Tarbert

Tarbert is an idyllic Scottish village , popularly known as  the gateway to the beautiful peninsula of Kintyre.The fishing village of Tarbert sits at the head of East Loch Tarbert, in a sheltered bay backed by forested hills, and is one the most attractive ports on the west coast. Tarbert (the name derives from the Gaelic An Tairbeart meaning "isthmus") has a long tradition of fishing, and in the 18th and 19th centuries was a major herring port. Today, prawns and other shellfish are the main catch and though there is still a sizeable fleet, fishing has declined in importance to the local economy. Tourism, meanwhile, is a growing source of income, and Tarbert attracts its fair share of yachties, particularly in May when the village hosts the second largest racing series in the UK after Cowes attracting hundreds of boats and thousands of visitors.

The Scottish Series, considered as the second largest yacht race in the UK that sails into the attractive natural harbour. TIC, Harbour St, Tel.01880-820429, Apr-Oct. The town also hosts an excellent folk music festival, over a weekend at the end of September (for details, Tel. 820343).

Festivals

Tarbert Music Festival : it is a popular annual event held in the month of Septemeber and features  contemporary and traditional Scottish Music and several bands will play in the  pubs and hotels around the harbour, attracting music buffs and tourists from all over. Some of the other important  events in Tarbert include the  Scottish Series Yacht Race, and the Tarbert Seafood Festival,  during which this tiny village will turn into a bee hive of activities.

Banks

Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank are both on Harbour St, and both have ATMs.

Visitor guide to Tarbert in Argyll Guide gives you information on the area, including getting to Tarbert, places to visit, shopping, sleeping and eating. Also include information on accommodation and Hotels In Tarbert.

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