Tarbet, Dunbartonshire

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Gaelic: An Tairbeart
Tarbet Hotel.jpg
The Tarbet Hotel
Grid reference: NN315045
Location: 56°12’11"N, 4°43’1"W
Post town: Arrochar
Postcode: G83
Dialling code: 01301
Local Government
Council: Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute

Tarbet is a small village in northern Dunbartonshire, on the banks of Loch Lomond. Its name comes from the Scottish Gaelic word for isthmus.

It stands on the isthmus where Loch Long and Loch Lomond come close. The village of Arrochar stands at the head of Loch Long, at the other side of the isthmus. Arrochar and Tarbet railway station, on the West Highland Line, stands between the two villages. The village has a primary school (Arrochar Primary School), many hotels and bed and breakfasts, and a Tourist Information Centre. There is a pier into Loch Lomond.

The village is formed around the junction of the A82 and A83 trunk roads. The A82 runs from Glasgow to Inverness along the shore of Loch Lomond and the A83 branches off from it in Tarbet and runs to Campbeltown.

The area around Arrochar and Tarbet has become the scene of "squirrel wars". The red squirrel is resisting the offensive by the grey squirrel taking place across Great Britain, since there is a type of woodland they find more favourable than most.[1][2]


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