The pastime of shinty has been played in Kingussie for well over one hundred years, with the first recorded Kingussie New Year’s Day game being played at the Dell in January 1867. When shinty became an organised sport during the 1890s, there was a formal club established at Kingussie in 1890.This came about when the one year old Badenoch Shinty Club split in to two clubs, one at Kingussie and one at Newtonmore. The newly formed Kingussie Club played their first match away to Insh (held at Invertromie) in February 1890 and Kingussie won 7-0. In 1890, the first Chieftain of the Kingussie Club was Cluny MacPherson, the first President was Peter MacKenzie (also known as the Count de Serra Largo) and the first captain was Ewen Campbell. The administration of the club was done by John Campbell who went on to be the first secretary of the Camanachd Association.
The Camanachd Association was formed in 1893 and three years later the teams in Scotland competed for the Camanachd Association Challenge Trophy. Kingussie won the first ever Camanachd Cup in a thrilling final at Needlefield Park, Inverness by 2 goals to 0 over Glasgow Cowal. The trophy, made in Edinburgh, turned out to be one of the most beautiful trophies in Scottish Sport and it was presented to the Kingussie Captain William Ross, in the Victoria Hall, Kingussie. Since then Kingussie has won the Camanachd Cup a total of 22 times.
The Dell has always been the home of Kingussie Camanachd Club since the club was formed in 1890 and a historic milestone was reached in the summer of 2010 when the club purchased the pitch and a surrounding car parking area at the Dell. The facilities for the players to change are nearby at the Market Stance where a new club house was built in 1996.
The club had played, and still plays, an integral part in the culture and heritage of Kingussie. There are currently five teams at all age groups. Over the years there have been many highlights since the club was established in 1890 such as victories in all the major shinty trophies at all age levels. No achievements, however, will ever match the 22 Camanachd Cup wins and it is a proud part of Kingussie’s heritage that the player modelled on top of the Camanachd Cup is the Kingussie Captain from 1897 John C Dallas.
In 2005 the Guinness Book of Records described Kingussie as the most successful club team in the world, after Kingussie’s First team had won the league for a record 20 years in a row.