Tarbert forest notice
COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
At this location:
- The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.
- Toilets are closed while we work to make them safe for you to use. A phased reopening of our public toilet facilities began on Monday, 20 July 2020. For now, please “go before you go” and check helpful apps or websites to find toilets that are open nearby.
Quarrying operations will be taking place at Corranbuie on the Kintyre Way route on 27 July 2020 between 9am and 12noon. Access will be restricted at this time for safety reasons. An alternative route is not readily available so some disruption should be expected.”
Climb above Tarbert village for views across Kintyre
Choose from two scenic trails from Tarbert Castle, taking you up to rocky hillside and the high moors beyond. From here, you'll have panoramic views over the pretty village harbour and across Loch Fyne to the Cowal peninsula.
Tarbert Castle Trail
A charming stroll through bracken and heather with great views over East Loch Tarbert and legendary Tarbert Castle.
Wide, uneven grassy surface with sections that may be muddy. Includes some steep slopes and a narrow kissing gate.
Allow ¾ hours
Climb across the craggy heath high above Tarbert to Barr Reamhar and the Millennium Cairn. There are fabulous views across Kintyre and Loch Fyne.
Long and very steep slopes. Uneven gravel surface, with some grassy and rough rocky sections. Occasional patches may be muddy. Includes several bridges and some narrow chicanes and kissing gates.
Allow 2 hours
Look out for roe and sika deer amongst the trees as you climb, and watch the skies for glimpses of golden eagles.
Tarbert is the start of the 100 mile Kintyre Way, a waymarked long distance trail that criss-crosses the lovely Kintyre peninsula to Dunaverty in the south. Take on the full challenge on foot or by bike over several days. From Tarbert, you can also sample the first section: a 9 mile trail over the hill to the village of Skipness, where you can catch the ferry to Arran.
Long distance cycle route
National Cycle Route 78 passes through Tarbert.
Facilities & access
There are public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in Tarbert.
There is no specific car park for the trails but plenty of parking in Tarbert village. Once parked, head for the path up to the castle about 100 yards beyond the Visitor Information Centre on Harbour Street. The trails start from the castle.
PA29 6UD is the nearest postcode, on Harbour Street.
There are regular local and national bus services that stop in Tarbert. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
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