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HebCelt Swings back for 15th Anniversary of Festival Shinty!

July 14th, 2022 No comments


Hebridean Celtic Festival Shinty Challenge Cup

Lewis V Uist

Saturday 16th August

Bayhead Park, Stornoway, 2pm

Since 2007, the HebCelt Challenge Cup has been an unmissable highlight of Hebridean Celtic Festival Saturday; the camans swaying without warning, great athleticism, tremendous skill and never-say-die commitment. As with the festival itself, there has been a three year gap since 2019 due to COVID, but both Camanachd Leodhais and Uist Camanachd will be itching to get going on Saturday 16 July in the heart of Stornoway, at Bayhead Park, 2pm. Entry is by donation.

Lewis come off the back of three straight league wins in North Division Two and will look to retain the trophy after winning it back in 2019, however 2018 winners Uist, will hope that they can use their native talent, some of whom play for mainland clubs, as well as their usual sprinkling of mainland loan stars to take the trophy south for the fourth time.

The fixture is always a pulsating occasion that attracts a big crowd. Several have gone to penalties, whereas others have seen the from book totally ripped up or mighty goalfests. No matter what, when the islanders clash, it is a great day out for any festival goer before they head down to see the bands play later. What an appropriate way to mark 25 years of HebCelt with the 15th Anniversary of the first HebCelt Cup! Read more about the history of this fixture here.

Over the years, retiring HebCelt Director Caroline MacLennan has been a stalwart supporter of the fixture, buying the cup in 2007, presenting the cup in 2008 (pictured above) and always ensuring that both sets of players can enjoy hospitality in the big tent in the evening every year since. Both clubs, as well as those individuals who have helped organise this important fixture over the years would like to thank Caroline for giving shinty this valuable high-profile platform for so many years and wish her a happy retirement.

Champions 2019 – Lewis quickest on the HebCelt Draw in Shootout Drama

July 20th, 2019 No comments


The 13th HebCelt Cup Final was certainly not an unlucky one for the watching spectator, as yet again the Island teams served up a thriller for the HebCelt crowds as good as anything in the main arena.

On an absolute scorcher of a day, 90 minutes couldn’t separate Camanachd Leòdhais and defending champions Uist Camanachd as the game finished 1-1. Aberdeen University’s Donnie MacRae gave Uist a first half lead. With 18 minutes to go Donald Lamont equalised with his 11th goal of the season but Uist managed to withhold some heavy pressure to ensure that the game finished tied at 90 minutes.

This led directly to the lottery of the penalty shootout and after all was said and done, Scott MacLeod scored the winning penalty to ensure the trophy came home to Lewis.

A huge thank you to Uist Camanachd for coming over and to the HebCelt Festival for their continued support.

A final thank you to everyone that came out to the game today. There was a large crowd on hand to witness an excellent game.

Next week is our final home game of the season as Strathspey make the trip to Shawbost.

We hope you come and support the Heb Celt Cup champions!

Race for the Drams

Donald’s goal in the HebCelt extends his lead in the scoring charts even further, after scoring his 10th goal in the 3-1 defeat at against Strathglass a couple of weeks ago. He is now only three goals short of equalling Will Church’s record for goals in a season recorded in 2013.

Donald Lamont 11

Ally Lamont 3

Scott MacLeod 2

Connor Chalmers, Stuart “Tyson” Campbell 1

Uist end six year HebCelt famine with 5-3 victory in Stornoway

July 21st, 2018 No comments


Uist Camanachd lifted their third Hebridean Celtic Festival Cup and their first since 2012 with a 5-3 victory over Camanachd Leòdhais at Bayhead, Stornoway in front of a healthy crowd.

Uist player-manager Graham Black had put together a good side, with some strong guest players to augment the native Uibhisteach talent, and with a youthful Dubh is Gorm side, with many making their HebCelt debut, it looked like it would be one of the most intriguing matches in years and so it proved.

