An Aird one of the best places to watch sport

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.

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 riband event, the Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal, and has pre­vi­ously hosted Scot­land v Ire­land shinty/ hurl­ing in­ter­na­tional fix­tures.

Spec­ta­tors at An Aird, the home of Fort Wil­liam Shinty Club, en­joy dra­matic views of Ben Nevis from the main stand.

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