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Salt Island Bothy

SALT ISLAND BOTHY:  PLEASE NOTE SALT ISLAND BOTHY IS CLOSED FOR REPAIRS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Location

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.

Facilities

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 amanda.mcferran@nationaltrust.org.uk.

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.

Keys

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, Mount Stewart

T: +44 (0)28 4278 7837/+44 (0)28 4278 8387

E: mountstewart@nationaltrust.org.uk

Every Day

10.00 am-4.00 pm

National Trust Regional HQ
Rowallane House, Saintfield

T: +44 (0)28 9751 2366

E: roz.griffith@nationaltrust.org.uk

Mon-Fri

10.00 am-4.00 pm

Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum

T: +44 (0)28 4375 1467

E: murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

Mon-Fri

9.00 am-2.00 pm

Killyleagh Outdoor Education Centre

T: +44 (0)28 4482 8511/07730 756 070

E: irene.bankhead@seelb.org.uk 

Mon–Fri

9.00 am-2.00 pm

House of Sport
Upper Malone Rd, Belfast

T: +44 (0)28 9038 1222

E: mikemcclure@sportni.net

Mon-Fri

9.00 am-5.00 pm but keys can be collected until 9pm if pre-arranged

Castle Ward, Strangford

T: +44 (0)28 4488 1204

E: emma.armstrong@nationaltrust.org.uk

Mon-Fri

10.00 am-4.00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Ethos

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.

Emergencies

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.

Volunteering

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: craig.mccoy@nationaltrust.org.uk

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