Island Day Trips

16 miles south of Tarbert is the village of Tayinloan where a 30 minute ferry journey will take you to the beautiful island of Gigha. It is community owned, i.e, owned by the people for the people. Because of this there is a great sense of achievement and positivity.

Although the island is not very big being about seven miles long and only a mile and a half wide, the scenery and beaches are idyllic, the welcome warm and there are many things to do and see. Gigha has a golf course of 9 holes situated at Tarbert Farm. Although a small course it is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The island is the most southerly of the inner Hebrides and is quite a bit warmer than most. Because of this plants thrive and the vegetation on the island is superb. The gardens at Achamore are also well worth a visit.

Only 6 miles South of Tarbert is Kennacraig ferry terminal where a 3 hour trip will take you to Islay - world famous for its malt whisky (boasting 8 distilleries in total). The history of the buildings and equipment alone makes a distillery a must see on any visit. The islands main communities are at Bowmore, the most central of them, Port Ellen in the south, and Port Charlotte and Portnahaven in the west. Islay also has its fair share of ancient monuments, interesting ruins and other historic and architectural features which are worth seeing. South of Port Ellen lies the massive of the Oa Peninsula. The peninsula is awesome with huge cliffs and the occasional sandy inlet. It also has many pre clearances ruins and also some stone-age stones worth seeing. There is also a very large memorial to over 400 American servicemen who perished in the sea when the SS Tuscania was sunk by a U boat in 1918. Islay is also famed for its birdlife with many rare species such as chough and greylag geese.

On the East side of Kintyre lies the Island of Arran. From October to March, the ferry to Arran departs directly from Tarbert and in the summer months, it leaves from Claonaig – some 10 miles away. The island is 19 miles long by 10 miles wide and has a remarkable diversity of land- and seascapes. Arran is renowned for its wildlife and many species are a common sight, including basking sharks off the shores to roe deer on the hills. The island sits beneath the magnificent Goat Fell – at 874 metres the highest of the 4 Corbetts on the Island. As well as 7 Golf Courses, Arran is a truly fantastic place for walking and cycling. The pretty Coastal villages are complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south.

Portavadie and Cowal
You don’t need to be a Sailor to appreciate the new Portavadie Marina and surrounding countryside. Travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Tarbert and within 30 minutes, you can enjoy a leisurely meal, snack or just a coffee at the Marina where, in nice weather, there is an almost Mediterranean atmosphere on the patio decking. There is also a recently opened spa facility at the marina. For the more energetic, there are some lovely forest walks adjacent to the Ferry terminal.

Alternatively, take your car across and explore the Cowal peninsula and the towns and villages within it. Kames is a quaint village with a nice hotel and a golf course. Dunoon is Cowal’s busiest town with a good selection of shops. Millhouse is famed for the Millcroft Lavender with various products available from the little craft shop in the village. Tighnabruaich is a good lunch stops and one of the places where the paddle steamer, Waverley, calls in

Barfad Farmlands Self Catering Holiday Cottages, Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Argyll

Barfad Cottages, Self Catering, Tarbert Loch Fyne

Our self catering cottages are in peaceful surroundings on the Kintyre Peninsula at Tarbert Loch Fyne.

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The harbour, Tarbert Loch Fyne, Argyll, Scotland

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