Holidays near Tarbert, West of Scotland...


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The historic fishing village of Tarbert is a delight to the inquiring traveller.

You will be entranced by Tarbert’s picturesque setting- a natural harbour, busy with fishing boats and yachts set of by the brightly coloured harbour front shops and houses that are so iconic of the west coast fishing villages. Tarbert’s centuries-old sea-based traditions still live on today in a 21st Century context. The brooding presence of Bruce’s Castle above the harbour was where the celebrated 14th Century King of the Scots, Robert the Bruce, held parliament. Today, its ruinous walls are have been secured and the stories of the turbulent history of Tarbert can be discovered while you admire the wonderful view or have your picnic in the grounds of the Castle.

Tarbert HarbourThe visitor centre at An Tairbeart is a central hub for discovering and accessing the varied activities and interests that are available in the area, from the best wildlife walks to live entertainment and events such as the annual Tarbert Seafood and Music Festivals. Here are a selection of activities that may indulge your passions:

  • Yachting
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Tarbert MarinaBird watching
  • Beaches/shores and coast lines
  • Surfing
  • Gardens
  • Whisky tours
  • Golf
  • Restaurants
  • Sea fishing
  • Art and crafts exhibitions
  • Horse riding
  • Diving
  • Wildlife spotting (inc. Scottish Beaver Trail)

An Tairbeart is strategically positioned on the A83 from Glasgow to Campbeltown, just to the south of Tarbert and is truly the gateway to Kintyre and the islands.

  • An Tairbeart is on the Sustrans Route 78 (Oban to Campbeltown) with Route 75 (Forth and Clyde) accessible by ferry.
  • The Inner Hebrides of Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Coll, Gigha and Arran are all accessible by using the Calmac ferry services with daily services.
  •” The Kintyre Way is an 87 mile long distance walking route which runs from Tarbert to Southend with many spectacular views across to the islands and even Ireland on a clear day.

You may find the website” useful.   This is a road travel reporting website, which provides the most up-to-date road traffic information. Data is updated every 5 minutes using sensors placed on motorways and common A / B roads.


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