One of our favourite dates in the diary is Tarbert Book Festival which is hosted at beautiful Stonefield Castle and coincides with the beginning of all things Christmas.
It starts off the season perfectly and is such a fun event to be part of.
Lesley Taylor of the Loch Fyne Gallery in Tarbert runs this wonderful event, supported by a fantastic commitee. Now in its 10th year, the festival has hosted big names in publishing such as Christopher Brookmyre, Janice Galloway, Mark Douglas Home and Graeme Macrae Burnet. It also supports lesser known authors and has covered a range of genres from fiction to poetry and non-fiction to comic art.
It is such a treat to have this on our doorstep in Kintyre and we are delighted to offer our support – usually in the guise of a cocktail or two preceding the headline event!
This year the headliner was James Crawford, author, photographer and TV presenter. He was discussing his latest book Wild History: Journeys Into Lost Scotland.
It’s a fantastic book – full of beautiful photographs from all over Scotland, depicting wilder, hidden or forgotten areas that humans may once have frequented but with very little trace remaining.
James stressed that this is not a travel guide and he openly discouraged the audience from visiting all the sites for themselves! Fundamentally, Wild Scotland encourages the reader to find their own wild places and be more present and in the moment when walking the countryside. It’s about noticing things that could be significant, or maybe not but sometimes there are stories in most unlikely places.
We are already looking forward to next year! Stonefield offer fantastic winter breaks so you can make a weekend of it!