Pets Welcome!

Pets Welcome

With so many woodland and coastal walks  it is so easy to find the perfect tranquil spot to unwind and give you that well earned peace a holiday on the West Coast can bring.

For a huge majority of us, there is always that problem of finding a place to stay that welcomes pets.

Some kennels offer a great service in taking care of your pets while you have a break, but here in Scotland there are many fabulous walks that your dog will love just as much as you would!

I decided to ask online so I could quickly gather a list of all pet friendly place to stay in and around Tarbert, so in no order of preference here is what we have so far;

West Loch Hotel, a short walk from the centre of the village on the shores of West Loch, easy access to forestry walks, you are also very close to the starting point of The Kintyre Way, a beautiful walk that criss crosses the whole of the Kintyre Peninsular.

The Kintyre Way

Also at West Loch are a selection of cosy lodges set on a hill they have spectacular views over the Loch.
West Loch Shores are set right beside Corranbuie, a natural woodland beside forestry land, you can follow the track all the way along to bring you back to Tarbert village.

The track is popular with other walkers, runners and dog walkers.
Although more often that not you can walk the full track without seeing another soul.
Also at West Loch you will find Kayak Majik, you can hire a canoe, try sea kayaking, even meet some of our local seal population,
A truly relaxing way to explore the lochs.

Argyll Haven also sits at the West Loch, another lodge sat in a quiet and beautiful location yet not too far from the village centre, surrounded by forest overlooking the loch. What better place to unwind!

Have you ever tried Glamping?
Well now you can, and what’s more you can bring your dogs too!
Stonefield Farm Holidays have small and cosy wooden wigwams, allowing you to enjoy the fun of camping outside but with the comfort of a sturdy and cosy shelter with washing and cleaning facilities.
There is also a coffee and farm shop on site serving fresh, local produce.

Tarbert From The Hills

In the village The Tarbert Hotel allows pets, with a friendly bar and delicious food it is another popular place to stay!

Also overlooking the beautiful Harbour is The Islay Frigate Hotel, it has a popular bar, a harbour view restaurant and a beer garden out the back, a pretty little sun trap to sit and relax in.

Overlooking the Tarbert Church is the Cullins Bed and Breakfast, a perfect base to relax after a day of exploring.

Just outside of the village, before you come in to Tarbert are Barfad Self Catering Holiday Cottages set in farmland, surrounded by woodland and near the shores of Loch Fyne.
There are 2 Cottages Available At Barfard the underlined text takes you to their site for further details. Lesley from the Loch Fyne Gallery told me on the All Things Tarbert Facebook Page

“Years before I had my cottage in Tarbert, I stayed at Barfad Farmlands a couple of times with dogs, the cottages were lovely, and direct access to White Shore was fab for the dogs. I met people with dogs over the summer who stay regularly, so they obviously still allow them”

So much exploring for a pup to do!

Barmore Farm Holiday Cottages at Stonefield are also pet friendly, currently their website doesn’t have all the info, but there are more details and photos at Hoseasons holiday site.

Sitting right on the shores of Loch Fyne near Stonefield castle is Shore Cottage, a peaceful retreat in beautiful surroundings.

Skipness is one of my personal favourite places, you can walk there from Tarbert, see the map on the Kintyre Way Website for the specific details for the track.
Be warned you may meet livestock on some sections.

The Seafood Cabin offers freshly prepared sea food along with tea and coffee, see their website for opening times and the menu.

If you visit Skipness do visit the castle, in the Summer the tower is opened allowing you to climb up to the top for magnificent views on a clear day.

Skipness Holiday Cottages are in a fantastic location, with beautiful walks and stunning views over to the Isle Of Arran, it is breathtakingly beautiful all year round.
Contact Sophie and ask for a brochure and booking form

Scotland, it’s very cool in Winter! <3

On the other side of West Loch is The B8024, with spectacular views of Kintyre and the Inner Hebrides, Jura, Islay, Gigha, if you come all the way to Tarbert you really should take a gentle drive along this road!

Dunmore Villa and Anchor Cottage sit right on the shore, totally wonderful if you love the sea!
Both are large, private self catering holiday lets with total privacy.

