Trannish Island Bothy

SHARE own a small section of Trannish Island, located on Upper Lough Erne. The Bothy, originally a disused farm building, was restored in 2011 to provide a fantastic overnight camping and glamping experience. It is very popular with canoeists, boat users, youth groups and families.

Sleeping platforms inside the Bothy

Bothy Facilities

The Bothy can accommodate up to about 12 people sleeping inside and offers warm dry accommodation, self composting toilets (1 with 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.

Inside the Bothy there are some platforms which can be slept on, but no mattresses or bedding is provided. There is a small table and chairs, a wood burning stove, and cooking area. Users must bring their own cooking equipment including trangia/stove, utensils etc. along with any firewood required.

Feel free to use any branches you find laying on the ground but please do not cut any branches from the trees!

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 will be gratefully received, however, we would ask visitors not to leave any perishable food that will go off or attract rats.

Booking and Charges

All bookings for the Bothy are coordinated through SHARE. Contact on 028 6772 2122 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or email info@sharevillage.org for more information. The charge, which go towards running, administration and maintenance costs, must also be paid in full before allocation of key code.

Cost:

  • 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.

Please note: booking the use of the Bothy does not include the fenced camping area at 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.

Trannish Island Bothy is a stop on the Lough Erne Canoe Trail

Access to Trannish Island

The Bothy is located on the Western side of Trannish Island (OS Lough Erne Activity Map GR 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, clear of the water and tied down.

Canoe and Kayak Hire

SHARE offer a wide range of Canoe and Kayak Hire options, alongside wetsuit and map hire. SHARE can also organise Drop Offs along the Lough Erne Canoe Trail (at a small charge) for groups when booking in advance.

Canoe/Kayak Hire Costs:

  • £20 per kayak per half day
  • £30 per kayak per full day
  • £25 per canoe per per half day
  • £35 per canoe per full day

Paddles and Buoyancy Aids are included in the price.

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. 

Trannish Island Bothy featured on the Most Glamours Glamping Spots in Ireland in 2017