Images on this page courtesy of Steven Marshall Photography

Sunart (Gaelic: Suaineart: Svein's fjord) - is bounded to the south by Loch Sunart and Morvern, to the west by Ardnamurchan, to the north by Loch Shiel and to the east by Ardgour. Ancient oaks cover its south facing hillsides to form one of the best surviving remnants of the ancient Atlantic oak forest which once clothed most of the west coast of Scotland. Inland the landscape consists of rough, hilly country, mainly moorland, peat bog and woodland that is dominated by the Corbett Beinn Resipol (2772 feet).

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Bluebells in Ariundle Oakwood | Courtesy of Steven Marshall Photography -

The main settlement in Sunart the village of Strontian. The village’s centre has shops, a craft and visitors centre, campsite, post office with petrol, cafés, restaurants, a Pub and tourist accommodation. It takes in the crofting townships of Anaheilt, Scotstown and Ardnastang.

The head of Loch Sunart has a jetty and visitor moorings. Kayaking and canoeing trips and bike hire is available in Strontian.

Come here to visit the Ariundle National Nature Reserve and its Atlantic Oak woodlands home to fabulous mosses, ferns and lichen and the rare chequered skipper butterfly.

The name Strontian is the anglisied version of the scots gaelic 'Sròn an t-Sithein', which translates to 'Fairy point'. The village give the name to the mineral Strontianite after it was discovered nearby around 1790. It was the home of the lead mines in 1723 and employed over 500 workers. Remnants of the mining activity can be seen on many of the walks.

Resipole offers a camp site, tourist accommodation, art gallery and photographic studio and is a great place to start your ascent of Ben Resipole, the highest peak in the area.

Loch Sunart at Resipole | Courtesy of Steven Marshall Photography -

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