Barnluasgan and the Knapdale Beavers

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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 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.

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. 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?