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Tarbert Harbour Mission Statement

THA operates Tarbert Harbour to contribute to Tarbert’s economic prosperity and sustainability.

About Tarbert Harbour Authority

Tarbert (Loch Fyne) Harbour Authority is a Trust Port established by Act of Parliament in 1912. It is an independent statutory body governed by its own legislation and guided by Government Code of Practice.


The governance of the Authority is undertaken by a board of eight trustees – four of whom are elected by the local community, three appointed, and the eighth member is the harbour Master/Port Manager.


The Authority is a not for profit organisation recognised as a social enterprise. Like any other self-financing business, THA is dependent on cash flow and profits for its successful operation. All surpluses are reinvested to ensure that the facilities and infrastructure are properly maintained and improved for the benefit of its users.


We work closely with the local community, supporting local events and providing benefits for its stakeholders through improving leisure facilities and amenities.



East Loch Tarbert has been used as a place of shelter for both fishermen and traders for over one hundred years.


In 1708 its importance was recognised by an Act of Parliament which empowered the local land owner, together with three justices of the peace nearest to Tarbert and the sheriff Principal of the shire, “to make and keep in good repair a harbour or quay at East Tarbert along with wharfs and buildings as they may be thought necessary for the anchoring of all ships and boats and for landing and laying of fish or merchandise”.

Under the provisions of this Act the landowner was granted the right to charge dues to “all persons and master of vessels using the harbour and its facilities". Such revenues thus raised were to be applied to making, amending and maintaining the said harbour and quay of East Tarbert.


Read More...The Harbour Act of 1708 required revision to take into account the changes of the previous 200 years. A petition to parliament by the then land owner (a trader merchant fisherman from Glasgow) resulted in the Tarbert Loch Fyne Harbour Order 1912 and the establishment of Tarbert (Loch Fyne) Harbour Authority. The order specified that the maintenance and regulation of Tarbert Harbour be vested with a body of trustees, not to exceed seven in number and although carrying considerable responsibility these positions were unremunerated. Provision was made for elections to be held on the second Tuesday of March every third year. The first sitting of the board of Trustees was held in April 1st 1913. This order was revised in 2007 when the Tarbert (Loch Fyne) Harbour Revision Order 2007 was enacted.The Trustees continue to be unremunerated, with all surpluses returned for the maintenance and improvement of the harbour. Please see the side bar on the right for up to date PDF documents outlining our safety and environmental policies, as well as the Accounts, strategic plan and biographies of our Trustees.


Meet the Team

We currently employ 9 members of staff


Harbour MasterDonald McAllisterOffice ManagerPauline LaycockMarine Supervisor / Deputy Harbour MasterDarren MairAccounts AdministratorCatherine MairReceptionist / Chandlery / Harbour Support OfficerShanon MacDonaldFish Quay OperativeCraig GibbHarbour AssistantBeckie TurnerHousekeeping & Groundwork AssistantShona Henderson


Board of Trustees


Tarbert Harbour Authority is committed to complying with the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code

