Sailing And Cruising Scotland Group

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If you enjoy sailing and cruising around Scotland and you are a facebook member I can highly recommend the Private Facebook Group sponsored by Clyde Outboard Services.
The group is set to private so you can chat freely among members, to find them you need to put “sailing & Cruising Scotland” into the facebook search bar.
You know you’ve found them when you get this group…

Just click to join group and wait for admin to let you in, as an added bonus a members currently get a  a 10% discount off Outboard Servicing when they quote S&C Scotland*
*Applies to members of the group only!

Where The Wild Things Are

Wildlife, it’s everywhere and it is my
very favourite thing about living in such a
beautiful place, we are lucky enough to share it with a wide range of
wildlife.
First things, first, be prepared, as
glorious as it is, there are things that would quite happily eat you.
If you are spending time in an area
with heather, bracken and long grasses, especially if the area is
visited by Deer or Sheep (almost certainly here), chances are you and
your dogs will be at risk from ticks.
Wear protective clothing, long boots or
gaiters and do check yourself over after spending any amount of time
out there.
Ticks can be dangerous, they can carry
Lyme’s disease, but the risk is minimised by
removing the tick cleanly and as soon as possible.
I spend so much
time outside with my dogs it has become a part of the daily routine
to check them all over and quickly remove the little beastie!
They are reddish, brown or grey
and can be various sizes, I’ve found tiny ones, smaller than a pin
head, and even worse, I’ve found large ones like big grey peas on my
poor dogs!
The very best, quickest, cleanest and
easiest way to remove them from people and pets is with these O’Tom Tick Twister

 

Always keep some in your rucksack!
If you become unwell within around 30
days after finding a tick on you, you must let your doctor know, the
sooner you are treated for Lymes disease the better chance you have
of being successfully treated.
As gross as they are, generally their
bite doesn’t hurt, nor does it hurt to remove them, but do ensure you
keep an eye on the bite area on you or your pet to help prevent the risk
of infection.
The midges, the midges,
I’m no gonnae kid ye’s,
the midges is really the limit.
Wi teeth like piranhas, they drive ye
bananas,
If ye let them get under yer simmit!
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Midges bites hurt! You can feel them,
it amazes me how they are so tiny, with such delicately patterned
wings they look so harmless but can be so annoying, their mouths feel like a mini circular saw!!
Don’t let them ruin your trip!

One of my dogs collecting critters!
I know we are going to have beautiful
weather if I open the door to let the dogs out in the morning and
there are a swarm of midges waiting to eat me.
Get to know them so they don’t ruin
your visit.
There are untold products out there to
protect you from insect bites, however the best we have found is Avon
Skin So Soft dry oil spray.
If you don’t have any, you might be
lucky and Karlina might have her usual reserves in stock.
If it’s windy, or raining, chances are
you wont be bothered by these little beasts, they tend to hang around
dawn and dusk in sheltered places.

I have heard (but not yet tried) a
yeast trap, apparently if you put some yeast and warm water in a jar
the midges are attracted to the carbon dioxide and will drown in the
jar.
You can keep track of the Local Midge Forecast Here!
Midges are also a food source for many
other beauties, so while they may be a minor irritation for us they are well worth tolerating for the sake of the bats, birds and other animals that need them in their daily diet

Where To Start?

West Loch Shores Log Cabins From The Loch

I am sitting here, gazing out over the
West Loch wondering where to start!

What is there to see and do in Tarbert?
We have fine dining, beautiful,
historical hotels, pubs, diners, numerous festivals, golf,beautiful walks,
pony treks, running and cycling events, boating, sailing, including
the Scottish Series, fishing, wind surfing, kayaking, canoeing,
artists and galleries, crafts of all kinds.
Ancient ruins, standing stones and all
of this among breathtaking scenery and beautiful wildlife.
As this site builds I will cover it
all, but it is going to take some time!

Tarbert Golf Club
For now, I’m sitting here watching a
butterfly fluttering over the long grass by the loch, some birds too
far for me to identify, wading in the tidal water, watching sheep
grazing over the other side on the hills of Kintyre, today I can see
them, but it really does depend on the weather.
Every now and then I am lucky enough to
see an Otter dash out, Deer grazing, and I am entertained by the
social interactions between the many birds that live here.
Another thing I love, the weather, it
can change every 5 minutes, I love the low clouds that rest on the
hills or sit quietly on the lochs.
The rain that brings the burns alive
from trickle to roar as the water gushes down the hills and into the
loch.
If you love the great outdoors, you
really are spoilt for choice here, there is
so much to see and do. Be prepared, you will get wet.
If you enjoy hiking, you can walk all
the way from Tarbert to Cambeltown along the Kintyre way, taking you
along stunning woodland and coastal paths, the route is signposted,
do wear high visibility clothing as some of the route is along the
A83.
There are more details on the Kintyre Way Website.

