Scotland can lay claim to the birth of many popular sports, but as far as history goes it doesn’t get any more fascinating than that of shinty.

The origins of shinty date back to the 6th century when the techniques used for play (a keen eye and deft throw) were used to train ancient warriors in preparation for battle.

The game might have been refined through the ages, but the determination to win is just as fierce. It’s an exhilarating game to play – and watch – with league and cups fixtures running between spring and autumn.

Two of the fiercest rivals are Kingussie and Newtomore; villages that lie just three miles apart in the magnificent Cairngorms National Park. When these teams play, tournaments are always fully charged. In all senses of the word!  Kingussie was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the sport's most successful sporting team of all time.

What is Shinty?

Shinty is a fast, physical game where players have to score using a ball and stick. In men’s shinty, there are 12 players on each team - including one goalkeeper. Each player uses a caman (a curved wooden stick) to hit the small leather ball used in play.  A well-struck shinty ball can travel over speeds of 100 mph.

Canadian favourite ‘Ice Hockey’ began life when the Scottish immigrant population of Nova Scotia adapted the game of shinty to be played on ice!

Shinty Cups

First awarded in 1896, the Camanachd Cup is the most coveted of in the men’s trophy events. For the women’s teams, the Valerie Fraser Cup is the one to win. Finals for both cups take place in September each year.

Find out more about Shinty in Scotland

Visit Camanachd Association's official website