An Aird listed as top 50 sporting venues in UK and Ireland

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The home of Fort William Shinty Club, An Aird, has been listed as one of the best places to watch sport in the UK and Ireland by a national newspaper.

The premier shinty venue was recently named by The Times as one of ‘The 50 Best Places to Watch Sport in the UK and Ireland’.

Spectators at An Aird, the home of Fort William Shinty Club, enjoy dramatic views of Ben Nevis from the main stand. NO F02 An Aird 01

Sports journalist Alasdair Reid, explaining why An Aird deserves to be listed alongside such illustrious venues as St Andrews Old Course and Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium, said that watching a shinty match on the Fort William pitch is ‘a marvellous experience’, owing to its dramatic setting.

He said: ‘Laid out on a reclaimed rubbish tip and surrounded by a retail estate, An Aird, the home of Fort William Shinty Club, might not look too promising on paper. However, the views from its main – well, only – stand are remarkable, as it looks towards the dramatic, mist-shrouded flanks of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.’

An Aird regularly hosts shinty’s blue ribband event, the Camanchd Cup Final, and has previously hosted Scotland v Ireland shinty/hurling international fixtures.