Tarbert

Situated on the west side of Loch Fyne, Tarbert is the closest village to Ardmarnoch as the crow flies.

Tarbert is a small fishing village with a natural harbour and stone built wall only 25 minutes by ferry from Portavadie. A small fishing fleet works from Tarbert although much of the catch is shellfish as opposed to herring for which Loch Fyne is famous.

Tarbert has a range of hotels, cafe’s and shops set snuggly around the harbour with an interesting church and castle ruin overlooking the harbour. There is a quality butcher selling award-winning black pudding and also Dougal Johnson, the local fishmonger behind the Tourist Information Office (you will need to ask a local exactly where it is! ) .Tarbert castle is also the starting point for the new Kintyre Way walk which criss crosses the peninsula of Kintyre. The walk was opened in summer 2007.

The village is also host to four major events each year, the Scottish Series Regatta and yacht race in May which is the UK’s second largest yachting regatta, a seafood festival in July featuring live cooking demonstrations, Tarbert Fair also in July and a music festival in September.

Only 20 minutes further around the peninsula from Tarbert is Skipness which is home to an impressive 13th Century castle ruin and chapel, not to mention a wonderful beach further along and magnificent views across to Arran.