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Knapdale Beavers at Barnluasgan

Wild beavers have been reintroduced in Knapdale after being extinct in the UK for over 400 years. 

The beavers were released in 2009 for a five year trial period.  In November 2016, the Scottish Government announced that beavers would be given protected status in Scotland.

There are several marked trails for you to follow around the area where the beavers are living, and it is easy to find evidence of beaver activity.  More tricky is to see the beavers themselves as they are shy and largely nocturnal, but if you are in the right place at the right time, you might catch a glimpse of one or more of them.

There is an informative visitor centre at Barnluasgan which is less than 10 minutes drive from the Crinan Hotel.


You can find out more on these websites:


A useful source for more information is the Explore Argyll & The Isles website: or you can talk to us here at the Hotel on 01546 830261 or email: [email protected]