About Trinity Island Lodge

Back in 1999 restoration of Trinity Island Lodge was complete. With much love and respect for the original building and the surrounding environment, the old granary was upgraded to what is now a beautifully relaxing holiday home.

Marietta and Tom

Trinity Island lodge is operated and maintain by Tom and Marietta O'Dowd.

"Tom O'Dowd, the generous, welcoming and fun loving owner" - Catherine Mack

What the press has to say about us

"Go green in the Emerald Isle" The Metro UK - Monday, June 2, 2008

"No. 1 – Great Eco Escapes" Irish Times – June 2008

"Escape to an island of serenity” The Irish Times - January, 2004

"A Lakeland retreat on its own forested island, this fishing haven is only seconds' walk from the shores of Lough .....Friars and fisherman more over: it is time to share this hideaway with the rest of us" - Catherine Mack

"Eco escapes in Cavan" The Anglo Celt– June 2008

"Trinity Island generates its own electricity, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice creature comforts, as there's a wood heated sauna and a Jacuzzi bath". Brian O'Loughlin

Other mentions:
"101 Islands" Conde Nast Traveller – July 2005
"Villa of the week" The Irish Times – Jan 2005
"Hot 100 destinations" Irish Tatler – Jan 2005
"Travelougue" Sunday Tribune – Oct 2000
"Travel Log" Irish Times 1999

More importantly, check out our guest remarks

“We loved it here. Our favourite was the boats” – Trevor, Belfast
“It was a wonderful week, caught 31 pike” – Tirol, Austria
“Too short, but we will be back” - The Hannahs, Dublin

Where we are

Located in Co Cavan on the edge of Breifne Geo Park, Trinity Island Lodge is just over 2 hours drive from either Dublin or Belfast International Airport


Directions from Dublin:
Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 125km

From Dublin, take the N3 through Dunshaughlin, Navan, Kells and Virginia.
At the Cavan round about take the first exit off the Cavan By-pass – N55
Upon entering Ballinagh, take the first right onto Crossdoney - R154
Passing through Crossdoney, continue onto the R199
After approximately 6km and a long series of bends take the sign posted road for Trinity Island Lodge to the right
Follow the narrow road for 1.5 km until you reach an unsealed road which forks to the left. Continue along this road for 1.5km.

Directions from Belfast:
Duration: 2.5 hours
Distance: 150km

Take the M1 from Belfast and continue on towards the A4 (Enniskillen and Omagh).

At the Ballygawley roundabout, take the first exit onto the A4 (signposted Armagh, Dublin & Enniskillen). This road will take you through the towns of Augher, Clogher, Fivemiletown going towards Enniskillen. When you enter Enniskillen keep on the Dublin Road.

At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Firths Pass (signposted for Sligo, The West). Keep straight on this road through the town heading for Sligo and The West.

When you cross the bridge, keep to the left at the traffic lights and this will bring you to a small roundabout. Take the 1st exit towards Derrylin which is approximately 10 miles on the A509. Drive straight through Derrylin towards Teemore/Belturbet.

At the Staghall roundabout 1km before Belturbet, take the 2nd exit onto the N87 (signposted for Ballyconnell). After 1.4km take the left turn to Killeshandra on the R201.

Drive straight through Killeshandra, leaving by the R199 (signposted for Cavan). After 5km take the signposted road on your left for Trinity Island Lodge. Follow the narrow road for 1.5 km until you reach an unsealed road which forks to the left. Continue along this road for 1.5km.

Eco - Tourism information

In June 2008 Trinity Island Lodge was awarded the European ECO Flower accreditation as a sustainable eco-tourism project. We are delighted that our efforts to work with the environment have paid off and that the sustainability of Trinity Island Lodge is secure.

What we've done?

Solar Panel Snap

Due to the remote location of the lodge it was decided at the time of development that we would generate our own electricity. This was a big task back in the late 1990's to source expertises and equipment in Ireland. However, with the support of ICBAN and as interest in alternative energy has grown we have become an icon within the local area for alternative energy.

Our electrical energy is created using a 1 kilo watt wind turbine and 12 south facing "photovoltaic" solar panels.