Trannish Island Bothy is a rennovated island dwelling and campsite that provides a fantastic overnight camping experience with some shelter from the elements.
The Bothy was restored in 2011 and is located on Trannish Island on Upper Lough Erne close to the towns of Derrylin and Lisnaskea in County Fermanagh. It is a bunkhouse which provides basic shelter, accommodation, shower, toilet and camping facilities. It is very popular with canoeists, boat users, youth groups and families.
Trannish Island is one of 11 canoe access points of the Lough Erne Canoe Trail. The canoe trail was officially launched at the Bothy on 9th March 2012. For a map and guide see www.canoeni.com or ask on booking for an OS Activity Map of the area (charge applicable).
The Bothy can accommodate up to about 12 people sleeping inside and offers warm dry accommodation, self composting toilets (1 disabled access), showers (1 disabled access) two covered outdoor BBQ areas, a shelter for storing firewood and an area for hanging wet gear, etc, as well as a substantial campsite with the possibility of Tee-pees in Summer Months. There are some platforms which can be slept on, but no mattresses or bedding. There is a small table and some chairs, a wood burning stove, cooking areas. Users must bring their own cooking equipment including trangia/stove, utensils, etc, along with any fire wood needed. However, from time to time, SHARE will undertake small amounts of tree thinning and pruning as part of ongoing management. Feel free to use any branches you find laying on the ground but please do not cut any branches from the trees.
Inside of Bothy
To avoid disappointment, all users are advised to bring everything they think they will need during their stay, including drinking water, toilet paper, washing up liquid, cooking pots, matches, candles, etc. Many past users may donate such items on departure. Any additional donations would be gratefully received, however, we would ask visitors not to leave any perishable food that will go off or attract rats.
Access to the island
The Bothy is located on the Western side of the island OS Lough Erne Activity Map (available from reception) Grid Reference H323292), to the north side of the totem pole. The landing point is at the end of the short channel and is shallow at both sides. There is currently no pontoon, however small boats can land and be hauled up onto the beach. Lough Erne is not tidal, so assuming there is no torrential rain; you should not have to worry about tidal rise and drop assuming the boats are lifted up onto the shore well clear of the water and tied down.
Bookings and charges
All bookings for the Bothy are coordinated through Share Discovery Village on 028 677 22122. The charges, which go towards running, administration and maintenance costs, must also be paid in full before allocation of key code. Charges are as follows:
Bothy £8 per person per night sharing, OR
£80 for exclusive use of the Bothy.
Campsite £2 per person per night
Share cannot guarantee exclusive use of the campsite/island
Share do not provide tents for public use
Please note that booking the use of the Bothy does not include the fenced camping area at the western side of the Bothy or exclusive use of the showers and toilets. If you have booked to use the Bothy, for an evening stay, we expect visitors to vacate by midday the following day, to allow the handover of use to the next visitors. Arrival at the bothy is anytime after 3pm.
Please note that the island is only part owned by SHARE and often is inhabited by livestock, so please remember to close all gates and do not venture into fields or buildings other than those incorporated within the Bothy grounds. We encourage all visitors to comply with the ethics of “Leave No Trace”, taking particular care to minimise the effects of fire and remove all litter on departure.
Canoe and Kayak Hire
Share offer Canoe + Kayak Hire on a half day and full day basis. Drop offs along the Lough Erne Canoe Trail may also be available (at a small charge) for groups when booked well in advance. If you wish to hire equipment as part of your expedition, please highlight this on your booking form.
Access to the Bothy
A regularly changed key code is required for the Bothy doors which, after booking and payment, can be retrieved within opening hours from Share Discovery Village 028 6772 2122: Please note, this venue is not open 24hrs so it is vital that you phone ahead to obtain your key code.