East Sunart and Ben Resipole
The clachan or hamlet of Resipole is situated on the north shores of Loch Sunart and the south westerly foot of Ben Resipole. This varied mix of landscape from the alluring Scottish mountain, through ancient woodland to grassy fields provides a wealth of environments for both plants and animals. In particular where the burn runs off the mountain and cuts a gorge through the woodlands is a lichenologists’ Mecca.
From these hidden away places many creatures venture out and Resipole receives regular visits from red deer, otters, porpoises, pine martens, herons, buzzards, geese and an abundance of garden and sea birds. Badgers, foxes, chequered skippered butterflies, roe deer and eagles also make an appearance but they are less habitual. Both sides of Resipole there are pathed walks within the Atlantic Oakwoods - www.sunartoakwoods.org.uk - and to the East is the superb wildlife hide Garbh Eilean - www.sunartoakwoods.org.uk/getactive/aboutthehide .
The name, thought to hark back to Viking times, is pronounced Resi-pole. Although no direct translation is found all suggestions point towards habitation such as the Norse for ‘farmsted’. With an ever growing population Resipole is currently home to nearly 30 full time residents and several part time residents.
Resipole farm in the centre straddles the river ‘Allt Mhic Chiarain’ and provides brilliant camping grounds and facilities as well as a range of self catering accommodation. The reception office car park also signifies the start of the walk up Ben Resipole, which although a corbett requires 5-7 hours to complete and rewards the climber with breath taking surround views encompassing the Inner Hebrides, west Ardnamurchan and back inland towards Ben Nevis.
Resipole Studios situated on the banks of the river is well sign posted and displays an eclectic mix of fine art and sculptures from local artists and artist from across Scotland. Also providing bespoke framing services and large format printing, with free entrance it is well worth a visit.
Rockpool House offers luxury B&B, a self catering apartment and sell hand crafted items from their workshop such as one off: shell wreaths, drift wood sculptures, jewellery, chutneys and many interesting things.