Costs and facilities

NB. The prices mentioned below are on the understanding that you leave the place clean and tidy ready for the next group. As a volunteer run centre we expect you to clean up after yourselves. Failure to do so might incur a valeting fee if we need to get in a paid cleaner.

CAMPING.       The camp fee is €5 per person per night for scouts and adult leaders. This includes showers and toilet facilities, wet weather shelter, a variety of camping pitches to choose from, a metal altar fire and fire wood and perhaps even a picnic table. Wheelie bins for glass, drinks cans, batteries, metal items, general and recyclable waste.

Included in the fee you are welcome to take part in the self-lead on-site activities such as orienteering, pioneering, rafting, Cat’s eye night hike, nature trail, eco-base etc. Swimming and rafting are limited to a designated area and must be supervised by leaders in charge of their group as Lough Dan does not have an official life guard. No deposit is required when making a camping booking. You pay on arrival based on the numbers attending.

DAY VISITS      Lough Dan is the ideal location as the start and or finish of your hike with secure parking, toilets and barbecue facilities. Or why not use the center for a skills day or just come down and use some of the on-site activities such as the eco-base, pioneering, orienteering etc..You still need to make a day booking on-line so we know to expect you.

Non scouting groups pay a minimum of €5 per person for day visits or by arrangement.

HOSTEL            The hostel has a total of 44 beds in two separate areas. These can be booked completely by a group of over 30 or you can book the upstairs and downstairs separately (30 and 14 beds respectively). Please note that while the hostel has a fully equipped kitchen you need to bring your own bedding e.g. sleeping bags and pillows.

A deposit is required to secure a hostel booking. This refund is refundable but only if a cancellation is made in a timely fashion (4-6 weeks prior to the date of the event)

The cost of the hostel is on a €13 per head per night basis.

NB There is a minimum number requirement for hostel bookings. This is a minimum of 30 persons for the whole hostel and 20 for the downstairs only option.

For weekend bookings of the whole hostel or downstairs options it  must be for the two nights of the weekend so the minimum charge is €780 and €520 respectively. These restrictions do not apply to the upstairs hostel option.

ROOM LAYOUT       The down stairs hostel has 30 beds in dorms of 8, 8, 8, 4, and 2 and has 4 toilets and 5 showers. It is equipped with a fully fitted kitchen including crockery and cutlery and has a common room with wood burning stove and a leaders area.

The upstairs hostel has 14 beds in dorms of 6, 6 and 2 and has 2 toilets and 2 showers. It costs €10 pppn for scout groups when booked on its own. The catering and dining facilities are across the yard in the rustic Creann/Shackelton Antarctic Hut. When booking the upstairs hostel there is no minimum number requirement.

Groups in excess of 30 can book the entire hostel at a cost of €13pppn with a minimum charge of €390 per night or €780 on weekends. For groups of under 30 persons using the downstairs only the cost is €13pppn with a minimum charge of €260 per night or €520 for weekend bookings. In both cases the booking deposit is only refundable if a cancellation is made in a timely fashion (4-6 weeks prior to the dates of the event).

Groups staying in the hostel can avail of all the other campsite facilities such as the onsite activities, campfire circle, orienteering, rafting etc. While cleaning materials are provided (mops, detergents, toilet paper) we suggest you bring your own Tea towels, pot scrubbers and washing up liquid.


When you make your booking on line you will get confirmation and a booking reference number please ensure that you quote this reference number in any correspondence and on the reverse of deposit cheques

Payment of deposits can be by eft or by cheque made payable to Lough Dan Scout Centre and posted to Roundwood, County Wicklow. (see section on payments for more details)The balance is payable on the day of arrival based on numbers actually attending.

Bank Details for eft payments

IBAN: IE09 ULSB 98502011267174