Schools of Shinty

The Camanachd Association's School of Shinty Programme has come on leaps and bounds since its establishment in 2018 with a further 7 schools joining the programme.

  • Lochaber High
  • Kingussie High
  • Oban High
  • Ardnamurchan High
  • Charleston Academy
  • Grantown Grammar
  • Uddingston Grammar
  • Kilchuimen Academy.

In order to support the schools on their journey a new School of Shinty Accreditation Scheme has been developed to encourage greater participation and progression after schools sign up.

As a specific example Charleston Academy have signed up to be a school of shinty and are already delivering curriculum time shinty sessions as well as an after-school club. They are also planning to qualify their young leaders in both coaching and refereeing as well as hosting a S1/2 festival in December 2021. Charleston Academy teacher, Shaina Archibald who supports with the school of shinty said: “We have a number of pupils who attend Charleston that play Shinty for Beauly, Lovat and Inverness. We have got the Shinty Ambassador programme up and running in the school and the girls have been helping to coach at our after school Shinty extra-curricular club. The girls hope to run girls tournaments to encourage more girls to take part in Shinty as well as run more first Shinty based sessions and hopefully get some festivals/tournaments on the go. A number of our pupils have been put through their refereeing qualifications too which has benefitted and will benefit us greatly in the future as we hosted a very successful S1/2 Shinty festival and had our seniors refereeing at it. We hope to host more in the future and look forward to getting more Shinty going in the school to encourage and get more pupils playing.”

Shinty Ambassadors

For 2021-22, the ambassador programme has gained huge traction with 15 schools signing up to be a part of the process. A training weekend took place on the 13th and 14th November with 30 ambassadors in attendance throughout the two days. In person training delivered by Active Advantage was a big part of their leadership training which will unquestionably help them move forward as the shinty leaders of tomorrow.

Anna Nicolson and Ross Donald from Dunoon Grammar said:

“We wanted to be Shinty Ambassadors so they can improve and create different shinty opportunities within our local area. We each bring our previous shinty experience, knowledge and skills to the role as Ambassadors and are excited to be shinty leaders.
The best thing about shinty is getting to play with your friends, not to mention winning games!”


Eilidh Cameron & Innes Cameron said:

“We are both experienced players and are determined to use our expertise to motivate others to participate in Shinty. We have a particular interest in increasing uptake among the younger years in the school and plan to introduce small, fun tournaments to help achieve this.”

Key Dates 2022

11th June: MacTavish Cup Final

Bught Park, Inverness

25th June:

Glasgow Celtic Society Cup Final

Venue TBC

16th July:

Single Team Competition Cup Final  

Venue TBC

23rd July:

Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup Final

An Aird, Fort William

6th & 13th August:

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Semi Finals 

Venues TBC

3rd September:

Caol Cup [North v South U21] 

Venue TBC

20th August:

Artemis Macaulay Cup Final

Mossfield Park, Oban

3rd September:

WCA Camanachd & Challenge Cup Finals

Venue TBC

27th August:

Strathdearn Cup Final

Venue TBC

 10th September:

Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup Final 

Blairbeg, Drumnadrochit

27th August:

Bullough Cup Final

Venue TBC

17th September:

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final

The Dell, Kingussie

Facility Development

Bught Park

The Bught Park is set to undergo a major redevelopment following work carried out in 2019 by the Camanachd Association that led to the development of a user group and a subsequent feasibility study that laid the foundations for a Highland Council funding application in October 2021 to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Levelling Up, the Union and Constitution wrote to the Leader of The Highland Council to advise that the bid for £19,856,253 to deliver the ‘Inverness Zero Carbon Cultural Regeneration’ project had been successful. The ‘Inverness Zero Carbon Cultural Regeneration’ project combines three independent, complementary schemes that will drive the environmental, cultural and economic regeneration of Inverness. The schemes located along the river in the heart of the city, in areas of deprivation, will provide transformational opportunities for both residents and visitors at a local,
regional and national level.

The Bught Park Stadium Complex is one of the three projects that also includes the Castle Project and the Northern Meeting park and the Bught Park is expected to receive in the region of £7.1M. Currently the facilities lack the infrastructure
required to drive footfall and revenue and the plan is to have an impact on culture by redeveloping the historic home of shinty with refurbished grandstand (incl. improved changing, spectator facilities), an interactive museum of shinty and event infrastructure to facilitate more large-scale outdoor events (up to 20,000 capacity).

Another exciting element to the project is the Net Zero: Ground Source Ambient Loop providing heat energy to the
Grandstand, Exhibition of Shinty, welfare facilities and scalable to supply other adjacent properties

Fort William

In 2021 the opening of a new youth pitch at Fort William was one of the major successes this year the first new shinty field in the area for many years was officially opened by Duncan and Rosemary MacPhee, dedicated to the memory of their late son and Fort William Junior shinty player, Fraser.

Laid out adjoining the main pitch at An Aird, an area of waste ground was turned into a purpose built training pitch which meets requirements for Junior League shinty matches and also boasts floodlight coverage making it one of only a few shinty parks in the Highlands to do so.


Elsewhere, Bute Shinty Club received ownership of The Meadows from the Mount Stuart Trust who generously donated the grounds to the club at no cost.

The Bute Shinty and Amateur Athletic Club Chairman, Barry Martin said: “This gift of the Meadows pitches will have a huge impact for the Isle of Bute Shinty Club. We are very much a community club with our clubhouse used for a huge range of events, with everything from Yoga Classes to Irish Dancing, weddings and funerals taking place here.

The return of shinty competitions

2021 saw no fewer than 8 adult cup finals. The variation in both finalists and winners made things particularly exciting in the last campaign. This year however represents a full return to shinty where our sport will see 10 senior finals including the exciting return of the women's game at a competitive level following the pandemic and vitally important the return to a full season of youth competitions - even more great shinty to look forward to.

Safeguarding our young people

We continue to be champions for the safety of young people in sport. We frequently run and signpost to courses to enhance child protection and all of our clubs have Child Protection Officers in place.

Ronald Ross is our in hosue Child Protection Officer and is always on hand to help clubs should any queries arise.

Camanachd at a glance (Apr 2022)


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