Scouting around for adventure
The Outdoor Adventure Store and Scout Shop have been trading on Liffey Street for over 20 years, serving generations of Scouts as well as the many members of the public who enjoy camping, hiking and hill-walking. Niall, the store manager, tells us that they were rushed off their feet at the end of August with the predictable last minute dash for tents and sleeping bags from the annual Electric Picnic bound festival-goers.
What differentiates them from other outdoor equipment stores is that any profits generated by the store go back to Scouting Ireland to help fund the Scouting movement in the country. This means that you are giving back to the community every time you shop with the Outdoor Adventure Store and Scout Shop.
Niall himself has plenty of knowledge in areas of Scouting. He’s been involved all his life and most of the staff in the shop have either been Scouts or have a strong passion for outdoor pursuits. It’s this level of expertise that Niall feels makes the store one of the best destinations for any shopper looking for a guiding opinion when it comes to footwear, clothing and camping equipment as well as stocking the largest array of Scouting kit in the city, including uniforms, neckerchiefs, belts and badges for all ages.
They stock their own unique range of Scout Brand products as well as well- known brands such as Berghaus, Helly Hansen, Hi-Tec, Craghopper, Dare2Be and Trespass. They are one of the only locations where you can find brands like Rock+River, MAC IN A SAC and Zamberlan. The store is also popular with tourists, especially during the summer months as visitors from all around Europe and further afield stock up ahead of trips up the Wicklow Mountains or journeys along the Wild Atlantic Way.
The shop also has two recently redesigned websites – oas.ie or thescoutshop.ie – and serves as a one-stop shop for outdoor enthusiasts across Ireland and the UK.
Niall has high hopes for the area, especially some of the current plans for new investment and the for continued growth in the tourism market of the city. There is certainly no decline in the interest in Scouting, as the Cub Scouts recently celebrated 100 years in Ireland. There is no reason to expect that in decades to come Scouts won’t be making the trek to Liffey Street to get their kit before they head out on another adventure.