Planning your visit

Directions to the Trial site

Knapdale Forest is west of Lochgilphead in the Heart of Argyll. From Lochgilphead, follow the road to Oban (A816) for two miles. Take the left fork, through Cairnbaan and continue on this road for three miles, until you see the left turn for Tayvallich. Take this road (B8025) for a mile and then take the fork to the left. The Barnluasgan car park is immediately on the left.

Click here to download a map of the Trial area.

Wildlife and history in Argyll

Knapdale Forest is one of the most stunning parts of Scotland and is home to some of the country’s most spectacular wildlife.

As well as being the home of the Scottish Beaver Trial, this stunning landscape boasts Atlantic woodlands (containing internationally important mosses and lichens), beautiful coastlines, hills and glens.

Beavers also share this landscape with red squirrels, ospreys, otters and eagles. Visible signs of thousands of years of human occupation can also be seen in the area, including prehistoric forts where ancient kings were crowned.

Click here for details of walks, picnic sites, cycle routes and points of interests within Knapdale Forest.

Click here to be inspired by the many other attractions in the local area.

Click here for information about places to stay in and around Argyll.

Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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    Beavers are back in Scotland!

    On 24 November 2016, the Scottish Government made the landmark announcement that beavers are to remain in Scotland. This is the first time that a mammal has been formally reintroduced in UK history.

    The trial population of beavers remains in Knapdale, and the Scottish Beaver partners are now focussing their efforts on re-enforcing this population to ensure its long term future.

    Boosting the Knapdale beaver population

    For updates on the beaver re-enforcement project, please visit the website of the Scottish Wildlife Trust or the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland by clicking on the adjacent logos.

    The Scottish Beaver Trial website

    Now that the Trial has ended, this website will no longer be updated. However, if you would like to browse our historical records on the website, please click the button to continue.

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