FAQ: Where is Knapdale Forest?

Knapdale Forest is located 7 miles to the west of Lochgilphead, in the Heart of Argyll; the site is less than 2 hour's drive from Glasgow and 45 minutes from Oban.

From Lochgilphead, follow the road to Oban (A816) for 2 miles. Take the left fork, through Cairnbaan and continue on this road for 3 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 Information Centre car park is immediately on the left. The Information Centre is the ideal starting point for your visit.

The beavers have been released in four different places throughout Knapdale Forest and there is one loch in particular where the activities of its resident beaver family are most visible; this is the Dubh Loch which is a ½ mile walk from the car park. (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.)

Please do not leave your vehicle in undesignated fields or lay-bys.

Knapdale Forest is situated in a National Scenic Area and is flanked to the north by the Crinan Canal and to the west by the Sound of Jura and Loch Sween. The name is derived from the Gaelic description of its striking topographical features; Cnap (hill) and Dall (field).

Click here to find out more about this wonderful area.

You can also cycle to the loch and throughout Knapdale Forest. Click here for more information.



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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.

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