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Site Camping* Toilets Showers Water Parking Nearest Town/Village
Portaferry - Yes - - Yes Portaferry - 700m
Horse Island - - - - Yes Kircubbin - 2.4km
Kircubbin - Yes - - Yes Kircubbin - 150m
Cunningburn - Yes - - Yes Greyabbey - 5km
Island Reagh - - - - Yes Lisbane - 6.3km
Ballydorn - - - - On road Balloo - 4.2km
Killyleagh - - - - Yes Killyleagh - 500m
Delamont Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Killyleagh - 3km
Salt Island Yes Yes - Yes - Killyleagh - 1.5 nautical miles
Castle Ward Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Strangford - 8km
Strangford - Yes - - Yes Strangford - 100m

* Campsite contact details:

Campsite Phone Number Web
Delamont Country Park 028 4482 8333
Salt Island Bothy / Campsite 028 4488 1204
Castle Ward Estate 028 4488 1204

Salt Island Bothy

Click here to download to complete booking notes which will help you maximise your Salt Island experience.


The Bothy is located on Salt Island on Strangford Lough just south of Killyleagh. It is a bunkhouse which provides basic accommodation for canoeists and was restored in June 2008.


The Bothy accommodates 12 people and offers running water, toilets, a wood burning stove, kitchen area with sink but no cooker, two outdoor BBQs, table and chairs. Users must bring their own wood to the island for the stove and any means of cooking.

Booking and Charges

All bookings for the Bothy are coordinated through the National Trust via the Castle Ward Reception on 028 4488 1204. The charges, which must be paid in full before key collection are as follows:

Bothy £6 per person per night OR
£50 for exclusive use
Camping at the Bothy site £6 per person per night
There is no charge for camping at North Bay (on the north side of the island).


A key is required for the bothy shutters and side door which, after booking and payment, can be collected within opening hours from one of the following locations:

Location Contact Opening Hours
National Trust
Castle Ward, Strangford
+44 (0)28 44881204 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and some weekends
National Trust Regional HQ
Rowallane House, Saintfield
+44 (0)28 9751 2366 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Murlough National Nature Reserve
+44 (0)28 4375 1467 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Killyleagh Outdoor Education Centre
+44 (0)28 4482 8511
Mon – Fri 9am-2pm
House of Sport
Upper Malone Rd, Belfast
+44 (0)28 9038 1222
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm but keys can be collected until 9pm if pre-arranged

Please note, these venues are not open 24hrs so it is vital that you phone ahead to arrange a convenient time to collect and return the keys.


All users will be expected to respect the Bothy, its contents and other guests, and to leave the Bothy and the surrounding site clean and tidy after their stay. Users must take all their rubbish with them off the island.


In an emergency contact the coastguard (999) or The National Trust Strangford Lough wardens on +44 (0)7776 462 537 or +44 (0)7900 678 411.


The National Trust has set up a ‘Friends of the Bothy’ group to help keep the Bothy and the island in good order. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Craig McCoy on +44 (0)7776 462 537 Email:

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