Tarbet is a small Village on the west side
of Loch Lomond in Scotland, 42 miles northwest
of Glasgow, 8 miles north of Luss.
The Village is popular for Boat Trips on
Loch Lomond, or across the Loch to the
Trossachs area, and Walk / Cycle Lane
Click on Map for area
Camping & Touring Parks in
The image top is of the Tarbet Hotel
with the road right leading to Fort
William 97 miles, road left leading to
Arrochar 2 miles, Rest
and be Thankful 8 miles, and Inveraray 23
miles. Both roads lead to Oban about 57 miles.
The company named Cruise Loch Lomond offers
a number of Cruises including Cruise only, Drop
off and Pick Up for Walking and Cycling, Drop
of and Pick Up for visiting Hotels on the
remote east side of the Loch, and Drop Off and
Pick Up for Hiking the 3,200ft Ben Lomond MMountain on the east side
of Loch Lomond. Website cruiselochlomond.co.uk
The Tea Room, Church Restaurant, and Railway
Station are round to the left of the Tarbet
Tarbet Area Attractions, Links &
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
793 - the first Viking raids are recorded in
Scotland with Vikings starting to take control
of many Western and Northern Islands.
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
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 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