I spent some time outside of Strontian, and headed over to the Resipole Camping grounds, a few miles further down the Peninsula. With the slow transformation of the landscape and the ever so slightly warmer weather, it was definitely a welcomed change.
The flowers are starting to blossom in the local woodlands which is always an excuse to get the camera out and practice. I’m so amazed by the variety of colourful wild flowers that are beginning to appear. I have my fingers well and truly crossed that I will start seeing some marine life since the warmer weather is upon us.
Spent a total of 10 days at Resipole Holiday Park, which is located further along the peninsula and sits parallel to Loch Sunart. Located almost directly behind the camping grounds is the Corbett Ben Resipole, although its presence is obscured by a large hill, however, a 5 minute walk along the road allows for a magnificent view of this beautiful mountain. I did consider climbing it, however it was a lot bigger than I imagined, so decided to just gaze upon it from the safety of the ground since I’m very inexperienced with hillwalking.
During my time here I was lucky enough to be shown how to make wild garlic pesto. The leaves that are needed are found in abundance by the nearby river and so was able to help pick out the best leaves. It’s amazing what you can learn from the locals and I love the idea of using wild foods and it was very easy and straight forward to make. Washed the leaves before blending them with a strong white cheese, ground almonds, lots of olive oil and salt and pepper, simple.
I was able to spend a morning exploring the beautiful countryside around Dalilea Farm and luckily the weather was fantastic too. I took a short stroll down to this small wooden pier by the banks of Loch Shiel. The water was perfectly still and the blue reflection of the sky made for some lovely reflection photographs. The scenery was amazing and we got an incredible view of Ben Resipole.
After relaxing at the side of the Loch, we took a short stroll further along a distinct track and into a rather muddy field. Not too much further on we ran into a large herd of cattle with their young calves. Obviously didn’t want to scare them so turning back was the sensible thing to do. Didn’t want to get trampled by cows! Was such a tranquil area and with no-one else there and the warm weather was an added bonus.
Not too far from Resipole, around a 5 minute drive heading towards Salen, is the Bay of Flies. In Gaelic it reads Sailean nan Cuileag. The Bay was thought to once be a docking area for Viking Ships during the winter months. Although it was a rainy and misty evening, it gave the place a great atmosphere. With no-one else there, we had the whole Bay to ourselves. Its best to wait until the tide has gone right out, as you are able to walk really far out, although the ground obviously became a little soggy and muddy in places because of the tide.
We made our way down the path and we eventually ventured left and headed straight for the woodland. If you venture through the woodland, you come to secluded area. This secret spot can only be reached once the tide has gone out. I would never have even thought to go through the woodland so I’m glad I was able to experience this tranquil spot. The ground was covered in - it was worth it. Not long after we arrived, I finally got a glimpse of an otter! He was splashing around hunting for fish and didn’t seem bothered by us at all and kept us entertained for a while.
Although the Bay only offers a short stroll, it’s definitely worth every second to visit this place and is great for spotting local wildlife.