The Puterach and Pudrac stones


A 94kg replacement stone sits next to its ancient standing stone partner, ready for a traditional lift reminiscent of the modern day Atlas stone load.
The Puterach

Challenge

The challenge is to lift the Puterach (the stone) onto the Pudrac (the plinth).

Loading the Puterach on the eastern side of the Pudrac is traditional. However, it can be lifted from any of the four faces.

This is a very accessible lift for new stone lifters - the relatively light stone, and the well-defined goal of placing the stone on the plinth makes it ideal.

History

The Pudrac has been standing for many hundreds of years. Archaeologists have examined the stone and speculated its purpose. But one thing we know for sure is its use as a plinth for a lifting stone called the Puterach.

The first written reference to the Puterach stone was in 1848, but it was likely used in the 1600's. Making the stone site over 400 years old!

The Puterach was almost definitely a MacGregor stone:

The stone was a test of strength for young men, who had to lift it on to another stone.

Amelia Georgina Murray MacGregor History of Clan Gregor (1898)
There are even MacGregors who were named after the stone.

Unfortunately, the original stone is long gone. It was either thrown in a river, or built into the Manse dyke wall some time in the 1800's. This was done after a minister of the parish declared lifting the stone to be a dangerous pastime after many people were injured from attempting to lift the stone.

Peter Martin found a replacement stone to be used as the new partner for the Pudrac in 2011. It's a local stone that is likely very close to the orginal.

The Puterach is known for being located near Balquhidder and the grave site of Rob Roy MacGregor. It's almost a given that he attempted the Puterach.

Location

The stone and its plinth are on private land, and the owners kindly allow lifters to lift the stone.

The Puterach and Pudrac stones.
The Puterach and Pudrac.

The precise location is on our map.

Attempts

If you - or someone you know - has attempted to lift the Puterach, please send us a link, and we will add your lift to this section on this page. Youtube videos and Instagram posts are both acceptable!

In media

Briefly seen in Stoneland

References

Stonelifting: An Ancient Test of Strength Revived - Martin Jancsics and Dr. Bill Crawford

The Puterach Latest (.pdf) (from oldmanofthestones.com)