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For your entertainment there is plenty to do, see, visit and enjoy in Ardrishaig, Lochgilphead, Tarbert and adjoining areas of Kintyre, Argyll. Depending on your particular preferences and the time that you can spare, you can have your pick from some of the activities that are available: you can visit castles, ancient culture centre, go for a walk in the parks, visit the standing stones or enjoy some of the sporting activities that are available here.

Sporting Activities in Tarbert, Kintyre, Argyll

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Boat Charters, Diving, Fishing

Fishing, (Contributed by Kate & Jon who live in Ipswich, Suffolk). In summer months good sport can be had from Tarbert East Pier. Feathering works well for mackerel, as does spinning with a Toby lure, or similar. Pollock can also be taken on the spinner. Proceed with caution and supervise children closely as there is no safety rail. Spinning or bait fishing may work from White Shore - follow the Millennium Walk as far as it goes. Fishing or fishing information can also be had in nearby areas:
Loch Ederline, Ford, By Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8RJ. Boat and bank fishing for pike, perch and roach. Contact: Telephone: 01546 810223, email.
Campbeltown Lochs, near Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland. Several lochs with good brown trout fishing. Fly only. Contact: Telephone: 01586 552132.
River Awe, Inverawe, Taynuilt, Argyll, Scotland. This famous river links Loch Awe with the sea, produces some 400 salmon a year. Weekly and daily permits are available. Contact: Telephone: 01866 822777, Fax: 01866 822274, email.
Taynuilt Fishing Club Boat Hire, Taynuilt, Argyll, Scotland. Loch Etive Boat Hire, whether you are looking for an unforgettable days fishing or sight seeing, they will cater for all your needs. Contact: Telephone: 01866 822023, email.
Fyne Tackle, 22 Argyll Street, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8NE. Lochgilphead's well known tackle shop, permits for local waters, excellent source of advice. Range of tackle by leading manufacturers and extensive selection of outdoor clothing. Contact: Telephone: 01546 606878, email.

Craignish Cruises, 20 Creag Bhan Village, Oban, Argyll, PA34 4BF. They operate 7 days a week from April 1 to October 31, weather permitting and offer: 1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hour, 4 hour trips and 4 hour whale watching trip (departure times will vary). Telephone: Evenings, 0845 397 9824, Daytime, 07747 023038, email.

Loch Fyne Dive Charters, Church Hill, Campbeltown Road, Tarbert, PA29 6SX. Telephone: 07812572681. Scuba diving, and fishing charters. Loch Fyne Dive Charters are Based in Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Argyll.

Loch Fyne Services, An Cala, Lochgair, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8Sd. They offer five different charters: Marine Wildlife Cruising Day, Corporate/Group Trips, Diving Charters, Half Day Charters and Fishing Charters. Contact: Barry and Vivienne, Telephone: 01546 886282 (office) or 07810 600767 (boat).

Seafari Oban, Ellenabeich, Ardfern, by Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8QN. They specialise in a unique combination of high adventure and pure exhilaration with the thrill of close encounters with Scotland's magnificent sea life and beautiful scenery. Telephone: 01852 300003.

Golf

Lochgilphead Golf Club: There is beautiful 9 hole Golf Course, Blarbuie Road, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8LE. Open all Year, daily admission tickets costing £15.00 available. Telephone: 01546 602340.

Machrihanish Golf Club: If you like only the best, then this one is for you! Machrihanish Golf Club, Machrihanish, Campbeltown, Argyll, PA28 6PT. For further details Telephone: Secretary: Mrs A Anderson 01586 810213, Fax: 01586 810221.

Tarbert Golf Club: There is a fine 9 hole Golf Course in Tarbert about a kilometre away. Take the A83 towards Campbeltown for about 500 metres, and then take the B8024 to Kilberry. Telephone: 01880 820565.

Horse Riding

Brenfield Farm, Ardrishaig, Argyll, PA30 8ER. In Ardrishaig there is a fine BHS TRSS approved horse riding centre. All kinds of horse riding activities are available for all ages and abilities. Telephone: 01546 603274 for further information.

Highland Horse Riding, Campbeltown Road, Tarbert, Argyll, PA29 6SX. Highland Horse Riding is an approved Pony Club Centre, local authority licensed, approved by the Trekking & Riding Society of Scotland TRSS), and the British Horse Society (BHS).

This unique small riding centre is located on a working livestock farm specialising in sightseeing, wildlife watching, and riding Scotland`s versatile Highland Ponies. Telephone: 01880 820333, Fax: 01880 820583, email for further information.

Shooting:

Bruachan Field Sports, Alderburn, Ford, Argyll, PA31 8RH. If you are interested in shooting, facilities are available at Bruachan. Telephone: 01546 810265, e-mail.

Clay Pigeon shooting facilities are available at Brenfield Farm, Ardrishaig, Argyll, PA30 8ER. Telephone: 01546 603274.

Killean House, Killean Estate, Tayinloan, Tarbert, PA29 6XF. Shooting Facilities Clay pigeon shooting, grouse/rough shooting and deer stalking available. Killean Estate is 18 miles south of Tarbert towards Campbeltown. Accommodation available. Telephone: 01257 266511, or 07736 146184, email.

Ormsary Sporting, PO Box 7, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8JH. Red deer stalking is available in September and October with the topography making it possible for two rifles to stalk in any wind. High seats are located throughout the Estate. Rough shooting is also available, linked to hind stalking lets if required, with a range of challenging shooting – pheasant, woodcock, snipe, duck, pigeon and rabbit. Telephone: 01880 770700, Fax: 01880 770728, email.

Walks and Wildlife

Corranbuie Walk: This circular route is an extension to the Tarbert Castle walk. It is approximately 5 Kilometres long and takes about 2 hours to trail. It takes you high above Tarbert and into the woodland. The path rises steeply to reach the forest road from where there are magnificent views towards Lochgilphead.

Kintyre Wild Life Safaris, Fasgadh Torinturk, Kilberry Road, Tarbert, Argyll, PA29 6YE. Spotted Burnet MothFor details contact Mr. David Bellshaw or Mrs. Heather Bellshaw, Telephone: 01880 820503, Mobile: 07748156640, email. Their aim is to give you a wonderful experience and most of their out-trips are based in the Tarbert area. David will facilitate the sightings of many local species of wildlife, flora and fauna. A trip may allow the sightings of deer (possibly three different species), seals, otters, squirrels, foxes, badgers occasionally, eagles, buzzards, and much more. An ideal trip for groups, schools, or individuals. Deer stalking also available. The image is of a spotted burnet moth.

Tarbert Castle Walk: This is approximately 3 Kilometre long walk. It starts at the Tarbert Castle, gently rises to give panoramic views of the village and the harbour. A path leads to a viewpoint where there are great views looking east over Loch Fyne towards Cowal. From the viewpoint the path loops back to the castle.

Tarbert to Skipness Walk: This walk starts from the road at the top of the Corranbuie walk. It is approximately 16 Kilometres long and takes some 5 hours to walk it. There are spectacular views all the way, north to Loch Gilp, East across Loch Fyne to Cowal and South to the hills of Arran. The path reaches the forest road that takes you to the village of Skipness. From Skipness you can continue along the coastal road to Claonaig where you can catch a bus to bring you back to Tarbert. Buses from Skipness to Tarbert are infrequent so check at the Tarbert Tourist Office for times.

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