Tarbat is a parish formed by the Tarbat peninsula on the east cost of Easter Ross. The name 'Tarbat' is from the Gaelic tairbeart meaning "isthmus".
The peninsula faces the open waters of the Moray Firth, a part of the North Sea, and is bounded on the north by the Dornoch Firth and on the south by the Cromarty Firth and Nigg Bay. To the south, separated by the Cromarty Firth, is the Black Isle, and like the Black Isle, the Tarbat Peninsula lies in both Ross-shire and Cromartyshire (detached parts Nos. 5, 6 and 7).
Three contiguous villages sitting in the middle of the open North Sea coast of the Tarbat Peninsula, namely Hilton of Cadboll, Balintore and Shandwick are collectively known as 'the Seaboard Villages'. All are in Ross-shire
Location map: 57°49’57"N, 3°49’0"W
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- Seaboard History - online archive of the social history of the Seaboard Villages; Hilton, Balintore, and Shandwick