Remote, dramatic and wildly captivating, the Ardnamurchan peninsula stretches for mile after mile on the edge of the west coast of Scotland. Renowned for its natural beauty, its vast landscape and rugged coastline embraces moorland, forests, lochs, beaches and rare wildlife.
Be it heather, pine needles or sand under foot, it's a place where time stands still and an abiding sense of the past is always in the air. Steeped in ancient history and Celtic legends, Ardnamurchan's earliest people claimed the land over 6000 years ago. They were followed over millennia and centuries by Iron Age settlers, Irish saints, the Vikings, Bonnie Prince Charlie and ultimately Highland clans, with members enduring the hardship and sorrow of the clearances in the 18th and 19th centuries. Yet above all, it is a land of renewal and today it is home to crofting communities, hamlets, villages and townships.
The Sunart Soap Company is based in the village of Strontian, the main village in Sunart. Bounded to the south by Loch Sunart and Morvern, to the west by Ardnamurchan, to the north by Loch Sheil and to the east by Ardgour, its south facing hillsides are covered by the best surviving remnants of the ancient Atlantic oak forest that once grew throughout Scotland's west coast.
For locals and visitors alike, once experienced Ardnamurchan lingers forever in the heart. It's that special ability to leave its very own imprint that inspired the phrase, 'Where ancient forest meets the Atlantic Ocean'. The Sunart Soap Company is proud to echo the spirit of the place we're proud to call home in our branding and in everything we do.
Our launch collection features three signature ranges - Berry, Herb and Wood - each handcrafted using traditional methods and the finest, carefully sourced ingredients to create carrot oil based hand & body creams, organic hand & body washes, organic glycerine soaps and natural lip balms. And to honour Sunart's heritage and culture, we've included the Gaelic* name in each range:
Berry - dearcag - pronounced 'jerr-cac'
Herb - luibh - pronounced 'looyv'
Wood - fiodh - pronounced 'fee-yu(gh)'
*Our thanks to Sarah Madden, Strontian, for help with Gaelic pronunciations.