The village and castle at Tarbert Loch Fyne
There are a number of settlements in Scotland with the name “Tarbert” which indicates an isthmus or narrow neck of land between two bodies of water. IE Tarbert on the isthmus between Loch Lomond and Loch Long or in our case between East and West Lochs Tarbert. East Loch Tarbert is the small offshoot of Loch Fyne which forms Tarbert’s sheltered harbour used since earliest times to exploit the link between the Clyde estuary and the West coast and Western Isles. At this location under a mile of land prevents the whole of Kintyre from being an island. On more that one occasion history records that boats have been sailed into Tarbert and hauled across the isthmus to be re-launched on the West coast giving easy access to the islands without the hazardous passage around the Mull of Kintyre.
Tarbert Castle is a visible reminder of the strategic nature of this important link between sea areas.