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About Our Shinty Club


There had been several teams on the island before the formation of the present Bute Shinty Club in 1946, the first  of these being established in 1906. North Bute were the most successful having been runners-up in the 1923 Sutherland Cup.

Bute have had a great deal of success over the years winning many cups and league titles. Between 2004 and 2013 Bute have won the South Division 1 twice, were four times Balliemore Cup winners including 2013 and reached 3 consecutive Celtic Cup finals, this being the most successful period in the clubs history.

We have our own clubhouse which has a newly refurbished and enlarged bar, an extensive catering kitchen and  a large function room catering for up to 120 guests. We can host all types of social occasions such as weddings, birthdays, retirement, fundraising, etc. and welcome all enquiries.  

In 2014 our first team were relegated from the 
newly formed National League and although due to League reconstruction we are still eligible for that division for 2015 we have decided to play in South Division 1 to further enable the development of our younger players. We also hope to welcome several players returning to the fold,  this together with the core of last seasons team should make us more competitive in 2015.


Our second team remain in South Division 2 and will be looking to improve even more on last seasons fine performances, again with the aid of our young stars of the future.

James Craig, Duncan Cowan, Iain McDonald and several others continue to be very active in training and coaching youngsters up to the age of 14 years having approx. 50 involved at present, the club has already benefited by several of the under 14`s 
having played for the First and Second Teams, the hard work of these coaches will ensure the future of our club in the years to come. Shinty is now being introduced into the curriculum of Rothesay Academy to provide competitive sport to their pupils and all our youth teams, including Primary School age groups, are now involved in a competitive shinty environment which is greatly aiding their development.   

Latest News
Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com  
We are  holding a player of the year awards and disco on Saturday 28th. November at 7-30pm in the clubhouse, all players, members, supporters and friends welcome.
Would all first team squad members please bring their Macs Bar travelling tops. 
All are welcome to bring along sandwiches and cold snacks, we want everyone to enjoy the night.  
2015 Season
Bute Crowned South Division 1 Champions.
Following a comfortable 6-0 away win against Oban Celtic at Mossfield Park, Jim Barr, President of the Camanachd Association presented the trophy to our captain
Kevin "Paddy" Queen, Paddy then introduced the rest of the squad as they received their well deserved medals.
Manager Ted McDonald was full of praise for the players efforts over the season and stressed that each and every one of the first team pool was vital to our success, he was delighted with the commitment and passion within the squad and stated that they had exceeded his expectations.
Robert Walker provided the start we needed to help calm the nerves when he scored after just 2 minutes and when Duncan Davidson, with a fine turn and shot, made it 2 after 18 minutes we were well on our way to the title.     
Craig McKay scored two excellent goals in the 24th. and 29th. minutes and Robert Walker made it 5 after 40 minutes to give us a comfortable half time lead.
The second half was a bit of an anti climax as we eased off before Robert Walker scored his third of the game and our 6th. after 79 minutes, yet another hat trick Zeb. Credit must be given to the Oban Celtic players for their tireless efforts even when they were reduced to 11 men due to injuries, they never gave up and played to the final whistle.  
Special mention once again should be made for the play of Craig McKay and Ryan Craig, both members of our under 14 team, they are now worthy first team regulars. 
Special thanks also to David Whitelaw for making the effort in travelling from Lancaster for the game, the smile on his face after the match showed it was worth it.   
Youth Shinty  

Our under 14 team face a play off against Oban Camanachd to decide the the South of Scotland Development League title.
The membership fees of £40 for senior players and £10 for juniors will be due before or at our AGM in January 2016 and we will accept payment in stages. We would also like to stress the importance of our Club Lottery in contributing to our income and would ask you all to play this weekly, its a way of supporting your club and an opportunity to win some money.    
To all Members
 It is not only the players and coaches who contribute to the success of our club, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes that we sometimes take for granted . A team on the park depends on the hard work and efforts of all club members. 
George McNeish works tirelessly in keeping our clubhouse up to standard ably assisted by many of our players who also give freely of their time to make repairs to the property. George can also be found behind the bar on match days and other occasions dispensing great cheer to all.     

We turn up on match days to a clean clubhouse and the away teams are treated to excellent meals prepared and served by Nancy Gourlay and Margaret Whitelaw, the soup is always delicious as is Nancy`s home baking. Margaret ensures our playing strips are washed and ready for each match. Sincere thanks to you both.
It takes a great deal of money to run our teams and maintain our clubhouse, in David Herriot we have a treasurer who looks after our finances with great skill, he ensures money is made available whenever necessary and also that we have funds in the bank.
This money comes from three other main sources of income, we receive a payment from Argyll and Bute Council for providing changing facilities for other local clubs, however it is the efforts of two other club members who provide a constant income stream.
Our Chairman Barry Martin puts a great deal of effort into gaining and arranging various lets for our clubhouse including weddings, birthday parties etc. as well as dog training lessons and fitness classes for adults all providing good monetary income, this takes up a great deal of his time and often goes without notice, our thanks, well done Barry.     
Last but not least we have Tommy Howat ably running our Club Lottery, he goes round the various outlets every Monday collecting the tickets and money, supervises the draw and pays out the winnings. Without this source of income we would struggle financially. Thank you Tommy. We would ask once again for your support by buying tickets for this lotto draw, it offers good prize money to those who participate.     
Once again my apologies to anyone I have omitted from this list, the fault will be entirely mine. 


Bute Shinty Lotto
Bute Shinty Club run a weekly 3 number lottery with a £100 rollover jackpot (Max £2000).
The numbers are drawn on Monday, with winners (if any) announced on Tuesday.
Ticket can be purchased at several local shops on the island.