Tarbet can be found on Loch Lomond’s west shore (not to confuse with Tarbert Loch Fyne). The village is situated about half way up the loch and about 2 miles away from Loch Long. The name Tarbet is derived from the Gaelic Tairbeart meaning ‘draw boat’. Tarbet is traditionally known as a junction village, characterised by the main junction where the Tarbet Hotel is situated. The West Highland Railway passes the village and offers services to Glasgow, Oban or Fort William.
Carrying straight ahead when approaching from the South will take you to Arrochar in the west and then south through Argyll. Turning right will take you up Glen Falloch and on to the Highlands. Some remains of a medieval village can be found on the hills above Tarbet. This village was wiped out because of the plaque during medieval times.
As its name suggests Tarbet is well known for the pleasure cruises available from the pier. Cruise Loch Lomond offers you the opportunity to experience the serenity of the ‘bonnie banks’ from the comfort of one of five vessels. They also provide functions such as weddings and special occasions. In the centre is the significant hotel which can’t be missed when visiting the village. Nearby the railway station is a converted church that now functions as cafe and craft shop.
The picturesque village is only 2 miles away from Arrochar which is another village situated at the north end of Loch Long. Popular activities around Tarbet are sailing, cruising, hill walking, climbing and cycling. Not far away from Tarbet are the Arrochar Alps which have some of the most visited Munros’ in Scotland. Tarbet has a visitor centre, public toilets, shops, cafes and a large picnic area on the shore.
Tarbet cannot only be reached easily by public transport such as bus and train but also the A82 which is the main road along the shores of Loch Lomond pass at the village. Tarbet is an ideal base to explore the surrounding nature and other picturesque villages such as Arrochar and Luss which is known from the TV series ‘Take the High Road’.
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