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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Barnluasgan Trail can be started from Barnluasgan Information Centre in Knapdale Forest (OS Grid Reference: NR790909) . Lochgilphead is the nearest town or village. Works were underway on the date of the visit, so the paths may be more accessible presently. The Trail is particularly good for children due to the 'wildlife detective' interpretation and the accessible birdhide.

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, February 0012 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 1.4 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Yes
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

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Path

Three accessible parking areas are located in the car park.

Blue Badge parking bays Three accessible parking areas are located in the car park.

A small visitors centre is located at the far end of the car park.

Visitor Centre A small visitors centre is located at the far end of the car park.

The max gradient was 11% on the path up to the Visitors Centre.

Gradient The max gradient was 11% on the path up to the Visitors Centre.

Two picnic benches are located at the start of the trail. One of these is accessible to wheelchair users.

Start Two picnic benches are located at the start of the trail. One of these is accessible to wheelchair users.

The trail can be followed in either direction around the Loch.    Taking a left and going in a clockwise direction(with the Loch on your right-hand side) is the most accessible section of the path.

Direction The trail can be followed in either direction around the Loch. Taking a left and going in a clockwise direction(with the Loch on your right-hand side) is the most accessible section of the path.

The section of the path had been improved with finer stone. The width of the path is approximately 1.6m

Width The section of the path had been improved with finer stone. The width of the path is approximately 1.6m

The Barlausgan Trail is a haven for wildlife. Rare butterlies are found in this area.

Wildlife The Barlausgan Trail is a haven for wildlife. Rare butterlies are found in this area.

'Perch points' are situated at regular intervals along the path.

Seat 'Perch points' are situated at regular intervals along the path.

 

Path

Perch point.

Seat Perch point.

'Perch points' are situated at regular intervals along the path.

Seat 'Perch points' are situated at regular intervals along the path.

A number of information points are found along the trail, found in 'signal box' style posts. Pull the lever to reveal.

Information A number of information points are found along the trail, found in 'signal box' style posts. Pull the lever to reveal.

Interpretation board at the far-end of the Lochan.

Information Interpretation board at the far-end of the Lochan.

At the far end of the Lochan, the  path widens to approx 1.8m.

Width At the far end of the Lochan, the path widens to approx 1.8m.

It's worth a quick detour here. Turn right and follow a short trail to the birdhide.

Direction It's worth a quick detour here. Turn right and follow a short trail to the birdhide.

Follow the path for approx 20m.

Path Follow the path for approx 20m.

The birdhide.

Bird Hide The birdhide.

The bird hide offers an beautiful   and hidden view across the Lochan.

Wildlife The bird hide offers an beautiful and hidden view across the Lochan.

The Lochside path, described as 'all ability'  as  continues for another 20m or so.

Path The Lochside path, described as 'all ability' as continues for another 20m or so.

At this point, the path undulates and the quality of the path deteriorates, due to a build-up of leaf litter. With  assistance, people with mobility problemsmight consider  continuing along the circular trail (as opposed to doubling back and retracing steps along  the more accessible section).

Surface At this point, the path undulates and the quality of the path deteriorates, due to a build-up of leaf litter. With assistance, people with mobility problemsmight consider continuing along the circular trail (as opposed to doubling back and retracing steps along the more accessible section).

Interpretation focusses on ecology and biodiversity.

Path Interpretation focusses on ecology and biodiversity.

 

Path

'Perch points' are situated at regular intervals along the path.

Path 'Perch points' are situated at regular intervals along the path.

Interpretation focusses on ecology and biodiversity.

Information Interpretation focusses on ecology and biodiversity.

Small sections of the path may become muddy during periods of wet weather.

Surface Small sections of the path may become muddy during periods of wet weather.

Interpretation focusses on ecology and biodiversity.

Information Interpretation focusses on ecology and biodiversity.

This post has a magnifier on the top for viewing small wildlife.

Feature of Interest This post has a magnifier on the top for viewing small wildlife.

Perch point.

Seat Perch point.

These steps lead up to Oakwood Trail.

Direction These steps lead up to Oakwood Trail.

A number of information points are found along the trail, found in 'signal box' style posts. Pull the lever to reveal.

Information A number of information points are found along the trail, found in 'signal box' style posts. Pull the lever to reveal.

The trail takes in old coppiced woodland.

Wildlife The trail takes in old coppiced woodland.

'Perch points' are situated at regular intervals along the path.

Seat 'Perch points' are situated at regular intervals along the path.

Interpretation focusses on ecology and biodiversity

Information Interpretation focusses on ecology and biodiversity

View from the jetty.

View View from the jetty.

End of trail. The car park can be  seen in the background.

End End of trail. The car park can be seen in the background.

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Accessible toilets
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Boating
Cafe
Fishing
Museum & Heritage
Shelter
Viewing Platform
Visitor Centre
Water  Sports Centre
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Vertical Profile

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