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Tarbert, Lower Loch Fyne

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


55:52' N 005:24' W


Admiralty 2381

Rules & Regulations



Straight forwards Enough, but keep well clear of Madadh Maol and don't turn towards the pontoons too soon..see chart

Tidal Data Times & Range

+0120 Dover MHWS 3.4 MHWN 2.9 MLWN 1.1 MLWS 0.3   (links)

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General Description

Harbour Master. VHF #14; tel 01880 820334,  www.tarbertharbour.co.uk

Tarbert Harbour nestles in the well sheltered East Loch Tarbert, a small sek
a loch branching off from the much larger Loch Fyne. The setting is picturesque in the extreme, with the village circling the naturally formed harbour.

The harbour is home to a small but active fishing fleet, but visiting yachtsman and motorboaters are made welcome by the harbour authorities. In late 2008 the pontoon system within the harbour was greatly extended, and continues to be extended to the extent that the marina is now the dominant development in the harbour ... read more


East Loch Tarbert is approached by heading northwards up Lower Loch Fyne. Loch Fyne is situated to the north of the Isle of Arran and is reached by passing through Inchmarnock Water.

East Loch Tarbert lies on the west side of Lower Loch Fyne, opposite Portavadie on the east side (with its new Marina covered separately). A ferry service links across Loch Fyne at this point.

The initial entrance to East Loch Tarbert is wide and clear. In the closer approaches Madadh Maol, a drying reef extending northwards from the south shore of the loch needs to be left well off on your port side. Its extremity is marked by a red light column (Fl.R.2.5s). Do not pass close to the light structure, there is plenty of deep water to the north of it. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

There are no anchoring possibilities within the harbour itself, the north arm of the harbour, Duhb-chaol Linne, is taken up with permanent moorings, and fringed by drying rocks at its head.

Outside the harbour,  anchorage can be had on the South side opposite the hotel situated to the west of the pier. There is only a narrow band of useful water to anchor in with the drying banks off the foreshore, and depths plunging rapidly to 16m.

Another anchoring possibility is further to the east of the pier, where a more gently shoaling area will be found directly in front of a house with a cupola. Tripline advised here. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Regular Rallies
Written by SeaFury | 15th Aug 2017
If you are the kind of sailor that likes a quiet harbour it would be wise to ask if they have any rallies planned. I experienced loud base music from a private party in the semi permanent nearby marquee (1400 - 2300)
I understand from the HM that this is a regular occurrence at weekends.
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Written by Don Thomson | 19th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017. The price stays at £2.50 pmpn but the really good news is that they hope to start the new toilets later this summer. Be aware that on the weekend of June 3rd and 4th there will be nearly 100 yachts visiting Tarbert so they are fully booked that weekend.
Update 2015 Further
Written by dononshytalk | 22nd Apr 2015
I'm afraid that they are still trying to get funding for the new amenities building, so we're stuck with what has been there for a while now.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2015. We have updated prices. Please note that the Green Conical buoy to the SW of Cock Rock has been moved slightly eastwards. We understand that there are plans in place for a new amenities block here but have been unable to ascertain when they hope to have them completed.
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Harbour Toilets
Written by Super ted | 28th Apr 2014
I love visiting Tarbert harbour BUT you would think that with the size of the harbour and the amount of visiting boats they would spend the money to upgrade the *well used* old toilet block. Foe me it is the the only downfall to the place. Please bring this harbour into the 21st century!
Tarbert Harbour
Written by Boatguy136 | 11th Sep 2013
I've been visiting Tarbert on boats for many years, and have recently berthed our boat here on a more or less permanent basis. Friendly people, good pubs & food. Harbour rot sets in quite quickly!
Northern Lights.
Tarbert saved my sanity
Written by johnnyseagull | 31st Mar 2013
The day had been almost windless but damp. Four hours of 'soft rain' as I headed for Portavadie had sapped my enthusiasm and sopped my clothes and feet. A last minute course change to Tarbert in time to buy a fan heater in the town was one of my better ideas. Dried off and with a large fish supper in me this delightful town has won me over. I stopped here again on the way back.
Johnny Seagull
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 7th Mar 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 7th of March 2013. Prices have been updated for the 2013 season and a link to their website included. The facilities here have been much improved since the beginning of this century - whether you consider this to be good or bad depends on your point of view!
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