Featuring on the festival calendar for decades, the full music programme attracts tourists to the village from far and wide.
Award-winning bands Skipinnish and Manran have headlined the Quay in the past, while a wide range of musicians take stage in the hotels, pubs and restaurants across the weekend, creating a vibrant, buzzing atmosphere.
Relatively new to the programme in 2016 were Feis an Tairbeirt, who provided traditional music and dance tuition to 8-18 year olds. Their involvement will continue, adding to the variety of the event.
Vikings re-enact the steps of Magnus Barefoot in 1093, fun for all the family.
The Loch Fyne Viking Festival
This festival spans across Lochgilphead, Ardrishaig, and Portavadie, as well as Tarbert – which is rich in Viking history. Every second year, fancy dress and merriment are the order of the village and everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate!
Our resident Vikings re-enact the steps of Magnus Barefoot in 1093, carrying the Viking long-ship (hand crafted by locals) in procession from West Loch to East Loch.
Battle re-enactments take place at the castle, as well as archery lessons, skirmishes, stalls and music, and the recreation area transforms into a mock Viking village demonstrating historic techniques and crafts. The evening sees more music and dancing, fireworks and a spectacular display of shooting fire arrows.
The Paddle Steamer Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Every summer, she stops at East Pier in Tarbert on a weekly basis, allowing passengers to come ashore and explore the village, while others aboard to cruise Loch Fyne for a few hours.