Sails unfurl for Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival

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Colourful flags and masts will be lining the harbour in Tarbert this weekend for the annual Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival.

A flotilla of traditionally crafted boats will fill the marina for the weekend, having sailed into Tarbert from all over the UK. Take a stroll along the pontoons to admire their finery and read about their history, before heading to the recreation area for refreshments, traditional crafts and a bit of fun.

The fleet will arrive in Tarbert tomorrow afternoon (Friday July 14) and moor for the weekend at the pontoons. At 8pm that evening, the stage will be set for local musicians, bands and choirs to perform in the marquee.

From 10am on Saturday the pontoons will be open to the public and will offer a chance to get up close to the traditional boats and learn a bit more about the origins of each vessel.

At night, the ceilidh kicks off at 8pm in the marquee and all crews, villagers and visitors are encouraged to take the floor for a bit of dancing.