For keen walkers, ascending the 845 metre Corbett Ben Resipole might be just the way the spend a day. The path up the Ben can be accessed directly from the campsite. On a clear day, the views from the top across Ardnamurchan to the Inner Hebrides, and to Ben Nevis, are incredible.
Walking across Ben Resipole is treading in the footsteps of history. There were ancient burial routes across the Ben, leading to the burial site of St Finan on the Green Isle (Eilean Uaine) in the nearby Loch Shiel. This was a place of pilgrimage and burial for centuries. Resting cairns (spots where people rested on their way) can still be spotted on Ben Resipole today.
If you enjoy running, and particularly hill running, then Ben Resipole might be an excellent place for a challenge! The first ‘Beinn Resipol Hill Race’ took place in 2015, and if you’d like to read about it, or sign up to this year’s race, please click here.
Resipole can be a fantastic starting point for cycling too – enjoy incredible views as you cycle along Loch Sunart and through beautiful scenery.
If you prefer a gentler pace, there are several local walks to enjoy, which can be started at the campsite.
- Wander to the Bay of Flies and marvel at the fairytale-like woodlands, then head down to the shore. Look out for the carved toadstools hiding in the woods!
- Find incredible lichens at Salen Oakwood, as well as the Great Spotted Woodpecker. Have a look at the Gaelic Alphabet Trail, which is owned and managed by the local community, and features a composting toilet!
This is one of the last remaining areas of the Caledonian Oakwoods. There was a lot of non-native conifer planting in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Today, the Sunart Oakwoods Initiative aims to regenerate the native oak and birch. Resipole is playing its part in the process through a cattle grazing scheme and extensive planting of indigenous species.
- Another walking destination is the Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide, which looks out on a seal colony. You might also spot otters, herons or birds of prey.
If you’re walking in the area, please take a minute to look at the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and remember to keep gates closed.