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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 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 10th. October were 1, 2 and 3, no winner this week means its £900 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  
We will be holding our Player of the Year Awards in the clubhouse on Saturday 12th. November, 7-30 for 8-00pm.  This will be open to members and players of all ages, family, friends and supporters are also most welcome to attend.
We have had three valuable members of our backroom team retire from their duties this season, Tommy Howat from the lottery, George McNeish as our clubhouse convenor and Nancy Gourlay from our match day catering team. The club thanks them all for their many years of service, they will be badly missed.    
 2016 Season
Result for Saturday 1st October 2016 
Tayforth 5 - 0 Bute
South Division 2
In their last game of the 2016 season our second team went down by 5-0 away to table topping Tayforth. This was by no means a bad display by our team, the gave of their best and tried to the final whistle. Once again manager David Kilpatrick fielded a young team as he builds for the future. 
Youth Shinty
Ryan Craig and Aaron McKirdy starred for the South of Scotland under 17 select against the North at Fort William on Sunday 2nd. October, this was a very close encounter and the South were unlucky to lose by 5-4 after extra time.
We also had three players selected for the under 14 team, Marcus Plank, Andrew McLachlan and Scott Harvie played  on the same day, also at Fort William.
Although again our boys played very well the South lost by 8-1.
Congratulations to all our young players for being selected for these matches, they are a credit to our club. 
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.