Tarbert Castle is located on a prominent hilltop ridge overlooking the fishing village of Tarbert, Kintyre. It dates from at least the 13th century and comprises the substantial remains of a 13th century double walled courtyard set within a much larger, 14th century curtain wall. Along the SE side of the curtain wall is the standing remains of a 15th century tower. To the west of the castle are the remains of what is believed to be the medieval burgh tha surroundded the castle.
The castle is held in Trust for the community by the Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust (TSCT). TCST are in the midst of completing an ambitious programme (Phase 1) of volunteer and grant funded site clearance and 15th century tower stabilisation in addition to new interpretation boards. TSCT approached the Adopt-a-Monument scheme for advice and support to help them develop the next phase of the project.
The overarching aims of this next phase of the project are to find out more about the castle and surrounding medieval burgh through research and survey; find ways to involve local volunteers and young people from Tarbert Academy; raise awareness of the castle; further interpretation and to explore how to improve access to and around the castle, particularly for visitors with disabilities.
This project is at an early stage but with support from AaM, TSCT have put together a project design for Stage 1 of the project and have started applying for funding.