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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
Complex of properties
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

One-of- two detached properties 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.

Salty dogs and fishing pals will love the privacy and tranquillity of this waterside property on Dry Island. Leave the car behind on the Scottish mainland and enjoy the feeling of escape from busy lifestyles, as you cross over on the floating footbridge to this hidden treasure with its picture-postcard sea and mountain views. There’s a friendly pub just a mile away, and shops and village amenities in Gairloch (6.5 miles) in the North-West Highlands, ideal for fun-loving couples, canines and families.

Step on to the island, The Kingdom of Islonia is an independent micro-nation - Rover is bound to approve. Step inside your cosy, self-contained ground floor area of a country-style cottage with its rich vibrant hues. Enjoy the bright and airy feel of the open-plan dining and living area, while the kitchen space makes mealtimes a breeze. Enjoy favourite films together in the living room, or hot tub soaks in the sunshine. As evening falls, you’ll find a double bedroom, a shower room (please bring towels), and a shared patio at the front of the building - the perfect spot for Rover to steal sausages from your al fresco BBQ dining treats.

Take a traditional creel fishing boat tour with the owner, and trawl for lobster, langoustine and crabs - a feast to enjoy in your holiday retreat. See abundant wildlife in the local area including birds, seals and dolphins, and enjoy four-legged wanders in the fresh country air of the surrounding hills and majestic mountains. Sporty guests can hire bikes and canoes by arrangement, or head for the sandy beaches of Gairloch (6.5 miles). Visit Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and mountain trail near Loch Maree (11 miles. Or pack a picnic with dog treats, and amble the circular trail in Achnashellach (6.5 miles) where you’ll find pup-loving pine woods and waterfalls.

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 owner
  • 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.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Patricia 2nd February 2020

Fully equipped cottage you only need toiletries, Towels were provided.

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

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