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Tarbert Loch Fyne Welcomes You

Tarbert Loch Fyne is an idyllic Scottish village also known as the gateway to the beautiful peninsula of Kintyre in the south west portion of Argyll, Scotland.

The shops, pubs, hotels and houses settled snuggly around Tarbert's welcoming natural harbour, one of the very few in Scotland.

Tarbert has a great selection of accommodation, view Tarbert Hotels, Self Catering andbed and breakfast here in north Kintyre.

Most bed and breakfasts in Tarbert provide early morning breakfasts and transport for the early Tarbert to Islay ferry.

Tarbert Events

Tarbert Seafood Festival

July 2013

Tarbert Music Festival

September 2013


Tarbert Castle Restoration Complete

Tarbert Castle has been restored thanks to a public grant which means that its structure has been maintained and hopefully preserved for the future. Read more >>

Swans & Signets In Tarbert Harbour

It is a regular occurance to see a pair of swans in Tarbert Harbour, but it is unusual to see a pair with nine signets. Read more >>

Dolphins In Loch Fyne

Dolphins, whales and basking sharks used to be a regular sight at the entry to Tarbert on Loch Fyne, and after a number of years without a sighting 2009 saw the return of dolphins. Read more >>

More Information About Tarbert

The village of Tarbert Loch Fyne draws visitors from all over the world, renowned for Tarbert Castle, associated with Robert the Bruce, that overlooks the clear harbour waters. Tarbert is also renowned for some of the finest, freshest and tastiest seafood money can buy and remembered for the superb events and festivals that happen annually including the Scottish Series Yacht Race, Tarbert Seafood Festival and the Tarbert Music Festival. Nick Nairn has been a supporter and regular attraction at the annual Tarbert Seafood Festival for the last four years and is confirmed for 2009!

Tarbert, at the very north tip of Kintyre gives you superb access to all the ferry points across Kintyre, that travel to Gigha, Arran, Islay and Portavadie and gives you excellent access to all the locations of interest from Kilberry, the islands such as Jura, Islay, Gigha and Arran, the main road to the Mull of Kintyre and the main road in the other direction to Oban, and further on to Fort William.

The village at heart is a working fishing village landing catch almost daily and certainly every weekend, but is surrounded by areas of natural beauty and conservation. It is a special place to both live and work and the community achieves a great deal during the course of the year. There are many organisations and clubs, such as Tarbert Youth Group working with the young and underpriveleged to Tarbert Bowling Club which has been here for many many years, and also Tarbert Football Club which is achieving some success in the sport.


Tarbert is the perfect short stay location for access to the ferry services in the area and also great as a location to stay for holidays to explore the village and Kintyre. Most Tarbert B&B accommodation will provide early breakfast and transport to the early ferry due for Islay. Tarbert is only a 10 minute drive from the Kennacraig to Islay ferry. For information on hotel, self catering and bed and breakfast accommodation available in Tarbert Loch Fyne please click here.

Eating Out

Tarbert is a unique place offering accommodation and great eating places all set around the wonderful natural harbour and with wonderful light and views. To find out more about the best places to eat and drink please view our eating out section here.

Walks - The Kintyre Way

If you are a person who likes to walk, there is the start of the Kintyre Way walk here in Tarbert by Tarbert Castle, the first stretch of the Kintyre way uses the existing Tarbert to Skipness walk and the early part gives you superb views up Loch Fyne towards Lochgilphead. The walk criss crosses its way through towns throughout Kintyre including Campbeltown, Machrihanish, Tayinloan and Carradale. For more information on the walk please visit the Kintyre Way website.

Kintyre & South Of Tarbert Loch Fyne

Kintyre is the long narrow peninsula that affords mainland access via ferry to the stunning Islands such as Arran, Islay, Jura and Gigha. The peninsula of Kintyre is roughly 40 miles long containing rugged but stunning coastline, some small and quiet sandy beaches, forestry, hills and picturesque walks. Alot of the land here is farmland, more so towards Campbeltown and Southend, where there is a high dairy production of creams and cheeses.

Of course Kintyre is not only famous for cheese, malt whisky and seafood. Kintyre is also home to the Machrihanish Golf course, a championship quality golf course, one of many quality golf courses throughout Kintyre and Argyll. These include Tarbert Golf Club, Dunaverty Golf Club and Carradale.

From the southern tip of Kintyre, also known as the Mull Of Kintyre, made famous by Paul McCartneys 1977 number 1 hit single, you can on a clear day see the northern tip of Ireland. In fact on a good summer's day you can see Ireland as you travel southwards towards Campbeltown on the west side of the peninsula.

Kintyre on the whole has interesting geology, archeology and ancient history. Ruined castles are located at Tarbert and Skipness, with another at Dunaverty. Burial Cairns and standing stones are to be found across the landscape and many places of interest lay in wait for your discovery.

Kintyre is a stunning part of Scotland, encompassing more than the sum of its parts in terms of interest and quality. What better way to see all that Kintyre has to offer, than to use Tarbert as your holiday base with access to all the islands and the east and west coasts of Kintyre. Tarbert, also known as Tairbeart in past times, really will make your stay one to remember.