TARBERT LOCH FYNE AND KINTYRE LOCAL AREA AND ISLAY
Tarbert is situated right in the heart of some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland and Knap Guest House is in an excellent location for visitors to make it their base to explore this historic area. There are ferries from the heart of the village to the Cowal Peninsula and delightful Tighnabruich. You can also travel from Kennacraig (we are a nearby bed and breakfast to Kennacraig) to the famous whisky producing islands of Islay and Jura. Caledonian MacBrayne also sail from nearby Skipness to the Island of Arran known as “Scotland in miniature” and the ferry from Tayinloan to enchanting Gigha makes for an excellent day out.
The local area offers plenty for everyone to do such as forestry walks or perhaps you might want to do all or part of the Kintyre Way which starts in Tarbert. The walk is over one hundred miles long and meanders from the east to west coasts of Kintyre on its way south. There are also several golf courses. The local course is an enjoyable nine holer. The area also offers many historic sites such as the magnificent castle at nearby Skipness or the many prehistoric standing stones in Kilmartin Glen, just a short journey to the north.
The Isle of Islay spans 240 square miles, with an impressive 130 miles of coastline. The island is famous for its malt whiskies, and there are eight distilleries on the island. To be sure, many people visit the Isle to tour distilleries and "appreciate" whisky, but the wildlife and scenery are also a big draw. Bird-watching is particularly popular through the year. Just don't try to squeeze it in after a distillery tour or two. Looking through binoculars has been known to make some people woozy, especially after whisky.