Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Salt Island

Six of us spent the day on beautiful Salt Island, a National Trust property on Strangford Lough. Craig collected us from the slipway at Killyleagh Yacht Club and we made the ten minute journey over to the island, landing on the Killyleagh side.

The picture above is a view towards the mainland from the bothy.

The bothy has been well used this year. It was in fair order, perhaps a little untidy; though every group which stays at the bothy is supposed to clean and tidy it up - including the removal of all rubbish and litter. One window was broken and will need to be replaced; and a loo is blocked up; but apart from that, everything else is satisfactory.

Today we were working on the dry stone wall beside the bothy. The other task was to tidy up the front camping area and we created a sort of base for camp-fires, excavating a shallow circle, removing the turf and surrounding the circle with big stones.

We brought out chairs from the bothy at lunch-time, sat and ate our sandwiches (cheese-and-onion for self). I had brought along a dozen mini chocolate chip muffins, which we all enjoyed too.

We locked the shutters, made the bothy secure and packed up at about three pm.

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