Getting Here

Fota Scout Centre is situated on Fota Island 15 km east of Cork City off the N25.


Cork Map


The Centre may be accessed by rail or road. Due to the size of the roads in the estate a 50 seater bus can reach the Centre with care but not park up for a long duration. Car parking space is limited around the site.

The Centre's latitude and longitude is 51.896790 (51°53'48.4"N), -8.316893 (8°19'00.8"W). These coordinates can be used in sat navs to help drivers locate the Centre easily or if your sat nav accepts Loc8 codes (certain Garmin and TomTom sat navs) you can enter the Loc8 code W8R-36-L44

Train

Fota Scout Centre is located 200 meters from Fota Island train station on the Cork - Cobh rail line. Trains run once an hour between Cork and Cobh. Exiting the station, walk past the entrance to the Wildlife Park and the Centre is the next path on your left. Downloadable timetables for the Cork - Fota / Cobh Line can be found here or from Irish Rails main page. Fares for the Cork - Fota / Cobh line can be viewed here, child fares are generally 50% of the adult fare.
 
Road

The entrance to the Scout Centre is through the 'Green Gate', which is situated about 1 .5 km after the entrance to Fota Island Resort (towards Cobh). Caution, this gate is located on a bad bend. See bottom of page for map showing the road through the estate from the 'Green Gate' to the Scout Centre. The 'Green Gate' now closes at 8pm until 6am at the request of the Golf Club (owners of the entrance way and gate). As there is not sufficient area for drivers to pull in safely off the main road to open the gate we request that your group arrives before 8pm or arrive by train. If cars must arrive after 8pm notice must be given in advance so that we can arrange for a warden to come down and open the gate in advance allowing the car to drive in without having to stop.



From N25 (East: Rosslare, Waterford etc)
  • Take N25 for Cork
  • After Midleton follow signs for Cobh.
  • Take the exit (Junction 3) onto R624 to Cobh.
  • Take the second exit on the roundabout.
  • Follow the road for about 2.5 km until you come to the 'Green Gate, enter the estate through this gate. A 15km speed limit is in force in the estate.
  • Follow the estate road for 1.8 km to the Scout Centre (on your right, across from the Wildlife Park train station entrance)
From M8 (North: Dublin etc)
  • Follow signs for Cork/ Limerick (N7). Continue onto M7
  • At junction 19 (M7 / M8 junction) take the M8 (toll point between junctions 18 & 19)
  • Continue for approximately 160 kilometres on the M8 until you reach the outskirts of Cork (toll point between junctions 16 & 17).
  • At the Dunkettle roundabout take the 1st exit for Rosslare/ Waterford (N25).
  • Travel on N25 (East) and take the exit (Junction 3) for Cobh.
  • At the roundabout, take the 4th exit, signposted Cobh.
  • Then at the next roundabout, take the 1st exit.
  • Follow the road for about 2.5 km until you come to the 'Green Gate, enter the estate through this gate. A 15km speed limit is in force in the estate.
  • Follow the estate road for 1.7km to the Scout Centre (on your right, across from the Wildlife Park train station entrance)
From N20 (West: Limerick, Galway etc.)
  • Take N20 until you reach the outskirts of Cork.
  • Continue onto N25, sign posted Rosslare and Waterford.
  • Travel on N25 (East), then take the Cobh Exit (Junction 3).
  • At the roundabout, take the 4th exit, signposted Cobh.
  • At the next roundabout take the 1st exit.
  • Follow the road for about 2.5 km until you come to the 'Green Gate, enter the estate through this gate. A 15km speed limit is in force in the estate.
  • Follow the estate road for 1.8 km to the Scout Centre (on your right, across from the Wildlife Park train station entrance)
From Cork Airport
  • Take the Airport roundabout and take the 1st exit onto N27, sign posted Cork.
  • Continue for 3 kilometres until you reach the Kinsale Road roundabout.
  • Then take the 4th exit on the South Ring Road (N40), signposted N40 Eastbound.
  • Continue on the N40 and go through the Jack Lynch tunnel. At the Dunkettle roundabout (immediately after exiting the tunnel) take the 3rd exit for Rosslare/ Waterford (N25).
  • Travel on the N25 (East) and take the exit for Cobh (Junction 3).
  • At the roundabout, take 4th exit, signposted Cobh.
  • Then at the next roundabout, take 1st exit.
  • Follow the road for about 2.5 km until you come to the 'Green Gate, enter the estate through this gate. A 15km speed limit is in force in the estate.
  • Follow the estate road for 1.8 km to the Scout Centre (on your right, across from the Wildlife Park train station entrance)