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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.   

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Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com  
2015 League Season
Saturday 18th. April sees a feast of cup shinty at the Meadows starting at 12 noon when our First Team entertain Premier League side Oban Camanachd in the 2nd. round  of the Celtic Society Cup, this will be by far our most difficult game this season.
This is followed at 2-30pm when our Second Team host Kinlochshiel in the second round of the Sutherland Cup, again this will be a hard game against the team from North Division 1.  
Please come along and support both teams and enjoy the afternoon, then have a drink our two in the bar while discussing the results.  
After the second game and all players have showered and had their meal could as many as possible stay behind and help set up the hall for the Ceilidh. 
Social Event.
To coincide with the official opening of our refurbished and enlarged bar we are cordially inviting all players and their partners who were members of our 1972 Sutherland Cup and 1985 Balliemore Cup winning teams to a Ceilidh night on Saturday 18th. April 2015, 7-30 for 8-00pm, in the clubhouse. We would also like to invite all supporters who attended either match to come along for a night of reminiscence and story telling for those of us whose memory is fading. 
Training for all senior players has been switched to the Meadows from 17th. March on Tuesdays and Thursdays, both nights from 6-30 to 7-30pm. Please make every effort to attend.   

Present, past and potential sponsors are also most welcome as are all other past and present players, their partners and supporters, please come along and enjoy the night.   
Youth Shinty  
The Marine Harvest Under 14 9 side Development League has our lads in the same section as Glasgow Kelvin, Kyles, Oban Camanachd, Ballachulish and Aberdour.
Our first match is on Sunday 26th. April away to Oban Camanachd and we wish our boys all the best in their games.    
2015 Senior Cup Draws
Camanachd Cup
First Round 09/05/2015 - Strachur v Bute.
Macaulay Cup 
First Round 2/05/2015 - Bute v Oban Camanachd 
Second Round 13/06/2015 - Bute/Oban Camanachd v Oban Celtic/Ballachulish 
Celtic Society Cup  
Second Round 18/04/2015 - Bute v Oban Camanachd   
Balliemore Cup.
Quarter Final 23/05/2015 -  Bute v Kilmallie   
Sutherland Cup 
First Round 18/04/2015 - Bute v Kinlochshiel
Second Round 02/05/2015 - Bute/Kinlochshiel v Strathspey/Fort William 
Bullough Cup
First Round 16/05/2015 - Bute v Inveraray
Quarter Final Bute/Inveraray v Oban Lorn/Ballachulish   
The membership fees of £40 for senior players and £10 for juniors are now due 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.