European Beaver Tours in Highland Perthshire

Atholl Estates has one of the few sites in Scotland where there are visible signs of beavers, take a closer look at their habitat with a specialist guide in a quiet and tranquil location near Dunkeld. There will also be the chance to spot additional wildlife, including osprey.

The Tours

The tour will start from a location in Dunkeld and you will follow your guide in a convoy towards the loch. We will then park up and walk the last couple of hundred metres in order not to disturb these elusive creatures.

The guide will then describe the ecology of the Eurasian Beaver while taking a closer look at the field signs and the beautiful surroundings of the loch.

You will then settle down in a quiet spot to watch for these elusive rodents and any other wildlife which you may see, including fallow deer, roe deer, red squirrels, mute swans, and a variety of other birds.

The tour will then conclude and we will make our way back to the vehicles quietly as to not disturb them, there will then be time for any additional questions you may have.

Please note, there will be some walking involved in the tour therefore suitable clothing and footwear is required.

Booking Information 

COST:

£200 for up to 6 people (Covid rules apply for mixing households, please check the most up to date government information prior to booking)

TIME:

7.30 pm start time for meeting at the location, dusk is the best time for a chance to spot these exclusive characters!

Other tour times may be available upon request.

The tour will last around 90 mins.

DATES:

Available June to September.

Bookings are taken upon request, 7 days a week, subject to availability.

HOW TO BOOK:

To book, please contact us by email or call 01796 481 355.

History of Beavers at the Loch

Regular visitors will have seen fallen trees, lying forlornly next to jagged, bright orange stumps, cut to a sharp 45-degree angle. Look more closely and you can see numerous teeth marks, where (in particular) alder and downy birch trees have been comprehensively gnawed by resident beavers!

These architecturally minded rodents moved into the area in the autumn of 2013 and the signs of their activity are visible all around the loch. Experts in engineering, beavers fell the trees not only for construction of their burrows, dams, and lodges, but also to munch on juicy bark (they enjoy the cambium layer between the outer bark and heartwood), which is central to their vegetarian diet.

Beavers are crepuscular, so the best time to catch a glimpse of them is at dawn or dusk. We’re keeping a close eye on beaver activity at the loch and feeding the results of our monitoring into the Tayside Beaver Study Group monitoring programme.

Beavers Habitat

It’s amazing to see the hard work of these native animals as they make themselves at home! As a keystone species, beavers have a big impact on the survival and abundance of other members of the ecological community in which they live.

Whilst the initial impacts of beavers’ endeavors may seem drastic, as they coppice and dam wetland areas, the results of their labors can be hugely beneficial for other wildlife and wetland systems as they regulate water flow and improve water quality.

Otters, water shrews, water voles, birds, invertebrates such as dragonflies and fish are just some of the species which may be helped by the presence of beavers.

Activities on Atholl Estates

Alongside our Beaver Tours, Atholl Estates provide many other activities for you to experience, including:

Over 50 miles of waymarked walking and cycling routes

Fishing on the River Tilt, Tummel, Garry, or our selection of hill lochs

Stalking Red and Roe deer

All of these and more can be found on our Activities page.

Please note our Land Rover Safari Tours and Tractor-Trailer Tours are not running at present.