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Loch Long at Arrochar is a sea loch only
one and a half miles west of Tarbet. This has
led to many boats being transferred to Loch
Lomond from Arrochar.
793, the first Viking raids are recorded
in Scotland with Vikings starting to take
control of many western and northern
1200s, the McFarlane clan are in control
of much of the land around Tarbet and
In 1263, Viking raiders dragged their
longships between Loch Long and Tarbet at
Loch Lomond so they could plunder settlements
around Loch Lomond.
It is thought a battle took place between
the Vikings and the MacFarlanes at that
There is a burial ground between Arrochar
and Tarbet that may be the grave of a Viking
After three days of looting, destruction,
and mass killings, the Vikings exited Loch
Lomond by sailing south down the River Leven
to the Clyde.
The Vikings then sailed west to rejoin the
main Viking fleet in Rothesay Bay at the Isle
While leaving Rothesay, a strong south
westerly wind drove the Viking fleet ashore
at Largs on the Scottish mainland.
The Vikings were attacked at Largs by
Alexander III of Scotland and his troops.
The Battle of Largs was not decisive, with
many Vikings escaping back to sea. This was
however their last major raid in Scotland,
they began withdrawing from the western
islands from that time on.
1468, the Orkney and Shetland islands off
the north coast of Scotland were acquired by
King James III of Scotland after he married
Margaret, the king of Denmark’s daughter,
this ending Viking rule in any area of
1707, the Act of the Union sees Scotland
and England merge as Great Britain.
1745, the Battle of Culloden by Inverness
in north Scotland is the last battle on the
British mainland. Kings of Britain then build
Military Roads to connect castles and forts
around Scotland so law and order could be
Britain soon becomes a safer place,
leading to the firsts tourists visiting
1749, the Military Road between Tarbet and
Inverary is completed.
1750s, the Tarbet Inn is built in the
Scottish Baronial style.
1785, last of the McFarlane lands are sold
ending 500 years of owning land in the Tarbet
1787, Robert Burns stayed at the Tarbet
Inn and wrote a poem to the landlord's
1818, pleasure steamers began operating on
Loch Lomond with Tarbet becoming a popular
1846, Tarbet pier is opened so the
steamers could stop at the village.
1894, the railway opened at Tarbet linking
the village to Glasgow in the south, and and
Fort William in the north.
1978, Cruise Loch Lomond are based at
Tarbet to offer a wide range of boat trips on
2000s, Tarbet Church is converted to the
Ben Lomond Cafe and Craft Shop.