Shinty -  A Scottish sport with similarities to hockey and hurling with historic roots but remains a current fast-paced game.


Shinty is best described as ‘hockey with no rules’. Although Shinty has rules, there is much more freedom, such as full swings and blocking to defend. 

We have a men’s and a women’s team who compete against other Scottish universities throughout the academic year in the Scottish Student Shinty League. We finish the year with the Littlejohn tournament – an exciting one-day event in St Andrews where all the universities compete against each other.  

A similar sport to Shinty you may have heard of is Hurling, which is played in Ireland, and every year there is the Shinty-Hurling International match played between Scotland and Ireland using their own different sticks, Camans (Shinty) and Hurleys (Hurling).

Our socials are lots of fun and not to be missed, with regular events throughout the season such as ceilidhs, pub crawls, and movie nights. 

There are many opportunities to progress your shinty career through our club such as playing for the Scottish universities squad or our close partners at the local shinty club, Aberdeen University Camanachd, who compete in leagues and cups against other teams across Scotland.  

We provide both Camans (Shinty sticks) and helmets for everyone. Just bring yourself and some shin guards!

Keen to try, but feeling a little apprehensive? Don't worry as most of our team had never played Shinty before University.


Interested? Come join us at our training:

Thursdays 6-8 PM @ Hillhead Grass Pitch

Sundays 2-4 PM @ King’s Pitches (by the main campus)


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