The World Stone Skimming Championships 2019 will take place on Sunday 29 September 2019 on Easdale Island, near Oban in Argyll, Scotland.
The Pre-Skim Party
On the Saturday night before the event, there is the Pre-skim Party in Easdale Island Community Hall where there will be a licensed bar, live music fron None the Wiser. There will be hot dogs and veggie dogs available from 7pm until they are gone.
The readers of the influential travel guide Rough Guide voted Scotland as ‘the most beautiful country in the world’, beating Canada to the number one slot. Kilmartin Glen is “off the beaten track ” it is a place where you can see the beauty of Scotland feel the atmosphere and have the space to enjoy it all.
Its that time of year when bluebells are changing the colour of Kilmartin Glen.
Bluebells spend most of the year as bulbs underground in ancient woodlands, only emerging to flower and leaf from April onwards. This early spring flowering allows them to make the most of the sunlight that is still able to make it to their forest floor habitat and attracts the attention of plenty of pollinating insects. Millions of bulbs may exist in one bluebell wood, causing the blue carpets we so keenly associate with spring, and new plants are sometimes able to split off from these bulbs and grow as clones.
A great local event is the World Stone Skimming contest on Easdale island, this year its on Sunday 23 September 2018, with a restriction on 350 entrants. The event was started in 1983 and resurrected in 1997. 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.
Official Rules of the World Stone Skimming Championships are:
Skimming stones must be no more than 3 inches in diameter and formed naturally of Easdale slate
To qualify, the stone must hit the water 3 times and sink within the designated lane as marked by the buoys
Skims are judged on the distance thrown rather than the number of bounces
Competitors hitting the back wall are entered into a ‘Three Stone Toss-Off’ which is judged by the cumulative distance of their three tie-break throws.
The UK government is looking into booking websites and its about time. In our experience these sites are nothing but ripoffs and we are trying to stay away from them, however there dominance in the market is making it hard to ignore them.
At The Old Manse in Kilmartin we presently do not use Booking.com, Expedia, trip advisor etc we only deal with direct bookings except from our airb&B entry. Air B&B charge us a % so guest coming to us through them are paying 9% more than people who book directly via our website. On trip advisor we now come fairly low on the list of recommended places to stay in Kilmartin, not because of the reviews but because we are not on their booking system and they get no commission from us.
We made enquiries regarding charges from booking.com its 18%, and expedia was 20%, with trip advisor being 21% these fees get added to your bill. The following article explains the situation quite well. article
At the Old Manse our booking system is called Free to Book its a small private company that supplies us with the means of an online calendar that we can show on our website and allow customers to book directly, we pay £1 per booking for this service. We also have an addon app to the system that allows us to take credit and debit cards online and at the the guest house.