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Tarbert (Loch Fyne)

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Tarbert is a village in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

Get in[edit]

Tarbert harbour

By bus[edit]

Tarbert and Tarbet
On the 926 bus service from Glasgow to Campbeltown, there are two stops called Tarbert and Tarbet, which is next to Loch Lomond. If you don't make it clear to the driver of the bus, you could be 50 miles away from your destination before you know it!

Tarbert is served by the Citylink 926 bus from Glasgow to Campbeltown five times per day. Buses often run in West Coast Motors livery. The journey may take three and a quarter hours to get to Tarbert during peak times.

By Boat[edit]

Caledonian MacBrayne runs the following car ferries to Kintyre which may be of interest:

  • Portavadie to Tarbert: every hour or so (daytime) daily, with a less frequent service in winter. Together with the Gourock to Dunoon service, this provides a shorter route from Glasgow, or makes part of various circular routes. Buses also link Portavadie with Bute and Dunoon (for the ferry to Gourock and the train link there to Glasgow).
  • Islay to Kennacraig: twice a day (up to five a day in summer). Kennacraig is 6 miles south of Tarbert, and is linked to Tarbert by buses to/from Campbeltown and Skipness. Through services from Colonsay to Kennacraig operate weekly during the summer season.
  • Claonaig to Lochranza (Arran): 1¼ hourly daily from March to October. Claonaig is about 10 to 11 miles south of Tarbert and is linked to Tarbert by buses heading to/from Skipness. During the winter, a singular daily service links Lochranza and Tarbert directly.
  • Isle of Gigha to Tayinloan: daily, roughly hourly. Tayinloan is 12 miles south of Tarbert, and is linked to Tarbert by the Citylink and West Coast Motors buses to/from Campbeltown. However, Citylink services do not run to the ferry terminal and only stop in the village - there is a ¼ mile walk from the bus stop to the pier.
  • Ardrossan to Campbeltown: three times weekly during the summer season only. More frequent connections (and through tickets) are available from Ardrossan to Brodick (on Arran), then the ferry at Lochranza.

Get around[edit]

The village can be easily explored on foot.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Tourist Information Office in Harbour Street open daily in summer.
  • Yachts and fishing boats in the harbour
  • Gardens of Stonefield Castle Hotel.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Seafood Festival in July
  • Tarbert Fair in July
  • Music Festival in September

Buy[edit][add listing]

Beautiful engraved glass and original artwork at the Luckenbooth Gallery

Prints and original art at Loch Fyne Gallery

Stuart Heard's original paintings

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • There is an excellent chippy in the Town Centre - called the Ca'Dora, on the road to the Tarbert ferry terminal. Serves some of the best fish and chips ever, and has been a legend for Islay travellers for at least 50 years!
  • Anchorage Restaurant, Harbour street, [1]. Best restaurant in Tarbert great seafood  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Cafebarge. Excellent licensed cafe serving vegetarian and seafood. Oh, and it is on a big old barge moored in the harbour.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Bed and Breakfast[edit]

  • Dunivaig B&B, Pier Road, Tarbert, Argyll PA29 6UG, +44 1880 820896 [2].
  • Glenorchy Villa, Pier Road, Tarbert, PA29 6UG, +44 1880 820623.


  • West Loch Hotel Tarbet, Argyll, PA29 6YF, Tel: +44 1880 820283 [3].
  • Stonefield Castle Hotel, Tarbert PA29 6YJ. Set in Gardens 2 miles from Tarbert. Expensive.

Get out[edit]

Your next stop could be Islay, Gigha, Arran, Bute, Dunoon or Oban.

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