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Shinty in the Highlands

Two matches between Kingussie and Newtonmore

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The film opens with both sets of players posing the camera. A fixed shot shows the Newtonmore team upon some steps, while a panning shot reveals the players of the Kingussie team. Footage of the match follows. The action is presented from behind one of the goals. Caption cards are used to inform us of the scoring and that the match had to be abandoned due to a pitch invasion. Following a Kingussie goal, the film moves between different groups of spectators. The film then moves on to show the replay. This time, action from the match is intermingled with footage of the crowd. The film ends as the crowd leave the match.

Questions & Activities


  • What is shinty?
  • Where is shinty still played?
  • What other sports are unique to Scotland?
  • Why was there such a good turn out for the game?
  • Where are Kingussie and Newtonmore located?
  • Do you think the shinty players were local stars?
  • How many other sports rivalries can you list in Scotland including local and national teams?
  • What appear to be the rules and object of the game?


History / Health and Wellbeing: Find out the history and rules of Shinty. Compare this with modern TV coverage of matches.

Media Studies: Add a sports commentary to the film.

Art and Design / Health and Wellbeing: Design your own game.

English: Write a fan letter to one of the players.

English: Debate how sport unites and divides communities?

Art and Design: Design your own Shinty kit.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-243-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 1972
Date 1934
Genre Local Topical
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Art and Design, English, History, Social Studies
Subject Matter Sport
Who Playhouse Cinema, Inverness (sponsor)
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 7:26
Film Length 07:26