HURRAH!! on the 8th of August 2021 after 22 months closure, we are open again. Please wear a mask when visiting. Apologies for the time being there are no colouring pencils or chalk available.

The centre will be open daily until the October 31st. It is opened from around 10.00 until 5pm.

The Colintraive Heritage centre nestles in a peaceful location beside the Milton Burn next to the Colintraive Village Hall.

It has proved popular with visitors from across the globe and is often described as a ‘hidden gem’. It is maintained and run by volunteers.

Figure 1: – Colintraive Heritage Centre and Village Hall

The Old Stables

In 2009, volunteers from the community, transformed the former stables, later a hotel garage and finally a workshop run by Alec Grant into the unmanned Colintraive Heritage centre. The aim was to share our history and heritage with visitors and residents.

Today, it has displays of local historical events, images, maps. Together with residents’ personal stories. film clips, domestic artefacts and farming implements to bring to life the last century in Colintraive.

Figure 2: – The Former Stables and Smiddy
Figure 3: – The Mill House (now demolished) and the Bridge at Milton in 1907

The Area

The heritage centre is located next to the village hall, bowling green and community garden with a pond and viewing platform overlooking the burn.

The area is a peaceful, safe place for a picnic, and you are welcome to use some of our picnic benches.

You are can also visit the polytunnel and admire the produce of the community growers. Ball games can be played on our green space or you can take a short walk to the Kyles of Bute.

Figure 4: – Bowling in the Sunshine

The Colintraive Hotel

A friendly welcome awaits you at the nearby Colintraive Hotel where you can enjoy meals, Argyll Roasters coffee and a variety of soft and alcoholic drinks

Figure 5: -Colintraive Hotel

Researching your Family

Copies of early local valuation rolls and census data can be used to trace relatives and people and link your kin to houses in the village.

Wee Fergie

You are welcome to thoroughly inspect or ‘ride on’ our 1947 Massey Ferguson Tractor.

The ‘Wee Room’

We have recreated the living area of a small cottage as a reminder of past rural life. This contains loaned furniture and domestic objects from the homes of residents.

School Area

An early twentieth century double desk from the South Hall School Colintraive, and modern nursery chairs and tables are used by all ages to ‘play at school.’ Usually Pencils, chalk and chalk boards, crayons are provided but for now please use your own. Colouring sheets, and heritage quiz sheets are available.

Figure 6: – A Shinty Game on the Pier Field by the Hotel in 1890