Knapdale Forest

Place Description

Knapdale Forest's name is derived from the Gaelic words "Cnap" meaning hill and "Dal" meaning field. The forest is situated in a National Scenic, area flanked by the Crinan Canal to the North and the Sound of Jura and Loch Sween to the west. There are walks, paths, cycle routes and picnic areas sited within the park, which allow access to a variety of habitats. Barnluasgan Interpretation Centre is an excellent starting point for walks as it provides helpful information on flora and fauna.

Wildlife Description: 

It is home to most of the species of mammal found in the U.K. including Badger, Pine Martin, Red and Grey Squirrel, Mink, Otter and the elusive Wildcat. Bird species include the Osprey, Golden Eagle, Black Grouse, Peregrine Falcon and Black Throated Divers. Recently the European Beaver was introduced in Knapdale.

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Deciduous and Coniferous Woodland with Marsh and bog.


From A816 one mile north of Loghgilphead. Follow B841 towards Crinan, turn left at Bellanoch onto the B8025 towards Tayvallich taking you into the heart of Knapdale.

Best Time to Visit: 

May to July for the woodland plants.


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Knapdale Forest
United Kingdom


Site Owned By: 

Forestry Commission

Site Managed By: 

Scottish Wildlife Trust

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Contact Information: 

Rhod WattBeat ForresterTel: 01546 602 518e-mail: