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Tarbet Pier Picnic Site regeneration


Why is Tarbet Pier site closed?

The National Park Authority site at Tarbet Pier is being upgraded and improved as a result of a masterplan that was developed in collaboration with the local community and businesses.

More than £2 million is being invested at the popular visitor site transforming it into a sustainable low-carbon destination with expanded facilities for the community and for visitors

How long will it be closed?

Between Monday 29th January and late March, the site will be completely closed, with no access for pedestrians, cyclists, campervans or motorists.  The car park, toilets, motorhome facilities and café will all be closed during this initial period.

The National Park Authority expects to partially re-open the site in time for Easter weekend at the end of March.

At this stage, the site and facilities will re-open but access for parking, coaches and motorhomes will be limited and further short closures may be required.

The works are due to be complete by late summer.

Can I park at the site?

Between Monday 29th January and late March there will be no parking available.  The site is due to partially re-open in time for Easter Weekend.  At this point, the café and toilets will re-open but there will be limited parking available, around 20% of the current car park capacity.

Can I park my motorhome at Tarbet or use waste disposal facilities?

No.  While this upgrade work is ongoing, there will be no overnight parking possible and no waste disposal facilities available.  Improved facilities will be available when the upgraded site re-opens late summer.

What about school drop offs?

From 29th January, the drop off area will not be available. The National Park Authority expects to partially re-open the site in time for Easter weekend at the end of March but this will be very limited and will not include the area used for drop-offs.

The north car park including school drop off area is due to be complete in May and we will continue to provide updates to the local community, including the school, regarding dates.

The full programme of works is due to be complete by late summer and the upgraded site will provide benefits for all users of the site for decades to come.

What is being done to improve the site?

Improvements being made to the visitor site at Tarbet this year include:

  • a new shelter and viewpoint
  • additional native woodland
  • improvements to internal paths, roads and car parking to ensure easier and safer movement for all users
  • a range of measures to establish the site as a sustainable travel hub: a cycle hub with repair station, charging points for electric vehicles and e-bikes, more accessible pedestrian facilities and improved cycling routes.
  • improvements to motorhome facilities including better parking and waste disposal facilities.

What alternative facilities are available?

There are other sites being shown on the Tarbet webpage. As the Grey and Black motorhome waste is closed for the duration of the works, visitors in Motorhomes and Campervans need to plan ahead and find a safe way to dispose of their Grey and Black waste.

How can I find out more?

Up-to-date information about what is available at the site can be found on the National Park Authority website at and if you have any further questions or concerns, please contact

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