Scott MacLeod opened the scoring for us on the quarter hour, but Uist levelled then went into the lead thanks to a penalty. Then Ruaraidh MacMillan levelled things to make it 2-2 just before half time.

Uist retook the lead in the second half, then added another swiftly, making it 4-2, but then Donald Lamont scored his seventh of the season to close the gap but Uist made sure of the Cup with a goal in the dying moments.Whilst it was disappointing from a Leòdhasach point of view, it was a well deserved victory in an entertaining match which stopped the Dubh is Gorm making it six wins in a row.

During the match Leòdhas’ Innes Lamont was taken to hospital with a head injury that required medical attention and everyone wishes him a swift recovery.

Many thanks to Henry MacInnes for refereeing. He named Uist’s Michael MacLeod as player of the match.

A great many thanks to the Hebridean Celtic Festival for their continued support of this fixture which is an invaluable tool for the promotion of shinty in the Western Isles.

Congratulations to Uist on their win and we look forward to next year’s clash with anticipation.


HebCelt Cup 2018 | 12 years of inter-island thrills and spills

July 16th, 2018 No comments

Hebridean Celtic Festival Inter-Island Shinty Cup 2018

Lewis V Uist

Bayhead, 2pm, Saturday 21 July 2018

Scott Murray Lewis Camanachd Shinty

That time of year again!  The big derby of the year with Uist is Saturday 21 July, 2PM at Bayhead. Big thanks as always to Caroline MacLennan and the whole Hebridean Celtic Festival team for their hospitality and support of this fixture which has been crucial to the development of shinty in the Western Isles over the last decade. There have been some classic games over the years, ever since the fixture first started in 2007. This will be the 12th running of this now iconic event.


The fixture was started in 2007 but with Uist unavailable the game was played between Camanachd Leodhais and a Hebcelt Allstars team which had some guests over for the festival cameo. This was played at the old Acres Pitch which is now a car park. Lewis won 3-0. There are no photos in evidence!

The 2008 version was played over two legs, with the first game held in North Uist at Easter.  Lewis won that game 4-2, but the game at Smith Avenue on the Saturday of the Festival was a close 2-2 draw, with Lewis grabbing the draw in he final seconds to secure the cup.

Camanachd Leodhais Celtic Festival

In 2009, there was a cloud over proceedings with the recent death of Craig Morrison.  On a rainy day which seemed to reflect the mood, in that sense the result was secondary although Uist played well to win 3-0, their first win in the competition and the first time the fixture was played at Bayhead. The picture at the top is also from that fixture with Lewis’ Scott Murray competing for the ball with Uist’s Steven Morrison as Sean “Rubens Banterchello” MacLeod looks on.

Paul Duke Lewis Uist shinty

In 2010, Lewis made an emphatic 4-1 win as the fixture returned to Bayhead, with Titch Morrison, Calum Stamper and Paul Duke piling in the goals.  The weather again was fairly inclement in the run up, but the game still drew a sizeable crowd as the weather improved rapidly in the second half.


Hebridean Celtic Festival 2010 Shinty Lewis

HebCelt 2010

2011 saw a Lewis team in their first season in the North leagues up against a Uist side who put up a good fight (although the fixture was reduced to 10 a side) in a 3-2 classic in blazing sunshine. Perhaps upwards of 500 people attended the match.

In 2012, Uist, with a couple of mainland additions caught Lewis napping and won the cup 2-1 on penalties after a 2-2 stalemate. There was some more fine weather and another bumper crowd, which meant a good day for Hebridean Shinty no matter the result.

2013 saw a dominant Lewis performance under the tutelage of Iain ‘Diablo’ Sinclair as the team made amends for the previous year with a 7-0 demolition of the Southern islanders. Duncan MacIntyre scored 4 in a complete performance against a strong Uist side.


2014 was a 4-0 win for Lewis with goals from Will, Duncan, Ally and Dukey. It was another win for Diablo’s troops over another strong Uist side.


