The village itself is host to an array of shops and galleries, some of which you can see the artists at work. Having indulged in a spot of retail therapy, you could stretch your sea legs a little further on one of the pleasant walks around the village.
Following the road beyond the East Pier, you will eventually arrive at Shell Beach – a tiny cove made up entirely of broken scallop shells, overlooking Portavadie. Head in the opposite direction, on the North side of the harbour, through a forest trail starting at the end of Garval road, you will emerge on White Shore. The sheltered bay gets its name from the white sands visible at low tide and is perfect spot for a picnic or a paddle!
Of course, a visit to Tarbert would not be complete without a walk up to the Royal Castle, famous for its connection to Robert the Bruce. From here, more strenuous walks take you up the hill via the Corranbuie Trail, offering spectacular views across the loch. This is also the start of the famous Kintyre Way, which winds its way along the peninsula.
Tarbert is also on the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail, and opportunities to hire canoes, try stand-up paddle boarding or learn to wind-surf are available at West Loch. RIB boat tours depart from the marina, as well as dive charters.
Harbour Staff will be happy to help or advise you further about local attractions and activities.
Heritage Display and Local Information Point
"Tarbert Life is a new Heritage and Information centre situated in the heart of the fishing village of Tarbert. Tarbert Life provides general tourist information, information about What’s On in the area and an exhibition illustrating the cultural heritage and natural history of the village."
- From Explore Kintyre Scotland website
Opening hours are:
9am – 5pm every day
Information from transport links, accommodation, places to visit, events to festivals and leaflets.
Also find out about the history of the village from its Medieval roots through to more recent times, what natural history you can discover around the village and Tarbert life today.
Not forgetting young explorers, we also have a small fun area for children.
Additional information and things to do, can be found at the links below: