The village of Tarbert Loch Fyne is an easterly facing small town on the upper east side of the Mull of Kintyre Peninsular. Its name like others of similar name such as Tarbet Loch Lomond, indicate that there is an isthmus of land. "Tarbert", and its derivatives, comes from a similar Norse word indicating that you could pull boats from one waterway to another. Therefore the small distance from West Loch Tarbert to the harbour on Loch Fyne, allowed the Vikings easy access from the waters of the west to the Clyde. This meant that they did not have to navigate the dangerous waters off the Mull of Kintyre and substantially reduced the time to get into places such as Loch Fyne.
The village is also a perfect anchorage and harbour for pleasure craft and small commercial fishing boats. The town has a bank and a few shops hotels pubs and restaurants. This is a popular wee place particularly in the summer months. For a number of years it has been the main focus of the Scottish Series. A week of yacht racing at the beginning of the summer season which brings this small town to life. Through the summer they also have a Gala week and a Music festival in September.
Tarbert has also become a good overnight place to stay for anyone travelling on to the islands of Gigha, Islay or Jura. There is also a ferry to Portavadie on the Cowal peninsula which runs every day hourly. About nine miles south of Tarbert there is a ferry to the isle of Arran from Claonaig Kintyre to Lochranza on Arran.
On the hillside above the harbour you will find the remains of Tarbert Castle, A popular picnic spot and there are also walks around this area. The castle walk itself is a nice 3 km loop with other trails leading south with magnificent views across and down Loch Fyne.
The Kintyre Way starts here and provides excellent long distance walking for those who love long walks with ever changing scenery. The Paths are a combination of tracks, forestry paths, and B roads. Unfortunately there are some parts which run alongside the main road for a short distance. It is hoped however that as time goes by there may be some future developments to the pathing system.
There are also many smaller non busy roads and forest tracks in the general area which are suitable for cycling. A particularly nice area is around and about Skipness and Skipness castle