2015 was another win for Lewis to make it 3 in a row for the first time. It was a tighter game with Uist restricting Lewis to only two goals, king of the Hebcelt Duncan scoring alongside Connor Chalmers. Diablo retired as manager having never lost the cup.

2016 saw a controversial last minute move to the astro at Smith Avenue, which robbed the game of appearances by Will Church and Keith “Trumisgarry” Macdonald but it was an entertaining match for what it was. Donald Lamont matched Duncan’s 2013 four goal haul alongside 2 from Scott MacLeod in a 6-nil game. However, Uist were much better than the scoreline suggested and Graham Black of Uist was a deserved man of the match.

HebCelt 2016

HebCelt 2016

2017 saw Uist up their game with Keith back in midfield and some new signings. It was the closest match in years and Lewis were pushed all the way for a 4-2 win. Dougie Shaw grabbed a brace alongside David Cleary and Paul Duke’s efforts.


What 2018 holds in store for the fixture is unsure other than it will be another exciting game in the heart of Stornoway!



HebCelt and Motiv8 Summer Camp

July 16th, 2017 No comments


The middle of July is always a busy time for the club, and we’re happy to say the first team got things of to a good start securing their first point on the park this season with a thrilling 1-1 draw against Strathspey, Craig MacLeod with his first goal since scoring against California!

The Hebridean Celtic Festival Cup is this Saturday 22nd July and we look forward to welcoming Uist to Bayhead for the 11th final as we mark ten years since the 2007 match between Lewis and Heb All Stars. Thanks to the Hebcelt for their continued support of this fixture, a great advert for shinty in the Western Isles and great to be back on Bayhead again.

Our annual Motiv8 shinty camp is also running this week, Monday to Friday  @ Smith Avenue astro (11am to 2pm each day). Lots of spaces left! Parents should sign their children up by phoning the sports centre or going to the reception. The full cost must be paid to the sports centre, coaches will not be taking money on any of the days.  The camp is for 8-14 year olds and for locals, tourists and club regulars. Please share with anyone who may be interested.

The Craig Morrison Sixes are later than usual this month and will be held to coincide with the visit of the English Shinty Association. We look forward to welcoming Na Sasannaich, who will join California, The SCOTS and St Andrews Uni as touring sides to Lewis.

Four In A Row at HebCelt!

July 25th, 2016 No comments

A record equalling four goals from Donald and a double from Scott made it a fourth in a row HebCelt title for the club.  Uist brought a good squad, thanks to Keith, Graham and Joseph organising, and the 6-nil scoreline was not a fair reflection of their application and effort, although it was well deserved on our side thanks to the clinical scoring by the lads. It was Duncan’s first trophy as manager and will hopefully build for the rest of the season.

Thanks to Sean Cameron for refereeing, Crawford MacLellan for presenting the trophy and to all the youngsters who turned up for the youth game at noon, young Zander MacRae visiting from Kinlochshiel was named player of the match after a 3-3 draw.

A massive thank you to Caroline MacLellan and all at the Hebridean Celtic Festival for their support and hospitality, Runrig were frankly awesome! Official pics were taken by Colin Cameron but old friend of the club Iain Cochrane was also on hand with some snaps. and they can be seen below.

Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes – Simply the Best!

July 17th, 2016 No comments

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Last Wednesday saw a great night in memory of two Morrisons who are greatly missed by all the shinty community in Lewis.

The Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes had their second midweek running after last year’s successful trial and it once again proved an excellent addition to HebCelt week.

For the first time there was a youth competition, with three teams, the Bocan Boys, the Tolsta Terrors and the Juniors. It was won by the Tolsta Terrors with Seumas Mac a’ Ghobhainn winning the local young player of the tournament prize and Calum Murray of Glasgow Gaels winning the overall player of the tournament.

The awards were presented by Murdo Morrison, father of the late Diane Morrison. Diane passed away suddenly in 2012 , and in her memory a collection as made from all the players which raised over £150 for the British Heart Foundation, for whom the family have tirelessly fundraised since her untimely passing. The club will now make hold this collection at the event every year.

