Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI)

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The Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is an exciting 5-year project which seeks to revitalise a defined core area within Rothesay’s historic town centre. Grants have been offered to property owners to assist with structural and external repairs to bring their properties back to a good state of repair. 


The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (£1,500,000), Historic Scotland (£499,933), Argyll & Bute Council (£546,124) and LEADER (£107,839). In addition to this £2.6 million of public funding, private investment amounts to £1.38 million, meaning a total investment in the island's gateway of approximately £4.2 million over a five year period.

All grants have been allocated and the project will draw to a close on 31st March 2016. Some positive project outcomes are as follows:

  • 6 jobs have been created as a result of the project.
  • 4 tenements have been comprehensively repaired.
  • 8 smaller scale building repair projects have brought buildings back into a good state of repair.
  • 12 shop fronts have been restored.
  • 1 gap site has been redeveloped.

You can see the progress of the Montague Street gap site in our video:

Gap site time lapse video

Training and Events

Limewashing in Rothesay  Reading Tag  Busy locals

A programme of activities has been developed to run alongside the construction work in order to improve building conservation skills, encourage regular building maintenance and to promote and celebrate the unique character of Rothesay and the wider Island.

To view a summary of all training and events held to date, please download this booklet.

Our events are free and open to all. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for upcoming events please contact