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.

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