Peter Martin reseached natural stone lifting across the globe. However, Scotland and the British Isles received particular attention. He left us a number of articles covering this research. These have been sympathetically updated over the years when additional facts have become available; Such as the exact weights of stones, that were unknown at the time of writing.
Touring set of 9 Stones (18-152kg/40-335lbs )
The Ardblair Stones are nine reinforced concrete spheres ranging in weight from 18-152kg (40-335lbs). The stones must be loaded sequentially from lightest to heaviest onto whisky butts. The event is judged on time and the number of stones lifted.
The are taken to multiple rural fares and competitions throught the year. Best source of reliable information is Ardblair website
and Facebook Page
Blue Stones of Old Dailly
Near Girvan, Ayrshire
These are the most famous lifting stones in Scotland. Drafts of Peter's work cover the Stones in detail. He also determines the exact date Dinnie walked with the stones. He also explored the cultural influences behind why Dinnie lifted the stones
This document was pieced together from email exchanges. It was then followed by contact with a local baillie named Colin Miller.
The area has been searched and stone is not present. The hope is that the stone was stored by the current owners. The area is private land.
Clach neart Glenlivet
130kg/286lb stone. This article is pieced together from emails and personal memories. The first known lifts in modern times were by James Grahame and Martin Jancsics in 2013. This stone MUST BE RETURNED to the plinth to prevent fire damge from burning heather
Glen Quoish (Stone Lifting Site)
Glen Quoish is a short drive from the Inver Stone. It is the location of known historic stone lifts. Peter researches the Large Glen Quoish Stone (approx 180kg/400lb region) and also the Small Glen Quoish Stone (approx 72kg/160lb region) in this article.
Peter did not have an article for this stone and had only begun to research it thoroughly. This document is created from email exchanges with James Grahame. However, it does give the true history of the Stonemason's challenge recently reintroduced at Inverness Highland Games.
The Macgregor stone has only recently come to the awareness of the wider stonelifting comminity. However, it is known to have resided at the hotel since 1934 at the very least. While more details of its history are being investigated, the 132kg/ 290lb sphere is accepting all comers. Specific rules apply.
Peter was actively researching a number of stone on North Uist. He made several productive trips to the Island along with an excellent stonelifter named Alex Roberts. The island is a host a number of traditional stones and an ageing population who are the last of the Gaelic stone-lifters. The stone articles are
Clach ic caoilte stone stone
Also, an overview of the Lifting Stones of North Uist
Puterach and Pudrac Stones
Sadlin Mare of The Sma Glen
ULTACH GHILLE MHOIRE
Island Of Berneray
The "White stone" (aka The Weight/Burden Of Morrison) is located on the Island of Berneray. It was actively being researche by Peter. It is also the birthplace of the giant Scotsman, Angus MacAskill, who spent the first 14 years of his life only half a mile away.
Stone of Lealty
Alness, near Inverness
Stone of Heroes
Peter did not have an article for The Stone of Heroes (132kg / 291lb). This writeup was constructed through a combination of emails and a telephone call between James Grahame and a man who lifted the stone. It also corrects an error in the original Stones Of Strength book, which incorrectly suggested the Stone of Heroes was related to the Dalwhinnie stone.
Stones Of The Southern Highlands
Various Locations in Southern HIghlands
This an early Christmas gift from Peter Martin to all traditional stone lifters that followed his writings. He had gathered together a lot of his research and produced an entire chapter on the Southern Highlands.
This article covers Fianna Stone, Plague Stone, Menzies Stone, Puterach/Pudrac Stones, Abbot Stone, Monachyle Stone, Sadlin Mare,
Ardvorlich Stone, Clach a' bhoisgein amongst others. Interwoven throughout this chapter is the Gaelic strength culture that spawned the desire to lift the stones mentioned above.