Harbour Master – Donald McAllisterOriginally from Islay, Donald served as a Deck Officer in the Royal Navy for eight years and the Royal Navy Reserves for a further ten years. During his time at sea he served in fast patrol boats in Hong Kong, saw service in the Middle East , Falkland Islands, Caribbean and as a Fisheries Officer in the Fishery Protection Squadron. After leaving the Navy in 1988 he studied for an MBA at Edinburgh University before embarking on a career in Management in the Road Transport, Waste Management and in Senior management positions, for the last sixteen years, in the Marine Towage and Salvage industry. He joined Tarbert Harbour in November 2014.Chairman – Duncan CunninghamEducated at The Glasgow Academy and Cranfield Institute of Technology (Cranfield University), Duncan holds professional qualifications as a fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology, a member of the institute of Engineers & Shipbuilders in Scotland, and the Ex Deacon Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow. Duncan worked for the Young and Cunningham Group between November 1979 and July 2006, becoming Chairman in 1987.Deputy Chair – Carolyn MacDonaldCarolyn was raised in Tarbert and attended the local high school. On finishing school she left to study hotel management in Glasgow and worked there for a few years. On return to Tarbert Carolyn took over ownership of the Bruce Hotel now recognised as the Anchor after establishing it as a successful business she sold it in 2003. Carolyn moved to Mull for a while where she opened a hugely successful restaurant called ‘Cafe Fish’ which attracts people from all over the world. On the back of the restaurant success she returned to Tarbert to open a similar restaurant ‘Starfish’ which has become equally successful. Carolyn is passionate about the west coast of Scotland, proud of Tarbert and the way it has evolved and she is keen to be a part of future developments.Board Member – John HardieJohn Qualified as a chartered accountant in 1972 and has travelled extensively spending time living in South Africa and Australia. John moved to Tarbert in 1986 and became a partner in WM Duncan & Co. chartered accounts and developed the practice for the next twenty six years before retiring in 2013 after a spell as a senior partner. After returning to Tarbert John became a partner in the ownership of the Victoria Hotel and developed a successful established business which he sold in 2004. In 1998, with other community members, John established Tarbert Enterprise Company (TEC), a not for profit organisation. TEC originally raised grant funding to support the Scottish Series however has since become responsible for the management of several other Tarbert Festivals. John is now Director of TEC and Tarbert and Skipness Ltd.Board Member – James PrenticeRaised in Tarbert, James attended Tarbert Acedemy, leaving in 2002 to attend James Watt college in Paisley. After leaving college, he worked for Duffies Transport before taking up his position in the family business of J&C Prentice Shellfish, where he oversees the transportation section. James is married with three children and is very much involved in the Tarbert amateur football club.Board Member – Steve BleasbySteven began his working life as a Merchant Navy Deck Officer and was fortunate to visit and explore over 55 countries around the world whilst serving on LPG, Bulk and General Cargo vessels.  Eventually life ashore beckoned and Steven entered the world of commerce. Steven has held directorships and shareholdings in a range of companies, including business systems, printing, packaging, oil refining, training, consultants, and accountants. Eventually he entered into business consultancy, working closely with a number of companies.  Hard work, much travel and very challenging times, culminated in Steven being offered the position of Commercial Director UK & Ireland with the leading manufacturer of PET bottles and plastic closures.  The large customer base included all the major soft drinks brands.  He held this demanding position for a number of years but a quieter life was sought. In 2000 Steven moved to Tarbert from Yorkshire with his wife Rae to run their recently purchased retail business which became Loch Fyne Gallery.  This lifestyle move improved their quality of life enabling them to invest spare time in their chosen leisure pursuits and helping local groups and committees.  The business was sold in late 2015 and both took early retirement. Steven intends to use his retirement to pursue his love of travel and golf but intends to continue to live in Tarbert, a place he loves and is proud to call home.Board Member – Malcolm MacDonaldMalcolm has owned West Loch Shores since 1996, which offers self-catering lodge holidays. Over the last 20 years he has developed it into one of Kintyre’s major accommodation providers. Earlier this year, he launched a new touring park, which is also close to the village, offering pitches and facilities for touring caravans, camper vans and campers. Malcolm and his family are actively involved in the local community and support a number of organisations and initiatives including Tarbert Enterprise Company and most recently Tarbert’s Harbour Board.Board Member – Roger GodfreyRoger served for 16 years in the Merchant Navy, beginning as an Apprentice and Deck Officer with a traditional Scots tramping company, Andrew Weir & Co and culminating with serving as Master on a range of Offshore vessels with Maersk UK. Changing careers in 1988, Roger left the Merchant Navy and embarked on a new role in Business & Operational Management ashore, pursuing this for some 30 years and creating his own management consultancy business along the way. Coinciding with Roger’s retirement in 2018 he and his wife relocated their live aboard a barge to Tarbert Harbour following a visit in 2017 and Roger joined Tarbert Harbour as a Trustee in 2020.Board Member – Carolyn MacAlpineAfter growing up in Tarbert Carolyn spent a period of time in Glasgow studying Psychology and Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde. Following her studies Carolyn returned home to Tarbert to work for the Council where she now leads up the HR and Organisational Development function. Carolyn chairs the local CIPD group for HR professionals in Argyll and Bute and is an ambassador for the Beatson Cancer Charity. Carolyn is delighted to join the board of trustees and looks forward to contributing positively to future developments.

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