderful experience with. When leaving, Ian very kindly gave us some squat lobster tails to take home with us. Very yummy! We will be back.
    Mrs Millard - June 2019
    Beautiful location, right at the water's edge. Lots of birdlife and seals in front of the cottage. The accommodation was very good value, but could, possibly, benefit from a little refurbishment. The hot tub was well worth the extra cost and the owner was very pleasant and helpful. We had a very enjoyable and relaxing week, thank you.
    Mrs Burke - May 2019
    Superb location, well priced,friendly owner and as peaceful as you like. Accommodation has everything you need, nothing too fancy but ,perfectly adequate for a cosy stay near Gairloch Would certainly go again and can recommend it for anyone seeking tranquillity on the west coast of Scotland.
    Mr Morton - September 2018
    Ian & Jess made us so welcome but also were never intrusive. The cottage was clean and very well equipped. We had wonderful weather so no complaints at all. The Badachro Inn we had food there every night it is the best of food very fresh and beautiful in the presentation also. The bar staff were very friendly. We would recommend a trip out in Ian,s boat it was very educational . The scenery was so stunning truly a beautiful place to visit
    Mrs Baxter - June 2018
    My second stay in the cabin and it won’t be my last. Ticks all the boxes for me and is the perfect getaway and great value
    Mr Hunt - May 2018
    Creel cabin was in an amazing location, tucked away on Dry Island and not overlooked. Compact, slightly dated, but has everything you need (other than a proper oven). Wifi in the cabin. So much wildlife to see from just sitting on the sofa! Even when the weather was really bad it wasn't boring to just sit in the cabin and watch the ever changing scenery. Ian and Jess were great hosts, and Ian was very kind and welcoming, taking our luggage to and from the Island on his boat. Highlight was going on Ian's Shellfish Safari- a must if you're staying on the Island. Nice 10-20 minute walk to the Badachro Inn (depending on the state of the tide!). Tasty local food, helpful and friendly staff and locals, and beautiful view back over to the Island. If you can get your hands on some kayaks or canoes I would definitely recommend doing this around the Island and paddling out to see the seals etc. They're very inquisitive and followed us around! Lovely week of exploring, walking, driving and nature. Only tiny criticism would be that the cabin wasn't the cleanest on our arrival, however when you're trudging in and out wet and muddy anyway it didn't really matter too much. The location far overrides the cleanliness situation. A real heartbreak to leave this place!
    Miss Barker - September 2017
    It's not plush. The prices reflect that but we loved staying here. Loved the quirkiness of the place, the walk on the drain pipe bridge to get to the cabin, the small space in the cabin. The view from the cabin is the best view I've ever had on any holiday let ever. It was dry warm and functional. Had WiFi! Pub close by is very good and they seem to get distinguished guests (kid you not princess Anne tipped up for lunch while we were there). The walks in the and around the area are stunning, there was a great ceildah at a nearby village, the botanical gardens there are amazing too. Loved staying in the cabin. Very likely to go back.
    Ms Green - August 2017
    Basic but comfortable cabin with all you need for a truly relaxing break. Magical views which you will not tire of. Loads to do in the area and the Shellfish safari is a must.
    Mrs Jamieson - August 2017
    If you like all nature has to offer you will love Creel Cabin. The location is unique with amazing changing views from the sofa or down on the decking . You reach it via a floating bridge but Ian who is very friendly and helpful takes your luggage by boat. We were given some shellfish and told how to cook it and found it delicious. My husband went out on a shellfish safari while we were there as Ian runs these as a business and got a large red crab. It was fun cooking it and learning how to extract all of the meat which was also very tasty. The cabin is basic but provides everything you need for a comfortable stay. We took our lounger so I could sun bathe on the decking which was very relaxing and a great destress. There is a pub 10 mins walk back to the mainland so we visited that a few times. This also is in an amazing location providing views of the boats and birds sitting gently on The Loch around Dry Island. Our favourite thing about the experience however was the wildlife. We saw seals everyday on the way out of Badachro and on a visit to Ullapool we saw 2 red deer. We drove over to Applecross on the west coast and saw a stag right in the village. On Dry Island itself there are numerous birds to watch and listen to, but the best sighting was of a sea otter. One night around 10.30 I was standing on the rocky outcrop outside the cabin and was able to video an otter coming and going for about 10 mins. It was fab. Creel Cabin is Unique. Definitely worth the long drive to get to it.
