Barnluasgan and the Knapdale Beavers
Barnluasgan is a lovely spot, offering a mix of easy walking trails, a cycling trail, peaceful lochs and wonderful wildlife. The highlight has to be the resident beavers. These busy water-born foresters tend to be very shy but the best time to see them is dawn or dusk. Even if you’re not lucky enough to spot one, you will certainly see some of their handiwork – look out for their lodge homes, felled trees, ingenious dams and the flooded woodland they’ve engineered. The beavers returned in 2009 as a result of the Scottish Beaver Trial and then since the end of the trial in 2014 the Scottish Government has allowed them to stay. A further staged release of more beavers into Knapdale is taking place between 2017 and 2020
Begin your trip at the Heart of Argyll Wildlife Centre or the Forestry Commission’s Barnluasgan car park and discover more about beavers and their return to Scotland from the staff at the centre. There are two walks that will give you a fantastic insight into the lives of these industrious animals. A short, all-abilities, one-mile circuit of Loch Barnluasgan where, throughout 2018 six beavers were in residence. There is a longer and equally beautiful walk around Loch Coille Bharr and the Dubh Loch, where wetlands created by the beavers a few years ago can be viewed and there is still an active lodge at the southern end of the loch.
If you would like to find out more about the beavers and their activities (and maybe even see one) why not join the Heart Of Argyll Wildlife Organisation on one of its guided walks?