A short drive past the villa and slightly up the hill on your right is Dunmore Court, with self catering cottages in a shared courtyard.
Surrounded by ancient Oak woodland and wildlife with beautiful views from the hills.

Back over on the right hand side, with views over the loch, a few miles from Dumore Court is Barr Na Criche offering self catering or bed and breakfast holiday accommodation. It is a perfect get away from it all! Relax on the shores of the loch, walk miles through forest or countryside track or drive into one of the little villages for fine foods and excellent hospitality!

Standing Stones Loch Stornoway, Knapdale

Port Bàn Holiday Park is further along the road, it is set in a beautiful location and you are able to rent or buy a static caravan here.
You can also camp there with pitches for tents and hook ups for tourers and caravans.
Totally pet friendly, the whole site has poop bags and bins, making cleaning up easy, please keep all dogs on the lead on site.

Still within roughly a 30 minute drive from Tarbert Harbour is the beautiful Ellary Estate the cottages and chalets are situated on the Loch Caolisport side of Ellary Estate.
The cottages all stand in their own grounds, offering privacy and seclusion and are equipped with everything that you are likely to require on your holiday.

Just across the loch from Tarbert Harbour is the Portavadie Mariner with a superb spa and leisure centre.
The cottages and studio apartments are dog-friendly so you can bring your dog too!
The ferry trip takes less than half an hour, so it’s easy to pop over and back again.
Take a look at all the facilities on offer at Portavadie there is so much to see and do you will be wanting another holiday after your holiday! Set in beautiful surroundings with luxury accommodation.

Ferry To Portavadie. Photo by Blue Wave Services.

The George Hotel at Inveraray also accepts dogs, take a look at some of the virtual tours on their website for an excellent view of the rooms available.

Going further afield but still within easy travelling distance Mellow Melfort accepts all pets.
They have accommodation to suit a wide range of needs.

If you have holiday accommodation and allow pets in or near Tarbert please contact me and I will add your details.

If you are booking a holiday with your pets, please make sure you inform the owner you intend to bring pets, be sure you are happy and agree with any terms and conditions they may have prior to booking.
Please clean up after your pets and keep them under control around wildlife and livestock.

Thank you

Christmas In Tarbert

Christmas Day, Skipness 2014

It’s that time of the year again! It seems to come around faster and faster!
Christmas starts in Tarbert with the Christmas Fair on the 4th December.
Come visit the stalls in Templars Hall and local shops for some late night shopping
Join in the Community Carol singing as the Christmas Tree lights are switched on by the Seafood Queen.
You can follow the Tarbert Christmas Fair on Facebook for the latest details and updates.

Tarby Teds, the unique hand crafted beautiful Teddy Bears can also be found about and about during the Christmas Fair.
If you want to be in with a chance to take home one of these gorgeous bears you can donate something to the Kintyre Foodbank in return for a raffle ticket.
There are many other ways you can help, please see The Kintyre Foodbank Website for further details.

You can also send gifts to the Kintyre Foodbank through paypal, you don’t need an account to do so.

Christmas party nights at the Anchor Hotel on the 11th & 12th December

At the moment I can’t find details for The Islay Frigate, but their Facebook Page is looking very festive, so pop over there and follow them for updates or bookmark their website,
also keep and eye on The Tarbert Hotel for details of their festivities, either through their website or Facebook Page.
The Corner House is another worth following, if I get more updates I will add them.

West Loch Hotel  has a fantastic Christmas Menu, offering a 2 course or a 3 course meal, opening times and full details can be found here. Or by clicking the Christmas Banner On Their Homepage. You can also follow West Loch Hotel On Facebook.

Stonefield Castle Hotel are offering luxurious 2 or 3 Night Breaks over Christmas or the New Year enabling you to relax, be pampered and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, more details on their website.

Raising funds for Marie CurieMid Argyll Fundraising Group with a whisky and cocktail tasting night at The Stag Hotel Lochgilphead on Friday 4th December

You will find some of Springbank’s finest tipples for your entertainment.
Excellent, interesting and educational evening trying some of the finest Whisky in Scotland if not the world and also Donald’s fabulous cocktails using some of the other spirits produced by the distillery. The evening is being hosted by the Stag Hotel Lochgilphead and begins at 7.30pm. Every last penny of the £15.00 entry goes to Marie Curie with both Springbank and The Stag Hotel offering their assistance free of charge for the evening.