The senior tournament saw a three team double round robin, with both teams playing each other twice. There were Al’s Pals (captained by Al Reed), Simply the Best (Michael MacLeod) and Fiorentina Turner (Peter Gomez).

Simply the Best 2 (Donald 2) – 0 Fiorentina Turner

Simply the Best 2 (Donald 2) – 2 Al’s Pals (Will 2)

Al’s Pals 2 (Ally 2) – 0 Fiorentina Turner

Fiorentina Turner 0 – Simply the Best 1 (Conal)

Al’s Pals 3 (Ally 2, Will) – Simply the Best 1 (Donald)

Fiorentina Turner 1 (Lisa) – Al’s Pals 0

The results meant that Simply the Best and Al’s Pals were tied on points, so a penalty shootout was held. Donald’s penalty snuck past Eoghan so the title went to Michael’s team. He received the shield from Craig’s father Graham and mother Kareen and other members of the family who were in attendance.

Rory MacDiarmid was named young player of the tournament, but all the youngsters who took part in the adult competition, including Steven Morrison, Robert Kearney, Lisa Mason, the Murray brothers and Rory’s own brother Conal all looked promising for the future.

Ally Lamont edged his brother and Steven Morrison for player of the tournament thanks to some incredible strikes which threatened to burst the net.

Kareen said afterwards that Craig would have loved the event. He was a great, enthusiastic personality and his loss in 2009 was a terrible blow to all his family and friends. We look forward to playing tribute to him for many years to come.


Hebridean Celtic Festival Shinty Marks 10 Glorious Cup Finals

July 8th, 2016 No comments

It was a small fringe event that has grown into one of the must see non-musical events at every Hebridean Celtic Festival. It is hard to believe that Festival Saturday will see the tenth running of the Hebridean Celtic Festival Inter-Island Shinty Cup between Lewis and Uist.

Shinty is an exciting Gaelic sport played by two teams of twelve with curved wooden sticks on a playing area double that of a football field. It is fast, frenetic and full of passion, especially when played by two sides which neighbour each other, and the island rivalry is one of the keenest in the sport.

Shinty, also known as Camanachd or Iomain, was the Western Isles’ indigenous sport, as much a part of the native culture as Gaelic language and music, but it died out after the large social changes brought about by the Great War as well as the difficulties in accessing competitions on the mainland. In the 1990s the sport was first reintroduced to Uist and Lewis, but it wasn’t until the mid-noughties that momentum started to build.

However, the opportunities for competition were still limited, so Camanachd Leòdhais approached the Hebridean Celtic Festival to create an inter-island competition to be played during the festival. The 2007 game was played against a select of festival-goers but since 2008 it has been versus Uist Camanachd.

The competition has contributed massively to the development of the sport throughout the Western Isles. It is a showcase game which has provided exposure and experience. The Lewis club have played now regularly in the national leagues since 2011 and whilst Uist are not engaged in regular competition, they have successfully exported players across Scotland and many will have made the long journey to home to play for their island.

Every year has seen the match improve in standard, drama and in the size of the crowd which it attracts. It is played at the picturesque Bayhead pitch directly to the right of the bridge across to the main arena, so you can catch the play before making your way to the musical entertainment.

Gaga Shinty Lewis Camanachd

As the Royal National Mòd is held in the Western Isles this year, both sides will face each other again in the Mòd Cup in October but this in no way diminishes the spectacle and stakes of playing in front of a crowd of hundreds for the “HebCelt”. Lewis won a close match last year to secure three in a row, but Uist will be desperate to upstage their Hebridean rivals, which means a great game is guaranteed.

The Festival is yet again, as is traditional, providing hospitality to both teams and Caroline MacLennan, the Festival Director said: “The partnership of shinty and HebCelt is as unique as it is enduring with the Challenge Cup assisting the continued renaissance of shinty in the islands led by the Lewis and Uist Camanachd Clubs.  This spectacle provides festival-goers with an intense sporting spectacle as part of the Festival Fringe and the Festival provides a magnificent opportunity for the exposure of this excellent sport in the Outer Hebrides.”

