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.
Local Sights & Activities for Tarbert
Overlooking the harbour is the dramatically sited ruin of Tarbert Castle, Robert the Bruce's 14th-century castle. There's not much left to see, other than the five-storey 15th-century keep. It's unsafe to investigate the ruins too closely, but the view alone is worth the walk. There are steps leading up to the castle, next to the Loch Fyne Gallery on Harbour Street. Behind the castle there are several marked trails leading up into the hills, with great views over Loch Fyne and the islands. Less strenuous is the short walk at the end of Garvel Road, on the north side of the harbour, which leads to the beach. At the end of East Pier road, beyond the Cowal Ferry, is another interesting walk, to the Shell Beaches. You can also explore the lovely gardens at Stonefield Castle Hotel.
Just south of town, on the main A83, is the An Tairbeart Heritage Centre, which tells you all you need to know about the area's fascinating history, as well as providing a whole host of activities such as woodturning and sheep shearing. There's also a good, moderately priced restaurant offering local specialities such as venison and oysters. Easter till early Jan daily 1000-1900. Free. Tel. 820190.
Tarbert Hotels & Accommodation
Three miles north on the A82 to Lochgilphead is the sumptuous Stonefield Castle Hotel, Tel. 820836, Fax. 820929. Price includes dinner. A magnificent Baronial Victorian mansion set in 60 acres of beautiful woodland garden, with great views across the loch and an acclaimed restaurant to boot. There's a good selection of places to stay in Tarbert itself, including the Columba Hotel, Tel/Fax. 820808, www.columbahotel.com, on East Pier Rd. 10 rooms. Price includes dinner. This refurbished and comfortable Victorian hotel is on the waterfront and features fine cooking (mid-range) in its restaurant. The popular bar offers cheap, imaginative meals. Just outside the village is the West Loch Hotel, Tel. 820283, Fax. 820930, a traditional 18th-century coaching inn on the main A83 overlooking West Loch Tarbert. Price includes dinner. There's also plenty of B&B accommodation, and a campsite at Escart Bay, in a secluded spot overlooking West Loch Tarbert, Tel. 820873.
Self Catering Cottages in Tarbert
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