Holiday House Details
The Old Curing Station
(16 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 are looking for an island getaway, this is literally it. An island (almost) entirely to yourselves. Dry Island is a serene and peaceful location that appeals mostly to those looking for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Leave the car behind on the mainland and enter a world of breathtaking sea views set amongst a backdrop of mountains.

The Old Curing Station is a self-contained ground floor area of a B Listed building on Dry Island. As one of only two buildings on the entire island, you will become part of the micro-nation of the independent isle dubbed 'The Kingdom of Islonia'. The property consists of a double bedroom, shower room, kitchen and dining/living room, and has a shared patio at the front of the building where you can sit and watch the sunset in a beautiful location with a glass of wine in hand. The recently refurbished kitchen contains all of the essentials, and the dining area creates a place where you can admire the stunning scene outside whilst tucking into your fresh shellfish that the owner has provided you with upon your arrival.  At the back of the house there is a 'sun trap' area with furniture and a barbeque, giving you a place to make the most of the Scottish sunshine.

The owner will greet you 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. It is here that you say goodbye to the outside world and look forward to a break from your everyday life. There are opportunities for boat trips in the form of going on a traditional creel fishing boat with the owner, who comes from a family of fisherman. Test your trawling skills with plenty of lobster, langoustine and squat crabs out in the loch waiting to be caught - dinner you have caught yourself tastes much better!

The setting of this property means that it is in a prime location for spotting wildlife: birds, seals and dolphins can be seen on occasion from the house itself, with it being only a few metres away from the water line. The surrounding hills and mountains provide excellent hill walking opportunities, with numerous Munros to be bagged during your stay in Badachro. After a day of being out and about, there is nothing better to do than come back to the nearby Badachro Inn for a tipple before setting back down the path to the cosy Old Curing Station.

Also available is Creel Cabin (sleeps 2)



All on one level:

Entrance hall, shower room, kitchen, open plan dining room/lounge with double sofa bed , double bedroom.

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
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Electric cooker
  • Electricity included
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Garden furniture
  • Hair dryer
  • High chair
  • IPod dock
  • Linen provided not towels
  • Microwave
  • Parking on mainland, access via coastal path and floating foot bridge or owner's boat
  • Private garden
  • TV with Freeview
  • Washing machine
  • Waterside
  • Wi-fi
  • 1 Pet only - £20.00 charge per Week per Pet
  • Hot Tub
  • Reviews

