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WORLD STONE SKIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Easdale Island

The World Stone Skimming Championships 2018 will take place on Sunday 23 September 2018 on Easdale Island, near Oban in Argyll, Scotland.

Registration

WHERE: Easdale Island Community Hall
WHEN: 10.00am until 1.00pm on the day, OR until we reach a total of 350 entrants.

If you would like to compete just turn up as there are no qualifying rounds. The competition starts at 12 noon - get to the quarry side early to avoid the queues!

We now have to restrict the maximum number of entrants to 350.

This is simply due to the time taken to let everyone compete, hold the awards ceremony and then ensure people can leave the island during ferry operating hours.

We will do all we can to ensure that people are made aware when the maximum number of entrants has been reached. The organisers very much regret any inconvenience that this may cause.

For the full competition rules, categories and entrance fees, please see our about section.

T-shirt designs

The t-shirt logos were designed by Easdale School pupils and shirts bearing these designs will be available on the day. We also have a range of generic goodies for you to choose from including jackets, hoodies, t-shirts, hats and mugs.

The Pre-Skim Party

On the Saturday night before the event, come and warm up at the Pre-skim Party in Easdale Island Community Hall where there will be a licensed bar, live music, and where children are most welcome. There will be a BBQ running between 7-9pm.

Return ferries run after the show at 11pm and midnight.

For live music in 2018 we have "foot-stomping folk tunes" from Sheelanagig.

For live music in 2018 we have "foot-stomping folk tunes" from Sheelanagig.

"High octane stuff…Would liven any party and keep the floor full" – fRoots

Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.

Putting the groove into a selection of traditional and original European Folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you're within earshot of them in full flight.

Origins

The World Stone Skimming Championships were started in 1983 by Albert Baker, and then lay fallow until they were resurrected in 1997 by Eilean Eisdeal (The Easdale Island Community Development Group) as a fundraising event. Contestants hail from around the world and the championships now attract over 300 participants and many spectators. Anyone of any age and any level of skill can enter the championships.

Press coverage

Press interest in the the World Stone Skimming Championships is increasing every year, and the event has been covered by the following: Lonely Planet; Oban Times; The Independent; The Scotsman; The Times; The Sunday Times; The Glasgow Herald; The Press and Journal; The Daily Record; The Daily Mail; The Sun and The Drogheda Independent. Articles have also appeared in Coast Magazine as well as Scottish Islands Explorer.

Features have also appeared on BBC TV’s Blue Peter, Coast and The One Show; STV’s The Hour; BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio Scotland, Radio 5 Live; Gaelic Television news; Scottish Television; BBC Scotland television; CBBC Newsround, Channel 4 Big Breakfast and Peanut Gallery radio show on the Australian Triple M Network.