About Tarbert

Tarbert ( Gaelic: An Tairbeart). It is built around at the start of Loch Fyne  on East Loch Tarbert, an inlet of Loch Fyne on the peninsula of Kintyre.

Tarbert was part of the Gaelic overkingdom of Dál Riata and protected by three castles —  The ruin of Tarbert Castle still exist and can been seen above the village. Around the year 1098 King Magnus Barefoot of Norway negotiated the isthmus ( the narrow piece of land between East and West Loch Tarbert ) and laid claim to the Kintyre Peninsula.

Tarbert is famous for its seafood and hosts a seafood festival every year. In addition to the Seafood Festival, Tarbert also plays host to the Scottish Series, which usually takes place in the last weeks of May every year. This yacht race is the second biggest in the UK . Tarbert also has a well known music festival in September  a traditional Boat festival in July and the the ancient Tarbert Fair at the end of July. www.tarbertfestivals.co.uk/

Tarbert has also become a good overnight place to stay for anyone travelling on to the islands of Gigha, Islay or Jura. There is also a ferry to Portavadie on the Cowal peninsula which runs every day hourly. About nine miles south of Tarbert there is a ferry to the isle of Arran from Claonaig Kintyre to Lochranza on Arran.

On the hillside above the harbour you will find the remains of Tarbert Castle, A popular picnic spot and there are also walks around this area. The castle walk itself is a nice 3 km loop with other trails leading south with magnificent views across and down Loch Fyne.

The Kintyre Way starts here and provides excellent long distance walking for those who love long walks with ever changing scenery. The Paths are a combination of tracks, forestry paths, and B roads. Unfortunately there are some parts which run alongside the main road for a short distance. It is hoped however that as time goes by there may be some future developments to the pathing system. www.kintyreway.com/

There are also many smaller non busy roads and forest tracks in the general area which are suitable for cycling. A particularly nice area is around and about Skipness and Skipness castle.