Steep, rocky ridges – or ‘knaps’ – cloaked in woodland, separated by narrow, often flooded ‘dales’, create a landscape unique in Scotland where land juts out into the sea at Loch Sween. The site is managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland.
- Scotland’s very own rainforest
- Invertebrates, amphibians and bats
- Atlantic oak woodland
Best time to visit?
- May to Jul for woodland plants
- Spring to catch a glimpse of beavers
- Anytime for woodland walks
From 2008 to 2014 Knapdale was home to the Scottish Beaver Trial, a unique partnership project that led to the successful reintroduction of beavers to the UK for the first time in 400 years. For more information, visit the Scottish Beaver Trial website.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust and Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the lead partners in the Trial, are currently working to reinforce the trial population with new releases to ensure beavers have a long-term future in the area.