After three days of Looting, Destruction,
and Mass Killings, the Vikings exited Loch
Lomond by sailing south down the River Leven to
The Vikings then sailed west to rejoin the
main Viking Fleet in Rothesay Bay at the Isle
While leaving Rothesay, a strong
southwesterly 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 Scotland.
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 Scotland.
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 completed so the
Steamers could stop at the Village.
1894 - the Railway opened at Tarbet, linking
the Village to Glasgow in the south, 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, later used as a