Last year, May 2016, on our way to Kennacraig Ferry Terminal, to catch the ferry to Islay, we had about fours hours to spare, so we stopped at Tarbert which is on the way. Target is a fishing town built around East Loch Tarbert, an inlet of Lock Fyne, in the Argyll and Bute council area. We had never visited Tarbet before, but I had read it had a castle, so we were looking forward to somewhere new to explore…..we were not disappointed.
I also saw a large church, which I would have loved to have explored, but the castle won, mainly as I was thinking of the wonderful views we would see as we climbed.
Tarbert is the gateway to the beautiful peninsula of Kintyre and the lovely natural harbour is full of boats. There is still a working fishing fleet and plenty of yachts to sail these beautiful waters. As a strategic stronghold during the Middle Ages, Tarbert’s economic prosperity came during the Early Modern period, as the port developed into a fishing town. At its height, the Loch Fyne herring fishery attracted hundreds of vessels to Tarbert.
High above the town is Robert the Bruce’s 14th century castle, only the keep remains, but the visit to the castle will be covered in the next post. There is quite a climb to the castle, well it felt like it in the hot sunshine, there are some steep steps first, then a grass path to the top. The views were really wonderful and we were so lucky that the weather was behaving.
The following photos were views taken on route to the castle.