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Tarbert Harbour has 125 berths for visitors to the traditional working fishing village. It has a newly established recreation area with a large summer marquee and beautiful Astro Turf Area. There is an outdoor gym, table tennis, boules, picnic area and bbq and large outdoor garden games can be hired from the Harbour Office, making it a popular location for families and groups.
Sailing customers have access to free 24 hours toilet & showers, free electricy, free wifi, free parking in addition there is a laundry service and gas and diesel are available.
Tarbert dates back to ancient Gaelic tribes in the 700’s and was the site of numerous battles. In 1098, the Nordic King Magnus Barefoot had a longship carried across the isthmus to prove Tarbert was an island (it’s not) and therefore he could claim it as his own. A castle was eventually built in the early 1300s and reinforced in 1320. A towerhouse was added in the 16th century and this is mostly what remains of the castle today.
The town picked up in the 1850’s when it became a major fishing village offering steamers to Glasgow by 1894. Today, the town is top sailing destination providing access to the west coast islands and passage through the Crinan Canal, as well as being well connected with four different ferry services, good bus links and easy access to the A83. It still retains a lot of it’s rustic charm and ancient history.
Things to see and do
Tarbert Golf Course lies at the top of West Tarbert Loch and is extremely well cared for. Though only a small course, it gives great views over the town and a fun day out at a good price. Nature walks in the Lochend or Baliver woods are also a great way to spend an afternoon, or you could stick to the coast and visit Whiteshore or Shell Beach. Much of the area is untouched and offers excellent chances to see wildlife.
A walk around to Tarbet Castle is also an option, but be aware that the structure is considered unstable and you will be forced to keep some distance from it. From the hill which it stands on, it offers great views of the sunset over the Loch as well as excellent opportunities for all kinds of photography. Tarbert has been used in a number of Film and television programmes, more recently the BBC 1 programme 'On the Road'.
If you're after a little bit more action then there is Kayaking, Windsurfing, Rib Tours and Boat Charters, as well as tennis courts, and outdoor bowling pitches.
Local Events / Festivals
Tarbert is fast becoming the Festival Capital of Argyll playing host to 11 festivals throughout the year such as The annual Scottish Series hosted in Tarbert for 40 years, a large Viking Festival, Seafood Festival, Music Festival to name a few - you can find more info at www.tarbertfestivals.co.uk.
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Eating and Drinking
Scott’s Restaurant is by far the best place to go in Tarbert for lunch. This seafood restaurant sits right by the quayside and serves excellent food to go with its excellent service. The restaurant isn’t that big on the inside however and I would really recommend booking in advance to guarantee you can get a table.
Alternatively, if Scotts is full, I recommend the Anchorage Restaurant. Another small place, the ambience is extremely inviting and the décor is tasteful. The staff are great with everyone and the food is amazing, especially for the price. If you fancy a cheaper dinner out then how can you beat fish and chips or an ice cream by the Harbour side and watching the boats come in?
Tarberts bars are warm and friendly and the banter is first class, especially the old stories from the working fishermen.
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|Address:||Tarbert Harbour Office, Garval Road, Tarbert, Argyll, PA29 6TR|
|Long / Latitude:||N 55° 52' 1" W -5° 25' 4"|
|Fax:||01880 820 719|
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The nearest airport is Glasgow Central and leaves a 2-4 hours journey ahead of you depending on your choice of transport.
No trains are available to Tarbert.
A coach service runs from Glasgow numbered 926. It travels around the headland and takes around 3 hours.
The best car journey from Glasgow to Tarbert travels around the headland by way of the A83. In total, 2 hours 20 minutes.