Day 125 : Achnamara – Tayvallick

Achnamara is at the top of Knapdale, a newly built village was built in the 1950’s by the people who came to work for the Forestry Commission. The village hall is the hub of the community which is run by volunteers.


Along the road from Achnamara at Barnluasgan by Loch Collie-Bharr the Forestry Commission have joined with the Scottish Wildlife Trust to set up a trial site to introduce beavers back into the area.

At Barnlausgan there is an information centre giving a lot of information about beavers. They have set up a beaver trail around Dubh Loch and the top of Loch Collie-Bharr. Beavers are shy creatures, the best time to see them is at dusk. You might see evidence of their endeavours because they are workaholics, stripping bark from trees and building dams.


I continue on to an area called the Faery Isles. This is still part of the Knapdale Commission with Trails for walkers and cyclists. I found the area quiet and felt quite remote in places. It made mind start wondering about anything that might harm you, big cats or wild dogs. Anyway I survived, what a big scaredy cat I am.


I end up following the road down the side of Loch Sween. There are quite a few small islands and islets in the loch, there are plenty of photo opportunities along here.


Tayvallick is a pretty village sitting on the shores of Loch a Bhealairch, a small inlet off Loch Sween. There is an inn, holiday park, shop and café. It seems to be popular with the boating people with a small harbour.


I finished today at the café and sat outside on the decking by the waters edge. It was a great place look over the bay and watch the boats.