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Five miles north of Inverbeg and 17 miles north of Balloch is Tarbet where the A83 road branches off west to Arrochar. Tarbet has a Tourist Information Office , Post Office, restaurants, tea rooms and a picnic park with views over the loch. Queen Victoria described Tarbet as " a tranquil hamlet with splendid passes, richly wooded and the highest mountains rising behind ". It takes its name from the Norse word Tairbet which means 'a portage'.
This is where the Viking raiders crossed over the low pass from Arrochar on Loch Long to do their 'pillaging' on Loch Lomond's communities. They reportedly carried (portaged) their boats over the pass.
You can also take a train from Tarbet and enjoy the fabulous scenery on the West Highland Line north to Fort William and beyond. An experience not to be missed!