SALT ISLAND BOTHY: PLEASE NOTE SALT ISLAND BOTHY IS CLOSED FOR REPAIRS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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 8 people (comfortably)-12 people (max) and offers a wood burning stove, kitchen area with sink but no cooker, two outdoor BBQs, table and chairs. NB Users should bring their own drinking water and wood to the island.
Booking and Charges
All bookings for the Bothy are coordinated through the National Trust via the Mount Stewart Office on 028 4278 7837/028 4278 8387 or email Amanda McFerran on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The charges, which go towards running, administration and maintenance costs, must also be paid in full before key collection. Charges are as follows:
- Bothy - £6 per person per night OR £60 for exclusive use
- There is no charge for camping at North Bay (north side of the island)
Camping is permitted anywhere on the north side of the island. There is not an actual marked site, however most people camp at either Brandy Bay (J528 502) or further north at J530 504.
The simple trench toilet is at this northern end behind a hedge line at J530 504. It is surrounded by a willow hurdle screen. Please bring a bucket/container to use sea water to flush the toilet.
The water tap is located along the eastern fence line that surrounds the woodland behind the bothy, located next to a water trough. It is roughly J531 502. Unfortunately the water line to the island is currently broken, so visitors should bring their own drinking water.
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:
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: email@example.com