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Main hall set up for a wedding

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 five 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 150 guests. We can host all types of social occasions such as weddings, birthdays, retirement, fundraising, etc. and welcome all enquiries.  

In 2016 our first team played in the
National League, and although we had some problems along the way we finished two places above the relegated team, we did however request to drop down to South Division 1 for the 2017 season and this has been granted.


Our second team remained in South Division 2 and with the aid of our young stars of the future and several more experienced players returning to the fold we comfortably finished mid table.

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


Our youth teams performed very well during 2016, our P7 team sweeping all before them winning all competitions they entered including the national Tulloch and McKay Cups.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 Monday 24th. April were 4, 7 and 17. There was no winner so its up to £300 next week, still worth a go, good luck.

Latest News
2017 Season
Saturday 29th. April 2017
The scheduled Sutherland Cup tie against Caithness Camanachd at the Meadows will no longer take place as our opponents are unable to field a team, the tie has therefore been awarded to us and we now progress to the 3rd. round.
Our first team have no game this week.
22nd April 2017
Col Glen 0-0 Bute

South Division 1 & Hamish Carmichael Memorial Trophy

Bute travelled to close neighbours Col Glen for the first competitive meeting of the club’s first teams for several years. The match also doubled up as cup tie as the clubs played for the Hamish Carmichael Memorial Trophy, Hamish was a keen supporter of shinty in the Colintraive and Glendaruel area and the game marked the 10th anniversary of his untimely passing.

This game was unchartered territory for the majority of players having never played against each other and it was Col-Glen who started more positively catching Bute flat footed and forcing a series of corners and pressure around the Bute D but not managing to trouble Paddy Queen in the Bute goal. Manager for the day Iain McDonald had shuffled his pack moving Arran Dunn into the centre flanked by Franco Devlin and Chris Lawrence on the wings and they began to exert more authority and provide a platform for Bute’s forward line to attack from.

Duncan Davidson at full forward played through strike partner Robert Walker on a couple of occasions but the normally reliable attacker couldn’t find the finish to match the build-up play. The best effort on goal in the first half was an outrageous effort from Craig Mackay as his overhead volley direct from a corner crashed off the post with the Glen keeper stranded.

Bute had felt they were in the ascendency coming into the half time break however the match was a more even affair in the second half with chances few and far between but some wholehearted and full blooded challenges all over the park made for an entertaining match for the supporters. Bute’s defence of Leighton Reid, Ryan Craig, Scott Harvey and John MacCallum were put under pressure at times however always looked like clearing their lines.

Arron McKirdy had come on into midfield with William Boag and Andrew McLaughlin bolstering the forward line. McLaughlin in particular looked electric threatening the Glen rear-guard with his pace and stick work. Bute finished the 90 minutes with 7 players between the ages of 14-18 with the entire forward line under the age of 18 which bodes well for the development of the team in the future. The points were shared which was a fair reflection of the balance of play and victory on the shoot-out gave Bute the Carmichael Trophy to take back across the Kyles.

This Saturday Bute 1st have a free Saturday while the second team entertain Caithness in the Sutherland Cup, throw up time still to be decided.

(Report by John MacCallum)


  2017 Cup Draws
Camanachd Cup - 6th. May - Bute v Imverness/Caberfeidh
Balliemore Cup - First Round - Bute 1st. Away to Inveraray
Sutherland Cup -29th. April - Bute 2nd. home to Caithness Camanachd.
Youth Shinty
The membership fees of £50 for senior players and £10 for juniors will be due before or at our AGM in January 2017 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. 

We turn up on match days to a clean clubhouse and the away teams are treated to excellent meals prepared and served by Margaret Whitelaw, the soup is always delicious as is the home baking supplied by Nancy Gourlay, sadly Nancy will not be at the clubhouse this year but the god news ius she will continue to supply pancakes and fruit cake. 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, we actually finished last season in the black for a change..
This money comes from three main sources of income, we receive a payment from Argyll and Bute Council for providing changing facilities for other local clubs. We also receive welcome income generated by 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 John MacCallum 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 John. We would ask once again for your support by buying tickets for this lotto draw, it offers good prize money to those who participate.     
In addition we very much welcome the support given by our main sponsors, George and Katie Ross of Macs Bar, Greg and Mara Fisher of McIntyre Butchers and Colin and Mags Lockhart of Ardbeg Mini Market.
We also received  in excess of £10,000 during 2016 in grants and donations, the Big Lottery Fund with over £7500, £800 from Foundation Scotland, £500 from ForBute and various donations from members and supporters, many thanks to you all. 
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.