FAQ: What is there to do at the Trial site?

Start you day discovering more about beavers and their return to Scotland at the Barnluasgan Information Centre and car park. From here, it is a ½ mile walk down to the Dubh Loch where you can begin your beaver detective work! Turn left and walk on the right hand side of the road (please be careful of traffic) and then take the pathway on the right. Head through the gate and follow this path down to the loch. Once at the loch-side, the full 3 mile Beaver Detective Trial is signposted if you wish to continue further with your walk.

At the Dubh Loch, you can have fun with all the family spotting the signs of beaver activity and look out across the loch from a floating pontoon. If you are lucky, you may spot a beaver around dusk or dawn.

The 3 mile Trail is a moderately challenging walk mostly on forest trails and paths which takes on average two hours to complete. There are occasional wet or muddy sections and a short section of public road. There are sign-posts around the loch for you to follow. Knapdale Forest is a beautiful and rugged place; please be prepared by wearing hiking boots and midge repellent.

Click here for directions to the Scottish Beaver Trail.

Click here for lots of fun, family activities to bring along on your visit.




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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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