Bute Shinty and Amateur Athletic Sports Club
HomeFixtures and ResultsSocial EventsLinksSponsorsContact Us


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 140 guests. We can host all types of social occasions such as weddings, birthdays, retirement, fundraising, etc. and welcome all enquiries.  

In 2015 our first team won the South Division 1 Championship and were therefore promoted to the 
National League, we look forward to the increased level of competition in this division.


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 and several more experienced players returning to the fold.

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. Our youth teams performed very well during 2015 reaching several finals and gaining valuable experience. 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.   

Lottery result
The lottery numbers drawn on drawn on Monday 15th August were 6, 14 and 15, one winner who receives $£300. This means its back to £100 next week. Its only £1 a ticket so please remember to take part, encourage your family and friends to enter, its well worth a go. 
After many years of running the lottery Tommy Howat is retiring from that role, many thanks for all those years of hard work Tommy, we really appreciate it. The good news is that we have another loyal supporter of the club taking over, John MacCallum Snr. has now filled that role and we very much welcome his arrival.
Latest News
Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com  
Iain McDonald has been named manager of the South of Scotland under 21 team to face their North counterparts in the Caol Cup, to be played on Saturday 27th. August 2016  at the Jubilee Park Ballachulish with a 2-30 pm start. David McVey has been named as trainer and Arran Dunn, a regular with our first team, is named in the playing squad. Well done to you all, you are a credit to your club.
On Friday 19th. August 2016 we received a cheque for £500 from For Bute, this to enable us to purchase new PVC fascia boarding for the clubhouse to replace the old and rotting fascia. Our thanks to all at For Bute.
 2016 Season
Result for Saturday 20th. August 2016 

Bute 1-1 Beauly

Bute welcomed old Balliemore foes Beauly to the Meadows on a dreich Highland Games day with both sides desperate for points but for vastly different reasons. The visitors were in the hunt for 2 points to keep alive their promotion hopes while Bute were looking to distance themselves from the relegation trap door. With Bute close to full strength - only Arran McKirdy & Adam Stirling were missing through injury - hopes were high that a positive result could be achieved.

Bute began the game firmly on the front foot and took a well-deserved lead after 5 minutes. Duncan Davidson's cross field ball from the left wing was brought under control by the Beauly defender with Ben Clarke in close attendance. With the Beauly man dithering on the ball and attempting a "Cruyff turn" close to his own goal he was unceremoniously dumped off the ball by Clarke whose snap shot from 20 yards caught the keeper unaware and the site of his powerful strike rippling the back of the net gave the home side the perfect start.

Buoyed by this breakthrough the young Bute team grew in confidence throughout the first half causing concern in the Beauly backline every time they ventured up the park and the men in green becoming visibly and audibly more frustrated was testament to the excellent performance. Clark was continuing to torment his marker and Davidson was getting joy against the fierce rivals of his old club Lovat. They were working well with Gordon McMillan in the forward line moving the ball quickly at every opportunity and defending from the front when required.

Beauly were finding chances hard to come by and the league's top scorer, Jack McDonald, drilled low shot towards Paddy Queen's bottom corner and the big keeper showed tremendous agility to dive low to his right and palm the ball round the post.

This was McDonald's only real sight at goal as he was marked well by Donnie McDermid throughout and Arran Dunn had another powerful game at full back at celebrated another good performance with a call up to the South U21 squad. Iain McDonald was commanding the defence well and Ryan Craig had an excellent game at half back with his consistency this season belying his lack of years.

At the other end of the age spectrum his Dad, Jambo, continues to defy the ravages of time with a tireless performance in the centre of the park setting the tone for the rest of his team mates. Craig was ably supported in midfield by Leighton Reid and Craig McKay who were both competing for every ball and supplying a steady stream of passes to their forwards.

Half time came with the islanders still a goal to the good but Beauly beginning to sustain more pressure on the Bute half but the Red Army hopeful for a home win. The message from the management was "more of the same please" with confidence flowing through the whole side.

The second half continued where the first had left off with Beauly probing and Bute resisting but looking dangerous on the counter attack. Eventually Beauly's persistence paid off with a shot through a ruck of players sneaking in at the far post despite the despairing lunge of Queen who got a hand on it but couldn't keep it out.

Thoughts turned to Bute's last game away to Caberfeidh when they were in the same position but eventually succumbed 4-1 but this young side is learning and accruing valuable experience with every game that comes.

Bute showed great resolve to see out the game and could have snatched a late winner with some forays forward. Franco Devlin came on to replace the goal scorer Clark and battled well throughout the remainder of the match. This was a tremendous result for Bute as they have lost heavily in both their trips to face Beauly this season and are finishing the season on a high, hoping to gain points in their last 2 games to solidify their position in the National League.

Next up for Bute are fellow basement boys Inverness at the Meadows which will be a keenly contested encounter with both teams hoping to add to their win tally.

There is no game this weekend as it the annual North v South U21 match for the Caol Cup in Ballachulish though Bute will be well represented with Iain McDonald the manager of the South, David McVey the coach and Arran Dunn selected in the playing squad. (Report by John MacCallum)

The round robin tournament for P7, P5 and P3 teams before the senior match, attracted entries from other clubs from the South of Scotland. Bute Primaries did exceptionally well, our P7 team continued with their successful run by winning their final on penalties, our P5 team also won their trophy while our P3 team put in a great display before losing in their final. A big thanks to all who attended and to the ladies for the fine selection of sandwiches.  

 Youth Shinty
On Friday 1st. July our all conquering P7 and under team toured the town on the open top bus, going from the bus garage to Craigmore and then to Guildford square where it was met by scores of supporters who showed their delight with thunderous applause. They then went to Port Bannatyne where Rhona Donald of the Port Inn had laid on a generous bbq for the boys, what a day they had. 
Well done to all our young players and to their coaches who put in so much effort on training days and taking the boys to games. Thanks also to all the parents and other supporters who went along to lend their support, it makes all the difference and spurs the boys on.
The membership fees of £50 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.