Shinty is a team sport played using sticks called “caman” to hit a ball into the goal. It is mainly a sport of Scottish Highlands, but was formerly played in England and other areas in the world where Scottish Highlanders migrated. The sport was derived from the Irish game of Hurling and Welsh game of Bando but has its unique rules. The game was traditionally played during winters usually at the New Year’s Day but is now played in the summer season.
The world governing body of shinty is the Camanachd Association and was formed in 1893.
Shinty is played on a rectangular field which is 128-155m long and 64-73m wide. The field is marked with distinctive lines, the long edge being called the sideline and the short edge is called the byelines. The corners of the field are marked with quarter circles of 1.8m radius and a flag is placed at each corner. A center spot is marked at the center of the field surrounded by a circle of 5m radius. The goals are placed at the center of each byeline measure 10 feet high and 12 feet wide. A 10-yard area is marked around each goal and a penalty spot which is a semi-circle of 5m radius is marked at each end of the field, 18m from the mid-point of the goal line.
He is a Scottish former shinty player, a musician and a broadcaster who played for Fort William Shinty Club, majorly as a wing forward. He was the captain and man of the match in the 2005 Camanachd Cup final and has appeared 14 times in the Composite Rules Shinty/Hurling International for Scotland.