The pitch dimensions can be up to 155m long by 73m wide. Although some developmental competitions for children and young people take place indoors, or outdoors on artificial surfaces, shinty is primarily an outdoor sport played on a natural grass surface. The playing area is much larger than for other outdoor team sports such football (soccer), rugby or field hockey. Shinty is a sport that is very much a community based sport and as a result home games are mostly played in the local area on pitches that have been developed from ground that may have had a variety of uses before being developed for shinty. This development means that shinty pitches may be of different standards in different parts of the country.
These issues present challenges for the development and maintenance of shinty playing facilities. Because of the large playing area which is fully utilised by only one sport in, sometimes, rural or semi-rural areas, thinking about a move towards, for example, all-weather playing surfaces presents enormous resource challenges. However the weather, particularly in the north and west of Scotland, does present a challenge to maintenance of the natural playing surfaces. Many clubs though have risen to the challenge of developing their facilities. Since the 1970s there has been a significant growth in the number of clubs that have financed and built high-quality changing and club rooms.
The Camanachd Association Facilities Strategy for 2012-22 is available here.
Guidance can be found on the sportscotland pages regarding project design, planning and funding available for new facilities