With Runrig closing the Big Stage this year, their famous shinty song, the “Clash of the Ash”, will be ringing out to the accompaniment of two squads of shinty players, one defeated, one victorious, but both having played their hearts out.

Camanachd Leòdhais v Uist Camanachd

Hebridean Celtic Festival Inter-Island Shinty Challenge Cup

Bayhead, 2pm, Saturday 16th July


Fixtures 2016 Published

January 29th, 2016 No comments

The Camanachd Association have released the Fixtures for 2016. If you wish to have an overview of the whole shinty season then click here. A well balanced set of games divided between home and away, and plenty of tasty fixtures for the shinty fan to spectate. Please note that the fixture on 16 July will be the Hebcelt Cup against Uist and the Glengarry game for that date will be rearranged.


5 Mar v Caberfeidh (A)

12 Mar v Aberdeen University (A)

19 Mar v Lochcarron (A)

26 Mar v Boleskine (A)

2 Apr v Strathspey (A)

9 Apr v Oban Lorn (A) Sutherland Cup 1st Round

16 Apr v Lochaber (A)

23 Apr v Inverness (A)

30 April Sutherland Cup 2nd Round

7 May v Kilmallie (H)

14 May

21 May v Caberfeidh (H)

28 May Far North Sixes, Scourie

4 Jun v Glengarry (H)

11 Jun

18 Jun v Inverness/Kingussie (H) Strathdearn Cup 2nd Round

25 Jun v Aberdeen University (H)

2 Jul v Lochaber (H)

9 Jul v Lochcarron (H)

16 Jul v Uist, Hebcelt Cup (Glengarry [A] To Be Rearranged)

23 Jul v Boleskine (H)

30 Jul v Inverness (H)

6 Aug

13 Aug v Kilmallie (A)

20 Aug v Strathspey (H)

Three in a Row secured but Uist make the boys work

July 22nd, 2015 No comments

Shinty Callenge Cup

Posted by M+M Morrison Photography on Sunday, 19 July 2015

We thought we might bring you some pics and some info from the HebCelt Cup. It was tremendous occasion with Inverness’ Dougie Rankin refereeing and Uist fielding a strong all-Uist team. Uist started very strongly and made us look like the team who only play together once a year. They even had a chance to take an early lead when Gaga fouled in the box, but Keith Trumisgarry Macdonald fluffed the shot and Duncan rubbed it in with a tremendous goal minutes later.

Uist had another penalty for standing on the ball but again the result was the same and Connor Chalmers’ first goal for the club made it 2-0 just before half-time.

The whole Fichead Bliadhna festival was blessed with good weather and even although it started to drizzle heavily around the hour mark, the Leòdhasach play improved and we took on a semblance of a league side. However, Keith and Neil John Campbell were in great form in the middle, but wing play saw us go close a few times.

Shots from Saturday’s Cup Final

Posted by Camanachd Leòdhais on Monday, 20 July 2015

The match closed out 2-0. It had been an entertaining game for the very many spectators who turned up and it was played in a great spirit, a return to the HebCelt days of old. We look forward to continuing to build links with our friends from the Southern Isles in the coming months.

The trophy was presented to winning captain Will Church by Dòmhnall and Tearlach Barden. These fine young men were apt individuals to present this cup as it was their late father Alasdair who helped bring the sport back to Lewis and Harris in 1995. Their mother Donna was also in attendance and expressed her delight at the progress the sport has made in twenty years.

Thanks to Dougie Rankin for refereeing and as always, the match would not have happened without the hardwork of several individuals within the club, as well as the support of the Hebridean Celtic Festival and Caroline MacLennan and her team. The platform they have allowed shinty over the last 8 years has contributed massively to its growth and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. Congratulations to them on their own 20th anniversary and we look forward to many years of successful partnership to come.

Shinty Callenge Cup

Posted by M+M Morrison Photography on Sunday, 19 July 2015