This is a new travelogue of a recent trip to Bulgaria. Starting in Sofia, it features several places of interest, and then details day trips to Melnek, Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa.
The World Stone Skimming Championship is an annual event that takes place on Easdale Island, in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland – a lovely part of the world. It’s an absolute hoot! Much fun and entertainment. Everyone is so friendly and it’s impossible not to have a good time. The event is great fun for all ages, with many children also taking part. My video above shows some of what happened during the 2019 Championships, which took place on 29th September.
The rules are fairly simple. Stones used for skimming must be formed Easdale slate and be not more than 3 inches at its widest point. Each contestant has 3 skims per session. The stone must bounce on the surface of the water no less than 2 times before being considered a valid skim, and must sink between the designated area. Essentially, everyone is trying to skim the furthest distance, and if you reach the ‘back wall’ you will get through to the ‘Toss-off’ final.
The 2019 men’s champion was Peter Szep, from Hungary. The women’s champion was Christina Bowen-Bravery, who is shown in my video.
A five day trip to the Isle of Barra, September 2019. Kayaking around Bàgh Bhreibhig. Cycling to Vatersay. Barra Airport.