Lonely Planet Writer

In Pictures: World Stone Skimming Championships in Scotland

Some of the best stone skimmers in the world travelled to the remote island of Easdale in Scotland this week to take part in the World Stone Skimming Championships.

Stone Skimming Championships
Competitors compete in the World Stone Skimming Championships, held on Easdale Island. Image by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

First started in 1984 by Albert Baker, this year’s championship saw competitors from places such as Holland, Wales, Switzerland, Scotland and USA taking part in the annual event. Easdale Island is the smallest inhabited island of the Inner Hebrides in Scotland and the event attracts over 300 people from all over the world every year.

Competitors select their stones for the event.
Competitors select their stones for the event. Image by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Official rules of the competition state that the stones used must be no more than 3 inches in diameter and formed naturally of Easdale slate. To qualify, the stone must bounce no less than three times and stay within the designated lane marked out by the buoys. Skims are judged on the distance thrown rather than the number of bounces.

A competitor dressed as Pikachu competes in the World Stone Skimming Championships.
A competitor dressed as Pikachu competes in the World Stone Skimming Championships. Image by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Many people taking part did so in colourful and unique outfits, with a team of Pikachus even taking part in front of a delighted audience.

A competitor prepares to take her turn.
A competitor prepares to take her turn. Image by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
A team in costume hope to make a splash at the championships.
A team in costume hope to make a splash at the championships. Image by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The competition is split into different groups, with ladies, men, junior boy and girls and an under 10s boys and girls categories. The winner of the men’s event was Dougie Isaacs from Scotland, who skimmed his way to victory with a 61-metre effort, while Lucy Wood from England took the top prize in the women’s heat by skimming a stone 40-metres.