Kintyre

I’m not quite that adventurous, but I
do enjoy a walk, there are numerous routes you can take that don’t
lead you too far from your base.
Up at Tarbert castle there is the Community Woodland with the recent addition of the Artistic Sculptures….
If you are staying at West Loch Shores self catering log cabins or West Loch Hotel there is a beautiful long walk you can do from
Corranbuie up to the village then back down to West Loch.
You can either stay on the forestry
track or walk up through the pathway in the woods.
There are some very boggy places along
the way in the forest so wear good boots. It’s lush and green with
various mosses, liverworts and lichens living on the trees and the
rocks, if you have time to stop and sit, do.
If you are still and quiet you are sure
to see plenty of wildlife.
As you continue through the woods you
end up back on the forestry track and leave the Oak, Hawthorn, Birch
and more behind as you head through the Pine.
Don’t turn right where the path heads
off in another direction if you are wanting to get to the village,
the right turn takes you through more pine until it comes to an
abrupt end by a massive water fall! There is a narrow steel bridge to
take you over the head towards Kennacraig farm, but I wouldn’t
attempt to cross it, it’s a huge drop onto rocks. I’m clumsy at the
best of times, so it’s a U turn there for me! 🙂
Back on the original path, just keep
going up the hills, stay on the track and you will eventually come to
Tarbert.

Spectacular views!
Stop for a breather at the picnic bench
by the Millennium Cairn and take in the beautiful views before you,
once down and back in the village there are plenty of places for you to stop
for refreshments.

How To Get To Tarbert

CalMac to Kennacraig

However you choose to visit Tarbert, you are sure to enjoy the journey, by road from Glasgow you travel along the A82  to Loch Long then the A83 to Tarbert.
By car it is a beautiful drive. See the map below for details.

There are ferries from various locations, if you fancy doing some island hopping, take a look at the Caledonian MacBrayne Website for further details and to plan your journey.

There is a coach service from Buchanan Bus Station, you can book online and check the timetables on the Scottish Citylink Website.
The bus service is the Glasgow to Campbeltown 926 with West Coast Motors.
There are also flights from Glasgow to Campbeltown Airport.
The airport is just over 30 miles from Tarbert, so if you are planning a flight, you can Book a Taxi in advance.
You can contact Tarbert Taxis on 01880 820220 or 07436 288992 or 07557 373834 for a quote and to check availability.

Of course, with such a beautiful natural sheltered harbour, Tarbert is easy to get to by sea.

Lat. 55o 52′ N – Long. 5o 24.5’W

To arrange a berth you can contact Tarbert Harbour via email,VHF CH14 or telephone 01880 820 344

Tarbert Harbour

Tarbert Castle

 Tarbert Castle

As you come into Tarbert, be it by land or sea, you are sure to spot the castle.
The climb to the top of the hill may be tiring for some but it is well worth the effort.
The views from the top are spectacular so if the weather is nice, take a cool drink and a picnic and make some time to really savour the view!
The grass around the castle is kept trim thanks to the Hebridean black sheep that live up there.

I found an excellent PDF file on the Knapdale People Website giving more details on the history of the castle and the surrounding area.

Tarbert Castle is looked after by The Tarbert Castle Trust, more information can be found on their website.
You can also follow the trust on their facebook page giving updates on news and developments, see below for a preview and give them a “like”
There are some fantastic pictures of the castle on the page taken by local and tourists, check out the community woodland too!

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Local Business Pages

N.MacDougall Tarbert Based Builder

As you may have noticed, local business pages are being added to the column on the right.
Slowly this site will build up with all of the info you could possible need if you live in, or plan to visit Tarbert, keep popping back, or follow the facebook page for updates!

If you have a business that covers the Tarbert area and would like your business added, please contact me with your details, either through here, the local Tarbert group on facebook, the Visit Tarbert Facebook Page or email me.

Spot the dog

My first local business to be added to this site had to be N.MacDougall Builder.
Nikki fitted a log burner into my home recently and I couldn’t have asked for a better service, beautiful job, well done.

It was a huge hit with the dog too, as soon as the work was done, our Collie took up prime position!

Today I have added Morven’s Marvelous Candles and Accessories, Take a look at the brilliant range of candles and other gift ideas, perfect to brighten up the home or give as gifts.
You can also organise a party through them, take a look at the website for more information.

I have also added 55 North Photography, one of our many local talented photographers who has captured many beautiful moments from the people and places in and around Tarbert.

Stonefield Castle Hotel Wedding

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Jurassic World or Minions? Today At Tarbert Loch Fyne

Visit Tarbert

Just a quick post to let you know the Screen Machine is visiting Tarbert today.

You can find it in the car park beside the bus turning circle opposite the church.
See the trailers below.
The Minions starts at 5:30 PM

and Jurassic World is on at 8:30 PM.

You can either book online or pay at the door, but hurry time is running out!

Don’t worry if you  miss it this time, go to the Screen Machine Website to sign up for regular updates and follow them on social media.

Welcome!

Tarbert, with thanks to www.55northphotography.co.uk

Thanks for visiting Visit Tarbert our brand new local news site.
Please bookmark us and visit often as the site is still under production, follow us on Facebook andTwitter for the latest news from out beautiful village on the West Coast of Scotland.


This site will grow to cover the many things to see and do around one of the most beautiful places around!



As you can tell, this website is currently brand new, and part of a local project that we hope will grow slowly and steadily giving you news, photos and stories to give you a taste of all the things to see and do in and around the Tarbert village and the hills, forests and coastlines around Kintyre.

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I shall add to this site as often as I can, but in the meantime if you have a business in Tarbert and would be happy to have a page on this site please contact me with your written advert with a photo or two if possible and I will add you to the site.