If you are holding an event over Christmas in or near Tarbert and I have not included your detaisl please contact me and I will add them to the website and  Tarbert Public Calendar.

Relax At Stonefield

Hotels In Tarbert

Rhu Wood

There are many fantastic Places To Stay In Tarbert.
Below is a list of hotels in and around Tarbert.
The links take you directly to their sites.
If your hotel isn’t listed or you know of one I haven’t listed please let me know and I will update this page.

Anchor Barge Hotel And Seabed Resturant is in the middle of Tarbert overlooking the harbour.
As well as their luxury hotel they now offer wonderful rooms aboard their Barge On The Loch!

The Islay Frigate is also in the middle of Tarbert with views over the harbour and a beer garden out the back.

Stonefield Castle Hotel is a beautiful Scottish castle built in 1837 overlooking Loch Fyne it is a beautiful retreat set in stunning grounds.

The Tarbert Hotel is easy to find in the middle of Tarbert overlooking the loch, stunning views and with everything on your doorstep, it’s ideal for a holiday or a short break whild exploring the islands.

West Loch Hotel sits on the shores of West Loch, is a pet friendly hotel, ideal for hikers and their four legged friends, with breathtaking views of the loch and the hills, it is just a short walk from the centre of Tarbert.

A beautiful village

If you have a hotel in or near Tarbert and I have not listed it, please contact me with the details and I will add it to this page.

Bed And Breakfast Accommodation

30 Nov 2012

After a busy day exploring, there is nothing better than falling into a big comfy bed to prepare for the adventures of the days ahead.

Here in Tarbert there are many B&B’s for you to choose from, however during busy seasons you should book in advance as spaces fill quickly.

Below is a list of B&B’s in and around Tarbert, as always, if I have missed one out or you find an incorrect link, please let me know.

Ardglass B&B In an Elevated position with views over the harbour.

Bàrr na Criche House A quiet, secluded location surrounded by woodland and with views over the loch.


Bluebell Cottage 5 miles from Tarbert, just off the A83 after Kennacraig, ideal position for ferry hopping breaks.

The Cuillins is a pet friendly B&B with parking spaces and room for bicycles, ideal for stopping off while touring.

Dunivaig is a  Scottish Baronial style home with stunning views overlooking Loch Fyne.

Dunultach offers Self Catering or B & B

The Kilberry Inn, a restaurant with accommodation makes a wonderful base for exploring Argyll as well as the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha

Knapp Guest House is right in the heart of the village.

The Moorings is a traditional stone-built fisherman’s cottage in the heart of the fishing village.

The Old Smithy is a former Blacksmiths workshop.

Southcliffe Bed & Breakfast is within walking distance of all local amenities in the village.

Springside is a traditional Scottish cottage overlooking the harbour.

Starfish Rooms is in the centre of the village above the amazing seafood restaurant and gallery.

Struan House is a traditional harbour side dwelling.

A Beautiful Fishing Village

Self Catering Breaks

The Perfect Break

There are plenty of options when it comes to enjoying a break in Tarbert, this section covers self catering holiday ideas.
Please note, this is just a guide, you will need to book direct, just click the underlined text to go to their websites.
If you have self catering accommodation available in or around Tarbert, please contact me and I will add your details to this page.
If any of the details are out of date, let me know and I will amend them.

Afton A classic Highland House with Castle Views

Anchor Cottage or Dunmore Villa at Dunmore estates both sit on the shores of West Loch

Lodges and/or cottages available through West Loch Shores

The huge, luxurious Balinakill Country House

Barfad Farmlands Holiday Cottages, a woodland retreat.

Barr na Criche Cottage A peaceful retreat with stunning loch views.

A Stunning 8 Bedroom Georgian Home Carse House.

Carradale Bay is a caravan park with spectacular countryside and sea views

Claonaig Lodge with an enclosed garden in a peaceful location, you really can get away from it all.

Cnocachanach Cottage with stunning views of Kintyre and a private sandy beach.

Cornwall House North has superb views over Tarbert & the harbour.

