This is the famous Eilan, home of Newtonmore Camanachd Club. Camanachd or shinty, the ancient game of the Highlanders, has been played here since time immemorial.
Eilan comes from the Gaelic word for island: this area originally lay between two branches of the river Calder.
Shinty plays a very important role in the life of local communities. Newtonmore is one of the most successful shinty clubs in Scotland. They have won the national championship, the Camanachd Cup, on thirty occasions, starting in 1907.
A history of shinty in the area has recently been published: The Caman is Their Pastime from the Cradle to their Graves: Shinty in Badenoch and Strathspey 1747-1939 by Rosemary M Gibson. It is available from local shops and the Newtonmore Camanachd Club website http://www.newtonmoreshinty.com/ on which you will also find more information on shinty and a fixture list.
You can see shinty games here on most Saturday afternoons from March to October. The Eilan is also the venue for the Newtonmore Highland Games, held on the first Saturday in August.
Newtonmore Camanachd Club website: http://www.newtonmoreshinty.com/