KINTYRE - SCOTLAND’S ONLY “MAINLAND ISLAND”
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Tarbert Village, Kintyre

The picturesque fishing village of Tarbert is Scotlands oldest Royal Burgh and greatest natural harbour sitting at the northern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula. A car ferry runs between Tarbert and Portavadie on the Cowal Mainland.

Its long history, pre-dating the Viking age, boasts the ivy clad ruins of Tarbert Castle dating back to the 12th Century.

Tarbert Ferry Copyright© Alison Clements Tarbert Castle Copyright© Alison Clements Tarbert Church Stained Glass Window Copyright© Alison Clements

Once an important stronghold of Clan Donald, the Castle was greatly extended by Robert the Bruce in the 14th Century to include a hall built on piers, dwelling house, new kitchen, wine house, bake house, goldsmiths’ house, malt house, brew house, moat and a lime kiln. Quite an extension!