We finally made the climb up to Tarbert Castle, on our visit of May 2016, and it was worth the effort in the hot sunshine. The views were beautiful, but there isn’t that much left of the castle, and really what you can see is a remains of a Tower House or Keep, built in 1494 by James IV, and I have taken photos of the notice boards which will tell you about it. As you walk up to the Tower House or Keep, you walk through the inner and outer baileys, which are just humps in the ground now, and all that is left of the ancient 1292 castle. When the castle fell into disrepair in 1760, most of the stone disappeared down the hill to the village, and I’m guessing that a lot of those village cottages have Royal Castle walls. But what I really remember most about the visit, apart from the fantastic views, were the hundreds of bluebells just covering the hillside, really beautiful. We then had to rush down the hill to catch our ferry to Islay, as we had lingered far too long in the sunshine.