County (pre 1975): Dunbartonshire; Region/District (1975-1996): Strathclyde/Dumbarton; Unitary Authority: Argyll & Bute
Tarbet - Lying at a major road junction on the side of Loch Lomond, Tarbet leads north to Crianlarich and west toward Arrochar and Loch Long and the west of Argyll. There are wonderful views of the loch from the picnic area opposite the imposing baronial style Tarbet Hotel, or take a boat trip from the pier. Tarbet has a Tourist Information Centre, a tea room, and a converted church which is a café and craft shop. Tarbet shares its railway station on the spectacular West Highland Line with Arrochar, and the rail journey is a fantastic experience. The line goes to either Oban, or further north to Fort William and then west to Mallaig. This portion of the journey can be done in the Jacobite steam train, otherwise known as the Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter films and the journey takes you over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Directions: Tarbet is on the A82 trunk road, 40 minutes from Glasgow, and 1.5hours from Fort William. There are regular public train and bus services to the village. Tarbet pier water bus service is the ideal spot from which to explore the dramatic northern end of Loch Lomond. Tarbet Pier is directly in front of the Tarbet Hotel, at junction of A82 and A83. The Water Bus service will take you across the Loch to the east shore at Rowardennan and Ben Lomond.
Historical facts about Tarbet
Viking raiders dragged their boots across from Arrochar to Tarbet to plunder the settlements on Loch Lomond. The Clan Macfarlane met here before going on their cattle raids in the moonlight - around here, the moon was known as Macfarlane's lantern.
Accommodation in Tarbet
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