Wildlife safaris in the UK: My weekend spotting beavers on a rewilding estate in Scotland

Want to reconnect with nature? At Argaty Cottage, guests share the land and skies with red squirrels, kites and ospreys.

You first spot a beaver by the ripples it makes on the water. I try to keep my eyes peeled but soon lose myself in the stillness of the pond I’m sitting next to in Perthshire, Scotland.

It’s golden hour in May and the trees – gnawed to various angles – make glorious reflections. Privately, I call this kind of scene ‘land before time’. It’s nothing like the dinosaur cartoon I watched as a kid, but something about this messy pastoral elicits the same sense of wonder.

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