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Tarbert

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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.

Guide map to the Forests of North Argyll (PDF 3.7MB)

Walking trails

Walking

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.

Moderate
1 miles / 1.6 km

Allow
¾ hours

Walking

Corranbuie Trail

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.

Strenuous
2 ½ miles / 4.2 km

Allow
2 hours

More information

Look out for roe and sika deer amongst the trees as you climb, and watch the skies for glimpses of golden eagles.

Activities

Kintyre Way

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

Toilets
Toilets
Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

There are public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in Tarbert.

Getting here

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.

Using SatNav?

PA29 6UD is the nearest postcode, on Harbour Street.

Public transport

There are regular local and national bus services that stop in Tarbert. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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0131 370 5200
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