Gallery of Old Photographs Of Tarbert

Cottage, Baluachdrach, Old Photo, Historical Photos, Tarbert Loch Fyne, Argyll & Bute, Scotland, West Coast, Scottish Highlands
Cottage at Baluachdrach

A trip down memory lane, beautiful photographs from Tarbert.

If you have any you would like to see added to this collection please contact me and I will add them , with full credit to the photo’s going to you.

To view greater detail, just click on the images to enlarge to full size.

The pictures in this gallery have been collected from public internet images, if any pictures in here belong to you please contact me so I can add your details to them.

Some of these images appear on other websites, check out

https://www.paddlesteamers.org/scottish/waverleys-sabbath-trip-to-tarbert/

http://tour-scotland-photographs.blogspot.co.uk/

https://www.thecastlesofscotland.co.uk/the-best-castles/scenic-castles/tarbert-castle/

https://hiveminer.com/User/Angela%20Towndrow/Timeline

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!
Kennacraig Camping Pods have small and cosy wooden pods , allowing you to enjoy the fun of camping outside but with the comfort of a sturdy and cosy shelter with washing and cleaning facilities.

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!

The Mews is a pet friendly guesthouse in Tarbert village

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

MV Finlaggan From Tarbert To Islay

MV Finlaggan

Tarbert is not only the gateway to the stunning Kintyre Peninsula, it is also an ideal location to use as a base while island hopping around the Inner Hebrides.
Island hopping around Argyll’s Atlantic Islands is the perfect way to explore the west coast and see the rich history, wildlife and archaeological remains of this fascinating, ancient region
In time this site will cover all routes, but for now we are just popping over to the wonderful Isle of Islay.

The Isle of Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Southern Hebrides of Scotland and lies in Argyll and Bute.
A true wildlife paradise, everywhere along the coast you can find seals, wading birds, oyster catchers, gannets, terns, gulls, ducks, shags, cormorants.
Dolphin and  basking sharks can be spotted from the coastal areas.
The farm lands are also home to lapwings, curlews, fewer corncrake and many other birds.
Buzzards, Hen Harriers, Golden Eagles and other birds of prey can also be spotted.
The Isle of Jura, the Kintyre peninsula and Northern Ireland are Islay’s neighbours and should be added to your island hopping adventures too!

You can get to Islay from Kennacraig Ferry Terminal in Tarbert.
You can read more about Finlaggan In This Presentation.
The MV Finlaggan was the first CalMac ship to have “clam shell” bow doors, that open sideways. The car deck is partially open at the stern and has a mezzanine deck capable of taking an additional 18 cars
3 passenger decks with a restaurant, shop, and two disabled lifts serving all decks.
Entering through doors on the car deck, a staircase takes you up to a lounge with a bar/coffee shop, games room and baggage storage.
Further stairs, with a statue in the middle, take you to the cafeteria and a lounge with dog areas, a kid’s play area and televisions.
Below is a video I shot today of it leaving Kennacraig and heading off to Islay, what a beautiful calm, December day for it.

When you visit Islay, you must explore Finlaggan, the ancient capital of the once powerful sea-faring kingdom, the Lordship of the Isles.

Like many of the Scottish Isles you will find Islay has many treats in store, from fascinating history, wonderful food and of course fantastic whisky from one of the 8 distilleries.
If you cannot get to Islay right now but want to sample a wee dram, try these. Drinks by the Dram Islay Whisky Tasting Set (5 x 3cl)

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley- The Classic Laddie
Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest
Caol Ila 12 Year Old
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Lagavulin 16 Year Old
Islay is a world-renowned whisky producing island located in the Inner Hebrides.
A collection of fine single malt Scotch whiskies best enjoyed neat or with just a splash of water.

Bruichladdich 

Made from barley harvested at Rockside Farm, Islay, in 2006 and distilled in 2007. The specially selected grain, the slow distillation and carefully considered casks were vital in creating this iconic unpeated single malt.

Short Films

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I have set up a Youtube channel to add the short films I have been putting on Facebook and Google+.
More recently inspired by playing around with the phone settings while out with the dogs.
They are all short and at the moment there are only a few but I have embedded the playlist so it will grow in time.
It’s just a bit of fun, but it shows the forests and lochs etc, if you enjoy walking you should be inspired.

Storm Desmond 5th December 2015

Just a couple of videos I made while playing with my phone walking the dogs, it’s still very rough out there so please be careful.
If you are travelling locally and you have a facebook account bookmark the A83 Facebook Group for regular news, photos and updates from the people on the roads.

Take It Easy!

Deer On The Shores Of West Loch

With abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery along many of the roads in and around Tarbert, it makes sense to take it easy.

Locally to me, a family have started a campaign to slow traffic down on the Kilberry Road.
I was invited into their Facebook Group Slow Traffic On Kilberry Rd Campaign, and saddened to find reports of beloved pets and wildlife that had been killed by traffic on the road.
This summer I saw a Badger laying lifeless at the roadside.

The B8024 is a long single track road, in places the road runs very close to the shore, with good views across the Loch, in others in climbs steeply inland over low hills, before quickly returning to the the waters edge, or at least close to it.

For Fox Sake, Slow Down
Please

Generally the legal speed limit for the road is 60mph, however some feel that in many places the limit should be reduced to 30mph, especially near peoples homes where small children could be playing.

Children and animals are unpredictable and if you are racing along at 60mph you may not be able to stop in time to reduce the risk of a serious accident.
When I was a child I was hit by a car going far less than 60mph and suffered many broken bones and other injuries, I still have the scars and creaks to prove it!

I know how quickly and easily it can happen.
Don’t let it be you, or your child!
Please consider these points while travelling on many of our single track roads.

Sheep often own the road here and can be found wandering various sections at leisure, they have no road sense at all, you could bump into them anywhere, literally!

Driving along early evenings we quite often see Foxes, Deer and Badgers along the way.

These guys haven’t read the highway code, and pop out all over the place

If you are in too much of a hurry you are also missing out
on the visual treats along the way, with the climbing hills and twists and turns you catch sight of Arran and Jura as you travel along the B8024.
As the road snakes along side the lochs you can often see seals sunbathing on the rocks near the shore.

If you are unfamiliar with the road it can seem very peaceful and empty, giving you a false impression that you are unlikely to encounter anyone else.

Beautiful views of  Jura

Cyclists are always seen along this road, from groups of experts to families on their holiday with youngsters just learning to ride on the road.
There is not always room for them to move safely to the side to allow you to pass, so please go slow enough to allow little ones to cycle in safety.

In various sections along the road you may also encounter horses and their riders enjoying a walk along the road, with so many twists and turns there could be anything around the corner!


Deer can often just appear in the road, sometimes a big Stag just stands there and waits for you to move out of his way!
Always be prepared to pull in suddenly! There are many passing places for you to pull into.
You need to give way to larger vehicles such as the forestry lorries and farm traffic you could encounter.
Also be aware motorcycles cannot reverse, so to keep heading directly towards them just means you, or they are going to end up in a ditch!
Please give way, be prepared to meet anything on the next blind bend from a small child, horse riders, dog walkers to a huge lorry or rutting Stag, anything is possible!
Most importantly, take care and enjoy the road, take your time and enjoy the twisty turny, beautifully unpredictable road safely.

Breathtaking Views, for miles
The general traffic varies….

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

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!

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.