Tarbert (Scottish Gaelic: An Tairbeart )is the leading community on Harris in the Western Isles of Scotland. The name means “isthmus,” “crossing point,” or “portage” in Gaelic. The isthmus, between the sea lochs West Loch Tarbert and East Loch Tarbert, joins south Harris to north Harris and Lewis. In 1981 it had a population of 503.
Tarbert’s Church of Scotland parish church was built in 1862 and is within the parish of Harris. Tarbert also has a Free Presbyterian church. The Very Rev Mackintosh MacKay was minister of the latter in the 1860s.
The Harris Distillery, a Scotch whisky and Gin distillery, is in Tarbert.
Tarbert is home to a selection of shops, including Harris Tweed and Knitwear, where you can browse a variety of Harris Tweed clothing and accessories.
The Harris Hotel is a well-established hostelry in Tarbert. Originally known as the Tarbert Hotel after being built in 1865 by the 7th Earl of Dunmore as a ‘sporting retreat’ for anglers, the hotel has been in the hands of the same family since the early 1900s. On his way to the estate of Amhuinnsuidhe in 1912, J.M. Barrie spent time at the hotel and engraved his signature in a dining room window. The Harris Hotel serves various dishes made from fresh, local ingredients.
Tarbert has a car ferry terminal that operates to Uig on Skye. The short A868 joins the terminal to the north–south A859 road.
Tarbert is the ferry port for Harris on the Outer Hebrides. The ferry port of Tarbert is the hub of Harris, a picturesque island of mountains and beaches. The mountains form a grand backdrop to the town, situated in a valley that slopes to the port. Tarbert lies between the two ‘islands’ of North and South Harris.
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