Tar­bert – a whole world of fes­ti­vals!

The Oban Times - - Scotfest17 -

THE CHARM­ING fish­ing vil­lage of Tar­bert, pho­tographed above by the world re­knowned, late, great Den­nis Hard­ley, plays host to sev­eral fes­ti­vals this sea­son that cel­e­brate its rich her­itage in mu­sic, sport, food and lit­er­a­ture. The ex­cite­ment kicks off in May 26- 29 with the Sil­vers Marine Scot­tish Se­ries.

The Clyde Cruis­ing Club or­gan­ises this long-run­ning event, in which keen sailors en­joy pas­sage rac­ing and Olympic tri­an­gles in Loch Fyne.

This year’s pro­gramme in­cludes the open­ing ‘Clyde Chal­lenger Race’ from Largs for white sail, fam­ily class and cruis­ers.

The laid-back at­mos­phere and good craic of this event have sailors and non-sailors alike com­ing back year af­ter year. All vis­i­tors, whether into sail­ing or not, will love the spec­ta­cle and ev­ery­one is wel­come. The up­graded fa­cil­i­ties at Tar­bert Har­bour in­clud­ing the well-stocked chan­dlery shop pro­vide a warm wel­come for com­peti­tors.

The Seafood Fes­ti­val, which is held in July 1-2, gives vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple Tar­bert’s culi­nary de­lights. The har­bour bus­tles with food stalls, cook­ery demon­stra­tions and tast­ings.

A high­light of the week­end is the crown­ing of the Seafood Fes­ti­val Queen and her princesses, who ar­rive in a flour­ish by sea and pa­rade through the vil­lage led by the Mid Ar­gyll Pipe Band.

Live mu­sic and kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties at this won­der­ful fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val.

The Tar­bert Tra­di­tional Boat Fes­ti­val, 14-16 July draws beau­ti­ful ves­sels of all kinds from across Scot­land and Ire­land the week­end, pro­vid­ing a spec­ta­cle in the har­bour for on-look­ers. Vis­i­tors en­joy boat tours, stalls, live mu­sic, demon­stra­tions and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

Tar­bert Fair has been held since 1705 and is one of the old­est fairs in the High­lands. It starts ev­ery year on the last Thurs­day of July (26th-29th) and con­tin­ues the fes­tiv­i­ties over the week­end. Orig­i­nally a cat­tle fair, it's now about live mu­sic, amuse­ments and fair­ground rides.

One of the long­est- run­ning mu­sic fes­ti­vals in Ar­gyll, the Tar­bert Mu­sic Fes­ti­val has been cel­e­brat­ing song and food for 28 years.

Held the week­end of Septem­ber 15-17, it fea­tures kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties and a full pro­gramme of con­certs by lo­cal tal­ent, turn­ing out ev­ery­thing from rock to reg­gae to tra­di­tional mu­sic. Im­promptu ses­sions are en­cour­aged and at­tract mu­si­cians from far and wide. Vis­i­tors will en­joy the fan­tas­tic lo­cal seafood and the re­laxed vibe.

This lovely book fes­ti­val in the pretty fish­ing vil­lage of Tar­bert is a cracker. Hear book read­ings by a se­lec­tion of au­thors and meet the peo­ple be­hind the char­ac­ters. There's lots to en­joy for adults and chil­dren across var­i­ous venues from the 27th-29th Oc­to­ber

Camp­ing is avail­able in the shadow of Robert the Bruce’s cas­tle and scenic walks along the ad­ja­cent Kin­tyre Trail make Tar­bert an ideal des­ti­na­tion week­end for the whole fam­ily, so pack a tent and come along! www.tar­bert­fes­ti­vals.co.uk

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