Perthshire Wildlife Beaver Tours

Central Perthshire is one of the best places to see European beavers in the wild and we run safaris by kayak, in conjunction with local kayaking experts, as well as on foot to get close to these amazing creatures. We have three beaver tours: Half-Day Tour, Beaver Safari by Kayak, Private Beaver Safari.

Private Beaver Safari

Woman watching for beavers through binoculars

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

We meet you in central Blairgowrie & transport you to the River Ericht. We have a short walk to the river 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 had a 100% success rate of seeing the beavers on this trip in 2018 and 2017, as well as regular sightings of kingfishers and occasional otter appearances!

Key species: European beaver, Kingfisher, Sand martin, Dipper, Goosander.

PRICE: £50pp or £150 for family bookings (2 adults + 2 children)
GROUP SIZE: Max 4 people
TIME: 2.5 hours
AVAILABLE: All year round

Half-Day Beaver Safari

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

This trip takes in two beaver locations where they live in different habitats. The first part of the trip goes to a location where beavers have built a series of amazing dams and we can easily see how they have changed the surroundings to produce wetlands. We then go to a nearby river to enjoy an evening of watching the beaver family that lives there. With their lodge in the riverbank and no dams, these beavers have had a minimal impact on their environment.

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 had a 100% success rate on our evening trips in 2018 and 2017.

Key species: European beaver, Kingfisher, Sand martin, Dipper, Goosander.

PRICE: £160 (group booking only)
GROUP SIZE: 4 people
TIME: 4 hours
AVAILABLE: All year round

Beaver Safari by Kayak – as seen on Countryfile!

Four people in two-person kayaks going down the River Tay looking for beavers

We have teamed up with local kayaking and canoeing experts Perth City Tours to deliver this new tour, which takes place on a sheltered section of the River Tay, close to Perth. Rather than canoes we actually use sea kayaks which are very stable and easy to use.

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  the beavers themselves (and although we can never guarantee wildlife sightings, we see the beavers on around 60% of our kayak safaris). The best time to see the beavers is in the evening but we can run the tour at any time. The Beaver Safari by Kayak includes kayaking instruction, your kayak, buoyancy aid, guiding by your wildlife guide and a wee dram at the end!

Key species: European beaver, Kingfisher, Osprey, Sand martin, Heron, Sandpiper.

PRICE: £50pp
GROUP SIZE: Max 6 people
TIME: 2.5 hours
AVAILABLE: April – October

Alex Royden
positive review 
26/08/19 - Facebook

We went on the kayaking beaver safari last week, it was such an informative and enjoyable evening out. We got... read more

Ric Crossman
positive review 
22/08/19 - Facebook

Had a delightful evening going on beaver safari. Daniele clearly knew her stuff, and the first beaver arrived within minutes... read more

Matt Wilcoxon
positive review 
06/08/19 - Facebook

We attended the half day beaver safari last week. It was amazing to see them in the wild, but also... read more

wildliferecorder
5 star rating
31/07/19 - TripAdvisor

Wonderful Beaver Safari My wife and I spent a fantastic evening with Daniele on a Beaver Safari to the River Ericht where we... read more

Our Tours, Walks & More

Beaver Tours

Guided Wildlife Walks

Tours around Perthshire

Seasonal Walks

Consultancy

Education

Celtica Wildflowers

About Perthshire