Colintraive sunset - geograph.org.uk - 190562
|Colintraive shown within Argyll and Bute|
|OS grid reference|
|• Edinburgh||75 mi (121 km)|
|• London||367 mi (591 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||DUNOON, ARGYLL|
Colintraive; (Scottish Gaelic: Caol an t-Snàimh) is a village, on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scottish Highlands. Once the site where cattle were swum across the narrows to the Isle of Bute, a ferry now provides the back door to the island.
Colintraive is located on the west coast of the Cowal peninsula, facing the Kyles of Bute. The village is quite small with few facilities, primarily the hotel/pub-restaurant, and its small adjoining post office. The Colintraive Hotel was owned and run by Ken Sykora for 5 years during the 1970s before his wife's alcoholism forced them to sell up. A Heritage Centre opened in 2009. The nearest town of notable size is Dunoon, which is twenty minutes drive away on the east coast of the peninsula, facing Gourock and the Firth of Clyde.
The name Colintraive derives from Gaelic and means "swimming strait" or "swimming narrows". In the past, cattle were swum over from the Isle of Bute to Colintraive on their way to the markets of lowland Scotland.
The Col-Glen name is also used by the local development trust which was set up to combat the declining population and economy in the two villages. Glendaruel local Michael Russell MSP said of the project: "A small and fragile community like Colintraive and Glendaruel must go forward or it will inexorably decline – in population, in services and in viability." Falling rapidly in recent years, the total adult population of the 2 villages combined was estimated at 250 in 2009.
For over 60 years until the late 1990s Caol Ruadh, one of Colintraive's Victorian mansions set in a 20-acre estate, was used as a residential school for children from Glasgow with special educational needs. Financial concerns caused the City of Glasgow council first to reduce subsidies and later to sell the property after it use reduced when user charges were introduced. In 2012 the grounds were opened as a sculpture park for contemporary sculpture and art works.
The village no longer has its own primary school, and pupils are instead bussed to Kilmodan Primary School in Glendaruel. Secondary school pupils attend Dunoon Grammar School, the only secondary school in Cowal.
On 25 March 2011, a decomposed body of a woman was found on the shore of Loch Striven at Troustan, near Colintraive. It was later revealed to be the body of 63-year-old Jennifer Thomson, a hillwalker from Methven, Perthshire, who went missing in March 2007.
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