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world stone skimming championships Easdale Island Scotland

The World Stone Skimming Championships 2016 will take place on Sunday 25 September 2016 on Easdale Island, near Oban in Argyll, Scotland.

2015 logo design
2015 design

Easdale Island

is the smallest permanently inhabited island of the Inner Hebrides. It was once the centre of a thriving Scottish slate mining industry, and one of the disused quarries forms a perfect arena for the World Stone Skimming Championships.

The championships are held every year on the last Sunday in September. Anyone of any age and any level of skill can enter. Each competitor is allowed 3 skims using specially selected Easdale slate skimming stones.

For a skim to qualify the stone must bounce at least three times - it is then judged on the distance achieved before it sinks.

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.


We are now having to restrict the maximum number of entrants to 350. This is simply due to the amount of time that it takes to let everyone have their throw, hold the awards’ ceremony and then ensure people manage off the island whilst the ferry is within its 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.

Registration for the championships takes place at Easdale Island Community Hall from 110.00am until 1.00pm on the day OR when 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 down to the quarry side early to avoid the queues!

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

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.

For live music in 2015 we had Deep Joy. Deep Joy are a 5 piece band specialising in soul, funk and disco from the 60's to the present. Fine gospel tinged vocals, serious bass lines and a tight rhythm section are guaranteed to move you from the ground up and the neck down, meeting somewhere in the middle. The band also played at the quarry-side during the skimming on the following day.


Features of the Championships 2015 included:
  • exclusive 2015 design T-shirts - featuring a new logo design from Easdale Primary School
  • World Stone Skimming Championships hoodies, hats, fleeces, jackets and mugs
  • barbeque - delicious flame-grilled food!
  • Deep Joy acoustic set
  • films for kids in the hall
  • pre-skim party on Saturday 26 September featured Deep Joy.
Three Elvis Presleys 2006
Pink Sheena

For details of the complete results of 2015 please see our results section.

For information on categories and entrance fees please see our about section.

To find out more about the World Stone Skimming Championships please explore the website. If you have any queries and/or comments don't hesitate to contact us.

Hope to see you at the

2016 Championships

on Sunday 25 September 2016.