Barnluasgan

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Barnluasgan Forest Notice

Barnluasgan car park and all trails are now fully closed until mid to end April 2019 due to completion of upgrade works. Alternative trails and car parking nearby at Loch Coille Bharr and the All Abilities Rock Art Trail, starting at Achnabreac upper car park nearer Lochgilphead. Alternatively you can also visit the Heart of Argyll website for suggestions.

Unique wetland that's home to Scotland's wild beavers

The lochs at Barnluasgan are home to some of Scotland's newest animal residents. Families of beaver have spent the last decade building lodges and dams, creating a unique wetland landscape in the heart of Argyll.

We recommend visiting at dawn or dusk for the best chance of spotting these shy animals, but you'll see lots of evidence of their work at other times of day. Keep an eye out for felled trees and stripped branches as you explore.

Guide map to the Forests of Mid Argyll and Kintyre (PDF 7.1MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Wildlife Trail

Stroll around picturesque Loch Barnluasgan and find out more about the amazing birds and beasts of Barnluasgan at the wildlife hide. If visiting at dawn or dusk, keep an eye out for swimming beavers and see if you can spot their well-camouflaged lodge.

Smooth, firm and generally wide gravel surface throughout. A short diversion to the wildlife hide is slightly uneven. Mostly flat with some short moderate slopes.

Easy (all abilities)
1 miles / 1.5 km

Allow
½ hour

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This popular trail is suitable for everyone and great fun for families. There are fingerposts along the way that will tell you more about who lives in this lovely wood. Half way round there’s a wildlife hide where you can sit and watch for different birds visiting the loch, or just relax and enjoy the lovely views over the water to the Atlantic oak woodland.

Walking

Barnluasgan Oakwood Trail

Explore the ancient Atlantic oakwoods between Loch Barnluasgan and Loch Linne. As well as a range of native broadleaves, there are great views over Knapdale Forest. 

Loose gravel path with some narrow and uneven rocky sections. Several steep slopes with long flights of rough steps. Includes one gate.

Strenuous
1 ½ miles / 2.6 km

Allow
1 hour

Walking

Loch Coille-Bharr Trail

Explore the abandoned village of Kilmory Oib and view a beaver dam from our floating pontoon on this beautiful loch circuit.

Numerous short steep slopes with rough steps. Some narrow and rough rocky sections. Short earth section includes tree roots and muddy patches. Includes narrow kissing gates and a road section.

Strenuous
3 ¼ miles / 5.1 km

Allow
2 hours

More information

Become a beaver detective on this scenic circuit of Loch Coille-Bharr. Look out for felled trees, stripped branches and beaver canals, and see a real beaver dam from the floating pontoon. Visit at dusk or dawn for an even better chance of spotting these furry foresters.

The trail also passes a crannog (an ancient artificial island in the loch), a ruined mill and the atmospheric ruined village of Kilmory Oib.

Activities

Watch for wildlife

Beavers aren't the only animals that call Barnluasgan home. Watch for dragonflies and butterflies around the lochs in summer, spot red squirrel amongst the trees and keep your eyes on the skies for buzzards, eagles and ospreys.

Fishing

There’s good fishing for brown trout on Lochs Coille-Bharr and Barnluasgan. Permits are available at local hotels and tackle shops.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking
Visitor centre
Visitor centre

Head to our unstaffed information centre to learn about the wildlife at Barnluasgan.

The nearest public toilets and café are at Crinan, 3 miles north. Head to nearby Lochgilphead for a selection of shops and places to eat and drink.

Getting here

Follow signs for Crinan until turning left onto the B8025 at Bellanoch. After about a mile, turn left towards Achnamara and you’ll find Barnluasgan just after the junction on the left.

Using SatNav?

PA31 8PS is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses between Lochgilphead and Tayvallich stop at Barnluasgan. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6650
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