Skittles

We have 4 double handed skittles lanes, which are fully automated and maintained in a professional manner. The Skittles lanes use synthetic surfaces thus ensuring there is no danger of getting wood splinters, a hazard still present at some venues with wooden lanes.

Basic and comprehensive rules on the game are available at the kiosk. Please take time to read through these if you are new to skittles.

Members are encouraged to join any of the several adult and / or junior skittles leagues, details of these are posted on the appropriate notice boards. Alternatively please contact Norrie Rudland on 0131 346 0560 (skittles) or Alison Moody on 0131 312 6925 (junior skittles) for further details. Our leagues are always on the lookout for new players of any standard from beginner up to international class. Please note: non-members are not permitted to participate in league sports.

However, you do not need to join a skittles league, as social skittles is actively encouraged in the Club. We run fun tournaments throughout the year and we would love you to participate in these. Details of these events are advertised periodically on the notice boards and on this site.

We also have locker facilities for those members who wish to store their own equipment at the club, though these are generally in short supply. Should you wish to have a locker please contact the Club secretary by email at thesecretary@murrayfieldindoorsportsclub.co.uk or drop a note in the Club's office mail box. If no locker is available your name will be put on the waiting list.

Skittles Prices

  Adult Junior
Tuesday and Wednesday to 5pm £0.50 £0.50
Thursday to 5pm  £1.00 £0.50
Sunday to 5pm           £1.40 £0.50
Non-League after 5pm  £1.40 £0.50
League Games      £1.80  £1.80

History of Double Handed Skittles

The history of Scottish Skittles is less clear than that of tenpin bowling, however it can be traced back to the 16th century and indeed it is reputed to have been played by Kings and noble men of the time.  Not to be confused with English games and table top versions of the same name, Scottish Skittles is played in a similar vein to that of tenpin but with some fundamental differences. The deployment of the ball is by double handed means on a shorter lane, either from a standing position or by launching your body on to the alley and releasing the ball at full stretch towards the pins, as such there is no requirement for finger holes in the ball like there is in tenpin.  The scoring system has varied throughout the ages, but today due to the availability of commercially viable computerised scoring systems we have chosen to adopt the more recognised tenpin form of scoring, thus allowing us to continue the tradition of the game but with the aid of 21st century technology. You just play and enjoy the game without the hassle of someone recording the scores.