Great Dog Walks: Tarbet Isle

17 March 2017

Tarbet Isle

An easy circuit, through pinewoods and oakland with lovely views over Loch Lomond.

Circular Walk Distance: 2km / 1.25miles

Walk Time: 45 minutes

Height Gain: 55m

Drive towards Tarbet and turn left up the A82 for approximately half a mile. The car park is signed from both directions of the A82 on the inland side of the road up a steep drive. From the parking area take the path marked with a yellow marker post heading uphill towards some Scots Pines. The path climbs steadily before easing off and looping to the right and then descending for a short section.

As the path goes through mixed conifer and broadleaved woodland the remains of Caulfield’s Military Road which ran from Tarbet to Crianlarich can be seen on the other side of the drystane dyke to the left of the path. Keep following the path as it goes through a gap in the dyke and eventually comes within sight of the Home on the Loch tea room at Blairannich. You can always stop for tea or a hot chocolate! Otherwise continue on the main path as it bears right to head back towards Tarbet Isle.

The woodland is now mainly oak and glimpses of the water of Loch Lomond can be seen through the trees. Tarbet Isle, a small island only 80 metres long and 10 metres at its highest point, can be viewed from here. The island takes its name from nearby Tarbet which itself means the portage place. This name comes from folklore that the 13th century King Haakon sailed his Viking fleet up and down Loch Lomond causing havoc and panic having dragged his boats overland to Tarbet across the narrowest part of the land. There are stories of newly weds having to stay alone on Tarbet Isle for two weeks after their marriage to make sure they were suited!

The path soon returns to the car park where there are also good views of the water.

One of our favourite places on the planet, and great for kids!