Tarbert Village               Medieval carved slab in Tarbert graveyard                                                                                               

It is likely that the original settlement would be close to and to the West of the Castle on this high ground above the sheltered anchorage.

The village as we know it now developed from the 19th Century when the engineer Telford improved the harbour and fishing became the major industry still sustained today.
 
The setting of a village clustered around a busy natural harbour creates a picturesque location now given Conservation Area status to protect the vernacular architecture and unique appearance of the horseshoe shape of Telfords harbour wall.
 
 Image by Phil Fox -Denham
 
Loch Fyne has a long history of fishing and Tarbert Harbour has been and continues to be an important base for the industry. The modern fish quay and active fishing fleet enlivens the village atmosphere in addition to providing essential employment.
 
Many fishing boats were built in Tarbert sadly no longer a viable industry but two  historic craft one over a hundred years old and another a replica of a Loch Fyne Skiff built by local children can be seen moored opposite the Victoria Hotel. At the end of the 19th century theharbour would be home to large numbers of similar boats.
 
Today the Harbour also serves the leisure industry with boat moorings and pontoons.
 
Further reading
Tarbert Past and Present - Dugald Mitchell MD
Tarbert in Picture and Story – Dugald Mitchell MD
Tarbert Loch Fyne – A history of its Harbour – Ian Y MacIntyre
The Ring - Net Fishermen – Angus Martin
Tarbert Fishing Boats 1925 -75 – Brian Ward
The North Herring Fishing – Angus Martin
The Buildings of Scotland -Argyll and Bute - Frank Arneil Walker
When in Tarbert the Harbour Authority have provided visitor information boards around the harbour which provide historical detail about the village, the harbour, fishing and steamships using the East pier in addition to village walks and wildlife.
 
For More information click below
 
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