Shinty, a Scottish team game played mainly in the Highlands.
This evening, I am posting information on the game of Shinty which is popular in the Highlands of Scotland.
Summary facts and information:
- Superficially similar to field hockey in that a team game played with sticks and a hard ball.
- As historic affinity with Irish Hurling and as such may be about 2000 years old. A composite set of rules has been agreed between between the Camanachd (Scottish ruling body) and its Irish counterpart, the Gaelic Athletic Association.
- Players are allowed to use both sides of stick (caman) and play ball in the air. A well struck shinty ball can travel over 100 yards at very high speed.
- Twelve players per team.
- In Scotland there are league and cup competitions. Game is also played in England and Wales, usually where there are numbers of expatriate Highlanders.
- The playing season is March to October.
Teams in the Shinty Premier League are Newtonmore, Kyles Athletic, Kinlochshiel, Lovat, Oban, Kingussie, Lochaber, Caberfeidh, Skye and Glenurquhart.