A trip to the Scottish Beaver Trial in Knapdale Forest provides a fun family day out. Be a beaver detective and spot the signs of beaver activity in one of the most stunning parts of Scotland.
Exploring the Trial site
Begin your trip at the Barnluasgan car park and discover more about beavers and their return to Scotland at the Barnluasgan Information Centre. Then try the Beaver Detective Trail, a two hour (three mile) circular walk which follows the natural terrain around the Dubh Loch and Loch Collie Bharr.
The attractive path, with moderate gradients, features mostly good gravel surfaces but may be wet and muddy in some places. A short section follows a public road. Hiking boots advised as well as midge repellent! Check out our Virtual Guided Tour of the site for top spotting tips.
Spotting the beaver signs
The beaver family resident on the Dubh Loch have been the most visible in demonstrating their construction skills. Follow the Beaver Detective Trial from the Barnluasgan Information Centre for around 20 minutes to get there.
Look out for felled and regenerating trees, stripped branches (some with teeth marks!) and beaver canals. Also get a close-up of a real beaver dam by walking across the amazing floating pontoon on Loch Coille-Bharr. Click here to download a copy of our visitor’s guide.
Lucky (and patient!) visitors have spotted the beavers swimming and feeding on the loch. Beaver are most active at night, so why not make your visit at dusk or dawn?
Beavers are shy creatures: remember to be quiet and patient while looking out for ripples in the loch and listening for splashing water and gnawing sounds. Please do not disturb beavers, their lodges or dams.
Have you been one of our lucky visitors? Click here to email us about your beaver spot.
Knapdale Forest is located 7 miles to the west of Lochgilphead, in the Heart of Argyll. It is accessible by car, bicycle or public transport. Click here for directions to the Trial site.