Tarbert Castle forms a notable landmark high above the port of that name in Argyll. Dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries (including work by Robert the Bruce) it has long been in a state of total neglect.
In 2006 the Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust set out to gain control the site to preserve it and to attract tourism to the town.
After 5 years of work it should finally open to the public in 2012.
The removal of vegetation and the consolidation of the stonework were facilitated by a grant of £747,964 from the Scottish Government through their rural development programme. Due to the castle’s position materials had to be airlifted to the site courtesy of PDG Helicopters. The Heritage Lottery Fund provided £16,000 of the £20,000 required to present and interpret the history of the castle to visitors with the remaining £4,000 being raised locally. Ground maintenance is aided by grazing sheep.
The work done by the TSCT is above praise.
Article by SCA member Brian McGarrigle