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Colintraive

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Colintraive 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.GeographyColintraive 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.SportsDue to the small populations of Colintraive and its nearest neighbouring village of Glendaruel, the two share a shinty team Col-Glen which is the combined first segments of both names.DeclineThe 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.
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