    (16 reviews)
    The Old Curing Station reviews
    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.
    Mrs Gemmell - August 2019
    A special place to stay in a lovely area. A hideaway on its own island yet still only a short scenic walk along the shore to Badachro to a wonderful pub with great food. The island is owned by a delightful family who could not have been more friendly and helpful. The loch is a beautiful natural harbour with lots of interesting places to explore. We can also recommend the dog friendly 'Cafe on the Peir' in Gairloch for good food and friendly service.
    Mrs Burke - June 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 well 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.
    Mr Thame - March 2019
    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 cut 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!
    Ms Campbell - August 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 the 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.
    Mr Bainsfair - July 2018
    Visited Dry Island for 5 nights from Feb 12th, there was a party of 4 adult plus 2 small dogs, 2 adults staying in the curing station and 2 staying Creel cabin. The accommodation is clean and has ample space for 2 people and is well equipped, there is a path down the hillside along the loch side until you come to the floating bridge which takes you across to the island. Ian will arrange with you prior to you visit and pick up your luggage and transport it by boat as it is quite a distance to carry your luggage. I can honestly say that we all had a wonderful stay the views were amazing, Ian was a great help and the people at the local pub friendly. It is an ideal place just to relax, however there are plenty of places and things to do nearby Mellon Udrigle Beach is worth a visit and the Torridon hills provide a good day out for those who like the exercise and thrill of hill walking. All in all a totally amazing holiday in a very special place, we will definitely be making a return trip.
    Mrs Kirby - February 2018
    Had a fantastic week exploring with our dog, so many places to go walking in the area. The owners were exceptionally welcoming and very helpful and their wee dog had a great run around with ours each morning! The cottage is really quite quirky being set on the island, so definitely for the able bodied to access as we were well notified of in advance. The bridge was rather slippy in the snow but that was to be expected. We had cold weather but the cottage itself was really well heated so very cozy when the snow was falling. The accommodation was sufficient if slightly tired, but clean and it contained everything we needed to thoroughly enjoy our week. The local pub, The Badachro Inn was very welcoming, again to us and our dog, and the food was really good. We ate in there a couple of times as it is very easily walk-able from the cottage.
    Mr Edwards - December 2017
    The location is quite stunning. The building is split with the owners living in the other half. This was not a problem, they were very welcoming and gave us freshly caught shellfish a couple of times. We also enjoyed two nice meals in the Badachro Inn, which was about a ten-minute walk along the beach. Our dog was welcome both in the cottage and the inn. There was plenty to do in the area without having to travel very far. The only drawback with the house was that we found the bed a bit uncomfortable despite it being fairly new. Note that access could be challenging for people with mobility problems. There is no food shop in Badachro, there are several in Gairloch village which are open seven days.
    Mr Henderson - July 2017
    The cottage is in a wonderful position and, although perhaps a little basic in décor/style, had absolutely everything we needed. Ian and Jess were excellent hosts and very informative about the island and area. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon creel fishing with Ian and enjoyed the langoustines and squat lobsters he gave us even more. Would definitely recommend this property for an able bodied couple
    Mr Brothwood - April 2017
    Friendly owners, good experience of luggage transport to and from island. Enjoyed local seafood, donated by owner. Cottage small but had all we needed. Guttering on house needs fixing. Could have done with information about distance to walk from car to sea crossing on 'bridge' and steepness of slope - in brochure only the bridge was mentioned. Would recommend this cottage to friends and family as staying on an island is so unusual!
    Owners Response: "Thank you for your review and just as an update for this review and previous the apartment has had a beautiful complete renovation. All dampness has been removed, new floors fitted etc."
    Mrs Costello - May 2016
    We had an amazing week on dry island. If you want peace, in a beautiful location, a chance to recharge your batteries this place is ideal. It can be hard work getting to the island, lots of steps, a path that can flood at high tide, a floating bridge. But the peace when you get there makes it worthwhile.
    Mr Brown - October 2015
    A lovely stay in an idyllic setting on the Dry Island. The cottage was very comfortable and the Jess and Ian were so friendly and helpful. Beautiful countryside and wildlife. I will definitely be back to stay in the future.
    Dr Campbell - April 2015
    We enjoyed every moment of our stay in the Old Curing Station on Dry Island. The cottage had everything we needed for our stay in the West Highlands. It is an old historic cottage and because of its age did have an air of dampness but there are plenty of heaters provided to make it warm and cosy. The owners were friendly and helpful and endeavoured to make our stay a good one. We were offered fresh crabs and lobsters during our stay. To get to and from Dry Island, you do have to negotiate a steep hill, boardwalks,rough ground and the famous floating bridge and although it was a bit of a challenge, I would say it was a highlight of our stay. The local Badachro Inn is really worth a visit and we enjoyed Gairloch Pantry and a Wildlife cruise from Gairloch Harbour too. The scenery all around is stunning. The views from the cottage were beautiful and we saw seals in the Loch.The most exciting thing was the evening visits from the Otters, who were searching the garden for fish. You definitely need a good torch if you are returning to the cottage after dark and possibly "wellies" for when the tide is high! If you are looking for somewhere unique to stay then The Curing Station is the one for you.
    Mrs Jeffery - October 2014
    Very warm welcome from the owners, who were very kind and pleasant. Location of the house is very exceptionnal so close to the sea with a charming surrounding. Good and convenient catering for 2 people. Recommanded for able people to walk on the very nice access path to the house.
    Mr Lahaye - July 2014
    Outstanding location. Outstanding welcome from Ian, Jess and the rest of the family. Great accommodation. The wobbly bridge is an inspirational feat of engineering and plastic. Steps down a bit sore for anyone with dodgy knees or hips. Trip out with Ian to lift creels was a great experience for city folks like us, especially Beth (aged 7). The views from the cottage are spectacular and the surrounding area one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
    Mrs O Hagan - July 2014
    Ian and Jess, the owner, are very friendly and helpful. Thanks a lot. Dry island is a pretty, small and interesting island. The cottage is small but for 2 people is ok. I missed the important notice that the cottage is just one part of the house. You have to share the cottage with the owner. So we liked them but it`s not for everyone.
    Mrs Meili - June 2014