Tarbert, Kintyre and the Local Area

The Anchor Hotel is nestled most conveniently in the heart of the village, overlooking East Loch Tarbert which provides a natural harbour for the small but busy fishing fleet and a sheltered safe haven for the many visiting and local yachts. Tarbert is a friendly and relaxing location from which to enjoy the many events and activities available locally and to explore the wonderful scenery and marvellous wildlife including dolphins, birds of prey, deer and basking sharks.

Tarbert Scottish Series, Scotland's largest keelboat event is held in Tarbert at the end of May each year. Organised by Clyde Cruising Club, the harbour fills with all manner of yachts and the streets, restaurants and pubs fill with sailors and visitors. As well as 4 days of racing, there are many shoreside events organised to ensure a great weekend for participants and visitors alike.

The Seafood Festival is held on the first weekend in July. The harbour side road fills with craft and food stalls with most of the local restaurants offering delicious seafood street food. There is plenty of live music held at various venues in the village.

Tarbert Music Festival is held in the middle of September at various venues throughout the village and offers a great variety of modern and traditional music from a selection of artists and bands. Entry to most venues is free and most of the bands alternate location so you can hear a variety at each spot or follow your favourite to the next one.

For the golfer, Tarbert offers a very enjoyable but challenging 9 hole course while Machrihanish and Machrihanish Dunes are short drive to the South. We are happy to arrange rounds for you. Fishing trips and sightseeing trips on Loch Fynes are also available close by.

For the more energetic, Tarbert lies at the start of the Kintyre Way, 87 miles traversing the peninsula through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Tarbert also lies on the Five Ferries cycling route and at The Anchor Hotel, we can ensure your bicycles are stored safely and securely overnight.

There are many sites of historic interest in the area including Tarbert Castle, built by Robert the Bruce and the beautiful, well preserved Skipness Castle a few miles to the South. Kilmartin Glen, a little to the North, boasts stunning standing stones and ancient cup and ring marks, dating from prehistoric times.

With more than fifteen whisky distilleries within Kintyre and its neighbouring islands, the malt whisky connoisseur can sample a variety of the many different flavours and textures which are so famed the world over.

The local islands of Islay, Jura, Arran and Gigha, as well as the Cowal Peninsula, are easily accessed by nearby ferries and each makes for an entertaining day out.