"Tarbert Castle" West Tarbert Things to Do Tip by scottishvisitor

West Tarbert Things to Do: 6 reviews and 24 photos

  The Castle
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  • The Castle - West Tarbert
      The Castle
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  • Why I didn't go up - West Tarbert
      Why I didn't go up
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Tarbet Castle dates back to the thirteenth century, not much is left here but some history and a stange looking ruin. The Castle stood guard over the Anchorage below in the bay and controlled the land linking both Lochs. It became a Royal Castle when King Robert the Bruce had it fortified and extended. At the end of the fifteenth century more additions were added by King James lV work continued into the 16th. century. The Castle today is undergoing clearance of invasive ivy and better access for the public. The work began in 2006 and will be a long term process, all work is done here by the volunteer group 'Tarbert Conservation Initiative' Hopefully in the future Historic Scotland will take on the task of revealing some far off history, they are already involved but only with advise on future plans. My photo shows the Castle sitting on top of one of the houses in the town but I did find a connection to this - the ruin is on the small side because the people of the past built most of the town from the stones from this old ruin. If you look at the second picture you will probably realise why I didn't visit this ruin up close and personal.

Address: Tarbert
Directions: Walk along Harbour Street till you come to the Dental Surgery then turn right towards the stairs
Website: http://www.tarbertlochfyne.com

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  • Updated Apr 28, 2009
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