The Ardblair Stones are nine reinforced concrete spheres ranging in weight from 18 to 152kg (40 to 335lbs). The stones must be lifted sequentially from lightest to heaviest onto whisky butts. The event is judged on time and number of stones lifted. The heaviest stone weights the equivalent of 152 litres of water – or the average weight of an adult male giant panda!
The Ardblair Stones is a qualifying event for the IHGF International Highland Games Federation Stones of Strength Scottish National Final which attracts strongmen and strongwomen competing at the highest levels nationally and beyond. The top two Scottish men and women from the Ardblair Stones Competition 2019 will automatically qualify for the Final. The winners of the Final will have an all-expenses-paid trip to represent Scotland at the IHGF Stones of Strength World Championships in Fefor, Norway in 2020.
Look out for the Ardblair Stones at the following confirmed events across Scotland:
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