The Centre

Fota Scout Centre is a local campsite of Scouting Ireland's attached to Cois Laoi Corcaigh Scout County. Scouting first used Fota in the 1920's through the kind permission of the then estate owner Mrs Bell. In the 1970's University College Cork bought the estate and gave us the use of our cottage and campsites around the cottage. This arrangement was continued when the estate was taken over by the Fota Trust. Presently the estate is owned by The Irish Heritage Trust who lease the cottage and campsites to us.


Fota Management Committee made up of members of Scouting Ireland look after the running of the campsite. A separate development committee works on future improvements of the facilities.


In 2007 we introduced a fully trained Team who would meet Groups on arrival, welcome and help them with any queries and also provide a check out service (a Warden Service). This team is made up of Venture / Rover scouts and Leaders and operates on a rota basis to provide cover.

How to recognise us

All management and staff members wear the blue campsite scarf with badge.


Fota Scout Centre is divided into three zones (two campsites and the cottage) for Groups using the Centre.

Depending on the size of the groups and requirements of the groups staying it's possible for up to three groups to use Fota at any one time.

Outdoor Details

There are two campsites at the Centre, the Avenue campsite can accommodate up to 30 people and the Cottage campsite can accommodate up to 60 people

A fully equipped camper kitchen is in the progress of being installed and is expected to be operational mid Spring 2018. This facility will include full cooking facilities (electric hob), hot water, fridge / freezer and 
wash-up area for groups camping.

A toilet and shower block houses 6 toilets and 4 showers and wash basins serving both the cottage and the campsites. A separate block houses a disabled toilet and shower room.

Usable areas (approx) on campsites for pitching tents:

Avenue campsite: 

    39 meters x 13 meters

Cottage campsite:

    Rear area, 27 meters x 18 meters
    Front area, 30 meters x 8 meters
    Side area, 11 meters x 6 meters 

Indoor Details

Fota Cottage has five rooms, including three sleeping rooms (sleeps 14 people in total on 7 bunks beds), communal room and kitchen.

Electricity and running water installed.

The kitchen has an electric hob and oven, sink, fridge, kettle, toaster, microwave and a hot water heater.

Kitchen is equipped with pots, pans and tableware for approx 25 people.

There are ample sockets for the use of kettles, projectors etc. 


Large area of woodlands for Scouting / Guiding activities, visits to the Wild Life Park, Cobh, Cork, hiking, exploring. See Programme Ideas for more information.

Click here for a map of the centre and available woodlands.


Fota Centre operates a recycling policy and a number of wheelie bins are provided to aid this initiative.


A number of supermarkets are within the area (see map below). You will need your own transport to get to these locations.

In Carrigtohill (marked as "A" on the map) you will find an Aldi, in Midleton (B) there is a Tesco, Alid, Lidl and SuperValue while on the back road into Cobh (C) at Ticknock Retail park there is an Aldi, Lidl and SuperValue.


Subpages (1): Centre and Woods Map