Dry Island Shellfish / Shellfish Safaris

Dry Island Shellfish / Shellfish Safaris
Dry Island, Badachro, Gairloch, Highland, IV21 2AB
  • Telephone 01445 741263
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  • Website www.dryislandshellfish.co.uk

Ian McWhinney and his family live on, and own, Dry Island, and are its only permanent inhabitants (as an aside, see McWhinney's spoof website islonia.com, which made headlines in 2010 for his tongue-in-cheek declaration of independence for their little island in the middle of Loch Gairloch). They make a living in diverse ways, variously letting out holiday accommodation, fishing for shellfish and running 'Shellfish Safaris' in the summer months, giving visitors the chance to catch their own supper of langoustines, crab or squat lobster. Ian's wife Jess runs a stall on Gairloch Pier selling a wide range of fish and shellfish straight from the boats and all from Scottish waters. They also attend farmers' markets all over the north of Scotland and deliver throughout the UK.

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Ian McWhinney and his family own and live on Dry Island in the middle of Loch Gairloch, and are its only permanent inhabitants. They make a living in diverse ways, variously letting out holiday accommodation, fishing for shellfish and running 'Shellfish Safaris' in the summer months, giving visitors the chance to catch their own supper of langoustines, crab or squat lobster. Ian's wife Jess runs a stall on Gairloch Pier selling a wide range of fish and shellfish straight from the boats and all from Scottish waters. They also attend farmers' markets all over the north of Scotland and deliver throughout the UK.

Reviews & features

Dry Island Shellfish - The Scottish island with its own shellfish industry

2 Jul 2013

In a remote corner of Wester Ross, a tiny coastal economy punches above its weight

What would you do with your own island? Well, Ian and Jess McWhinney, the ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ of Dry Island in Loch Gairloch, Wester Ross, gave their four acres, house and pier its own name (Islonia), currency (the crab), flag (a crab in a Saltire) and…