    Mr Moore - July 2017
    Loved it. Will definitely book for longer next time. Ian and Jess were very helpful. Slightest quibble. We couldn't get the DVD player to work on the TV. Didn't detract from a fantastic break.
    Mr Shields - February 2017
    Awesome place. Isolated but lovely village if you fancy being social in the evening - the local pub is excellent and serves good food. Beautiful landscape everywhere nearby, Benn Eigh is close. So peaceful relaxing at the cabin and the views are great and the owners are very nice. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. Would definitely come back.
    Mr Desforges - December 2016
    You come to this cottage for the amazing setting, and for a bit of adventure. Firstly, you really don't want to come if you are not mobile. There is no problem with luggage - Ian your host collects it from Badachro pier by boat, and returns it there at the end. However it is a ten minute walk from the cottage to the car parking, mainly by roughish path, floating bridge and a bit of a climb. For us that was all part of the fun! The view from the cottage was stunning. Ian is an excellent host. The fishing from the Island was good. Badachro pub did excellent food, particularly for lunches. The area is stunning. Perhaps the best bit is the giant french window overlooking the sea and mountains, where you can watch the changing scenery, plus wildlife as much as you want. We saw seals and otters from the window. The cottage has everything you need, although a bit basic. The wifi in the cottage is great! So why only 4 stars? Just a few niggles - although we phoned up a week ahead as asked and said when we would turn up (on the Sunday) - when we got there, there was no boat for our luggage, but luckily (for the price of a couple of pints) a guy in the pub took our luggage over. It would not have been practical to carry from the car. The cottage felt a bit "end of season-ish" - we went in October - and probably needed a refreshing for new year. Couldn't open the bedroom window. Several lighters in the cabin, but when we had a couple of powercuts found none of them worked. Few other things like that. I'm sure through the winter these little niggles will be sorted for the new season. Things to do? Badachro Inn was good. Red point beach - particularly the southern one - was amazing. Go on one of Ian's fishing trips - fantastic. And Inverewe gardens were utterly stunning. Had great fun cooking the shell-fish Ian provided - I've never cooked a crab before, and never heard of the really tasty "Squat Lobster" - Ian gives all the help you need! This is a great place for a holiday. You need to be mobile. With the few niggles sorted for the new year it is a stunning place to go.
    Rev Ireland - October 2016
    Creel cabin on Dry Island is a lovely getaway retreat. Friendly owners and local pub. Stunning scenery and wildlife. A great place to explore the area of Wester Ross. We loved it.
    Mrs Clayton - July 2016
    Would definitely recommend! My partner & I had a wonderful time. So much to do in the local area, great waterfall walks, whale watching tours & glass bottom boat trips. We missed out on the pony trekking unfortunately, but it was another something to do. However, just for lazy rainy days we were quite happy to sit & look out the patio doors & watch the tide roll in & out. Absolutely amazing. Ian & Jess were great, both very helpful. We didn't manage to get out on the Sea Safari, but Ian was kind enough to bring us down some local delicacy lobster tails that he had caught - delicious!
    Mrs Penneck - August 2015
    What a find, the cabin overlooked a tidal bay, with patio doors what a vista! we saw Herons, seals, and fish.We stayed in Creel Cabin in December, this was not a detergent for us getting out to Redpoint Sands, we were the only people on the beach. The town of gairloch is small however you will find the provisions you need, the shop at Strath has a cheese counter, with a decent selection to choose from. You can go for coffee in a number of places in the town our favourite by far was the Steading, wish we had gone for lunch instead of coffee and cake, which was delicious. Iain and Jess the owners of Creel Cabin were welcoming when we arrived and brought us 2 lobsters to cook for our dinner, fantastic. Well worth staying here this was a relaxing break.
    Mrs Jamieson - December 2014