Tarbert is the main port and main settlement of Harris, with a population of about 550. Tarbert is a common name across Scotland and, here as elsewhere, it comes from the Norse tairbeart meaning draw-boat. Tarbert lies on the shores of Loch Tarbert, and South VillageHarris avoids becoming an island by just a few hundred yards of land.

The village has a ferry terminal, local tourist information and some small shops, including a Harris Tweed shop overlooking the main access road to the CalMac ferry terminal and a general grocery store.

West Tarbert Cottage is located within walking distance of the village centre along the route where the Vikings used to drag their longboats into West Loch to avoid sailing around via the Sound of Harris. Glen Carragrich is located only three miles out of Tarbert off the Tarbert-Scalpay road.

Places to Eat in Tarbert.

First Fruits Tearoom, Tarbert. Teas, coffees, lunches. Dinner in high season.
The Harris Hotel – a traditional hotel offering coffees and meals.
The Isle of Harris Inn – pub grub.
Hotel Hebrides – boutique hotel with bistro-style dining.
AD’S Takeaway – traditional fish and chip shop.

Further Information

Undiscovered Scotland
Virtual Hebrides
Visit Outer Hebrides