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Tarbert

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Tarbert forest notice

  • Felling works are taking place to remove non-native tree species We apologies is this effects your plans. Work site notices are in place to at various locations which will affect the length and time for your walk. Please adhere to both the safety signage in place and the operators on site who may ask you stop or divert whilst work is being conducted. Many thanks for your cooperation.   
  • The smaller and more popular Tarbert Castle Walk is unaffected.

About

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.

Walking trails

Tarbert route card (PDF)

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 trail grade icon
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 a narrow kissing gate.

Strenuous trail grade icon
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 and access

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Viewpoint
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Picnic area
Picnic area

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

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

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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Get in touch

Have a question or suggestion for improvement?

Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 2)
More contact information

Nearby forests

View down grassy track surrounded by scrub to green fields, open water and distant hills beyond on a bright, clear day.

Panoramic views over the Firth of Clyde

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Distance from 'Tarbert': 9.51 miles
Drooping conifer branch

Wander to a ruined village on the banks of Loch Fyne

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Walking
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Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Tarbert': 11.31 miles
Green and yellow beech leaves

Hillside views over Dunoon and across the Firth of Clyde

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Parking
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Distance from 'Tarbert': 12.61 miles