With sandy beaches in a tranquil location is Corrarie Cottage.

Coalfin House can easily accommodate up to 11 people, housed on a hill looking over to Arran

A lovely Log Cabin at Muasdale.

Dunolla looking over the harbour.

Choose Self Catering or B&B at Dunultach

Killean Estate, Tayinloan has a selection of properties available.

Kilbrannan Cottage Just feet from the beach with stunning views of Arran

Knap House South is in the centre of the village so everything is right on your doorstep.

Kilberry Castle Cottage is set in a beautiful secluded woodland.

Muasdale Holiday Park Touring / Camping Park + Self Catering Holiday Apartments

With views over Tarbert Petersville also has a large private garden.

Point Sands Holiday Park has holiday caravans available to hire or own.

Quay House overlooks the harbour, a cosy retreat.

Red Lodge Cottage is in the heart of the village.

Shore Holiday Cottage is on the shores of Loch Fyne.

Shorehills is a large luxury house in Carradale

Stonefield Farm Holidays offers self catering wigwams for glampers.

If you enjoy wild camping you are spoilt for choice, just please remember to leave your site as tidy as you found it.

Enjoy your stay!

So peaceful

Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides detailed guidance on these responsibilities.  The Code provides a practical guide to help everyone make informed decisions about what best to do in everyday situations, and provides the starting point for short promotional codes and more detailed advice about land and inland water.

Principles – the Code is based on three key principles:
• Respect the interests of other people.
Acting with courtesy, consideration and awareness is very important.  If you are exercising access rights, make sure that you respect the privacy, safety and livelihoods of those living or working in the outdoors, and the needs of other people enjoying the outdoors.  If you are a land manager, respect people’s use of the outdoors and their need for a safe and enjoyable visit.
• Care for the environment.
If you are exercising access rights, look after the places you visit and enjoy, and leave the land as you find it. If you are a land manager, help maintain the natural and cultural features which make the outdoors attractive to visit and enjoy.
• Take responsibility for your own actions.
If you are exercising access rights, remember that the outdoors cannot be made risk-free and act with care at all times for your own safety and that of others. If you are a land manager, act with care at all times for people’s safety.

Where To Stay In Tarbert

Tarbert Hotel

There are many places to stay in and around Tarbert, as this site grows I will add them all.
From the luxury of a home from home, the comforts or a modern hotel, a friendly B&B, camping, glamping and more you are sure to find the perfect place to relax and enjoy the hospitality in beautiful surroundings.
There is no order of preference, I am just starting with those I already have photographs of.
*update*
A list of Self Catering Holidays Here.

A list of B&B’s Here.

                                                                                      A list of Hotels Here.

The Tarbert Hotel is right in the middle of the village with stunning views over the loch.
Also overlooking the loch are The Islay Frigate Hotel and The Anchor Hotel.
Knap Guest House is also in the centre of Tarbert, if you book direct with them you get a 10% discount, see their website for more information.
Just two miles from the centre of Tarbert is Stonefield Castle, a magnificent Baronial Scottish castle set in 60 acres of woodland on the shores of Loch Fyne

The Islay Frigate

West Loch Hotel is a 10 minute walk from the village and sits overlooking West Loch. When I visited Tarbert for the very first time, we stopped here for a meal.
As a dog owner I was delighted to not only be made to feel very welcome, but before my order was taken, our dog was given a fresh bowl of water.
It’s the little things that make the difference.
The meal was delicious too!

A short distance from West Loch Hotel is West Loch Shores Self Catering Holiday Lodges, a pretty holiday park that nestles in the hills giving visitors stunning views over the loch.
Apologies for my poor photograph, it was taken while out on my kayak with my mobile phone!
Visit their website for more details and much better pictures!
As this site grows you will realise I am mad about nature, astronomy, kayaking and of course, my dogs, so for me, I am quite happy to pack a tent and go, living in such a beautiful place makes camping a real pleasure and I can enjoy all of my hobbies with ease.
If you fancy camping but are not quite up to sleeping under the stars on a groundsheet, you can adjust in comfort by trying out the fantastic cosy little Wigwams at Stonefield
With the farm and coffee shop on site you can enjoy fresh local produce while glamping!

Go Glamping!