Shinty is Scotland's traditional national sport.
It is played throughout Scotland though particularly in the West Highlands and on Strathspey.
The game arrived from Ireland about 1500 years ago and until the latter part of the 19th century games were played on an informal basis between neighbouring villages.
In 1893 however the Camanachd Association was established to formalise the rules ("Camanachd" is the Gaelic word for "shinty"; the word "shinty" itself means "leap").
The first Camanachd Cup Final was held in Inverness in 1896. Kingussie were the winners.
Teams have 12 players including a goalkeeper. The stick ("caman") is usually made of hickory, ash or birch. But unlike the Irish game of hurling there is no restriction on the swing of the "caman" -it is a tough, demanding sport and not for the faint hearted.