Lovat (Shinty)

Lovat Shinty Club

Lovat Shinty Club is a shinty club from Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire, Scotland. The club was formed in 1888 and has a healthy rivalry with near neighbours Beauly. The club takes its name from the area within which it plays in and shared this name with the late Second World War hero, Lord Lovat.


Founded in 1888, the club has never folded but did merge with Beauly early in the 20th Century and won the Camanachd Cup in 1912/13 as the combined team. After the first war, the team also reached the final in 1925.

In 1953 was Lovat's finest hour, winning every single competition they entered at Senior and Junior level,including the Celtic Society Cup which was a South District Competition.

Despite being close to Inverness, Lovat still maintain two strong teams due to a strong youth policy and the support of the local primary school. The club is always well represented at youth international level.

The club hosts the traditional Lovat V Beauly New Year's Day match AKA the Lovat Cup every year. This game attracts the largest crowd for a shinty match outside of the Camanachd Cup final.

As of the 3rd of November 2007, following Kinlochshiels' draw with Caberfeidh, Lovat are now a Marine Harvest Premier Division Team. This is one of the proudest achievements in recent years for the Kiltarlity side and is somewhat ahead of schedule given the very young age of the team. The results obtained by the team are the result of a lot of hard work both from managers, John MacRitchie and James Gallacher and also from their outstandingly talented squad, led by one of the most promising young players in the game, nineteen year old Lorne MacKay... who gets sent off in every game he plays.

Club staff

Club President Ian (Poppy) Ferguson
Club Treasurer Mary-Ann Henton
Club Secretary Linda Bell
1st Team Co-managers John MacRitchie and James Gallacher
1st Team Captain Lorne MacKay
Club Trainer John-Alasdair MacAulay
2nd Team Co-managers Willie Mainland and Rory MacKenzie
Under 17 Manager John-Alasdair MacAulay
Under 14 Co-managers Sheila Matheson and James Gallacher

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