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.
Video clip of Shinty game in process at Inveraray.

Teams in the Shinty Premier League are Newtonmore, Kyles Athletic, Kinlochshiel, Lovat, Oban, Kingussie, Lochaber, Caberfeidh, Skye and Glenurquhart.


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