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Winter Beaver Safari

As the chances of seeing the beavers are slimmer over the winter, this trip takes us on the trail of the European beaver where we visit amazing beaver dams, beaver ponds, chewed trees and beaver tracks and trails. We will spend half an hour sitting by the beaver ponds at the end of the tour so wrap up warmly, but we can’t guarantee their appearance.

We’ll also tell the story of the history of beavers in Scotland, how they re-appeared in Perthshire and why they are so important to the ecology of our rivers and wetlands. This is a great trip for families as everyone can collect their own beaver chips and beaver-chewed sticks!

We run this tour on Wednesday and Saturday afternoon/ evening during the winter and can run a private tour for you if these days aren’t convenient.

Riverbank Beaver Safari

Woman watching for beavers through binoculars

Experience the evening wildlife on one of Perthshire’s loveliest rivers in spring or summer (mid April to mid September). This is the best time to easily see the wild-living beaver families in Perthshire and makes an excellent gift (so we are told!).

We meet near Blairgowrie and take a short drive close to the river. We have a 15 minute walk to the water, during which you will find out about the history of beavers in Scotland, their life story, how they re-appeared in Perthshire and why they are so important to the ecology of our rivers. We will do a bit of riverside foraging too! Although we can never guarantee wildlife sightings, we have a 95-100% success rate of seeing the beavers on this trip. We also have regular sightings of kingfishers and occasional otter appearances!

We run this safari on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings and can run a private tour for you if these days aren’t convenient.

Half-Day Beaver Safari

Beaver swimming in a river with only the top half of his exposed

This trip visits a wonderful location where beavers have built a series of amazing dams and we can easily see how they have changed the surroundings to produce wildlife-rich wetlands. We spend the first half of the evening on a walk to see all these changes in the environment and the second half sitting by the beaver pools, watching the beavers swimming, feeding, grooming and even dam repairing if we are lucky!

This is a great trip to learn all about the history of beavers in Scotland, their life story, how they re-appeared in Perthshire and why they are so important to the ecology of our rivers and wetlands. Although we can never guarantee wildlife sightings, we have a 95-100% success rate of seeing the beavers on this trip.

We run this safari on Thursday afternoon/ evenings and can run a private tour for you if these days aren’t convenient .

Beaver Safari by Canoe – as featured on Countryfile & Great Coastal Railway Journeys

We have teamed up with local canoeing experts with 30 years experience to deliver this tour, which takes place on a beautiful section of the River Tay near Aberfeldy. This is an ideal way to get close to wildlife with minimal disturbance and we usually see a variety of bird life as well as the local beaver lodge, beaver trails, evidence of feeding and hopefully the beavers themselves. Meeting in Aberfeldy at 6/6.30pm, the Beaver Safari by Canoe includes canoeing instruction, your canoe, buoyancy aid & equipment, guiding by your wildlife guide and a wee beaver memento!

We are running the canoe tours mainly on Saturdays this year on the following dates:

May 10

June 8 & 22

July 6 & 20

Aug 3 & 17

Sep 7 & 14

Peter W
4 star rating
24/05/24
Beavers! A great evening out to see the beavers awakening from their daytime slumber and start the evening forage. Joan our guide was very helpful if finding the beavers and predicting where they would appear.
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Nicola C
5 star rating
24/05/24
A fantastic evening was made perfect at the end, watching the beavers pottering and playing around their lodge Our Beaver Safari last Thursday was a fabulous birthday present. Jean was an excellent guide, showing us and explaining everything about beavers' lives and activities and answering our many questions with patience and humour. We also chatted a lot about human environmental management which was really interesting. Seeing the beavers pottering in the river with the younger ones playing was so exciting. We could even hear them making little noises. A perfect end to a lovely evening. Highly recommended.
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Suzanne B
5 star rating
07/05/24
Excellent time with Perthshire Wildlife! We had a great experience spotting beavers with my very enthusiastic son and his cousin (both 7 years). Our guide, Joan, was lovely and very knowledgeable. We got a really good insight into the beavers habitat and way of life. You do need to be super quiet for the beavers to show themselves, so would bear that in mind. Would highly recommend. 🙂
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T8637RSkatew
5 star rating
16/04/24
A brilliant evening - I could've stayed out all night! Daniele was so knowledgeable about the beavers and to see them in the wild was such a treat. We learnt so much - i'd highly recommend it. It was the start of our stay in Scotland & Perthshire Wildlife set the bar very highly!
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