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Prime Location Tarbert Area Guide

Located in Argyll, Tarbert is a picture perfect fishing village located on a land-locked bay. Built around East Loch Tarbert, the village extends over the isthmus, which links the peninsula of Kintyre to Knapdale and West Loch Tarbert. With its rugged coastline and natural harbour, residents get to enjoy an awe-inspiring landscape at all times – one that can be appreciated just about anywhere in the village!

Despite its remote location and small village feel, there’s plenty to do and see in Tarbert. The fishing marina features many quaint arts and craft shops, and restaurants and cafes. Many of the restaurants specialise in delicious seafood, caught and prepared in the village. The village also hosts its own seafood festival each year, as well as the Scottish Series – a yacht race, and a music festival in September. The Scottish Series is the UK’s second biggest yachting event and draws crowds and competitors from all around the world.

Demographics

Data from the 2011 census revealed that 1,179 people call Tarbert home. Of the population, 64.1% were of working age - aged between 16-64 - and nearly a quarter of the population was of retirement age. Despite the small village feel, it’s clear that the village still attracts young families, but the number of older couples here with no children is higher than average.

Property in Tarbert varies greatly, with nearly a quarter of households living in detached properties and just under half of households living in flats, maisonettes or apartments.

At the time of the census, residents here held a mix of professional and non-professional jobs, and part-time and self-employment was important for a large number of residents too. In fact, just 3.8% of the population was unemployed, and a large percentage still working despite having reached retirement age.

Education

For most families with young children, local schools determine where they might choose to live. Tarbert has become a very popular location for families with young children because of this – with a school that has been rated one of the best in Scotland. In fact, Tarbert Academy has been listed as one of the top 10 state schools in Scotland for achievements at Higher.

Tarbert Academy, which sits at the heart of the village, provides primary and secondary education. Children as young as three can join the school’s nursery class and the school caters for students up to the age of 18. In its latest inspection, carried out by Education Scotland, assessors highlighted a number of areas of the school’s performance as ‘very good’ and the nursery class as ‘good’.

Transport

While Tarbert is quite a way from central Scotland, good provisions have been made to ensure that the village is easy to reach by car and via public transportation. There are no trains running to or near the village, but coaches and buses run regularly, with the former offering services to and from Glasgow and Campbeltown. Alternatively, you can hop on one of the four ferry ports in the village. The ferries offer services to Cowal, Islay and Jura, Arran and Gighaand have a regular timetable.

Those travelling by car will be able to take advantage of the stunning harbour views and mountainous range, which can be enjoyed all the way along the A83 –the road that takes motorists to the village.

Amenities and shopping

Tarbert is home to a number of shops and amenities, including a Co-op for all your grocery needs, a pharmacy, and a number of great gift shops. The Larder, Tarbert’s independent fruit and veg deli, is also another popular spot offering a whole host of local produce. The restaurants here are impressive too, serving up some of the best seafood you’ll find in the county.

If you’re looking for more in terms of shops and amenities, why not head to Dunoon? Situated 32 miles away, you’ll find a lot more of your high street favourites, as well as great independent and specialist stores too.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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