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    Found these online, Anyone fancy trying any of these?

    from FOLK-LORE A QUARTERLY REVIEW OF MYTH, TRADITION, INSTITUTION, & CUSTOM BEING The Transactions of the Folk-Lore Society And Incorporating The Archaeological Review and The Folk-Lore Journal
    VOL. XVI. 1905

    The Games of Argyleshire. by R. C. Maclagan

    Three Stones.

    Three small stones were taken in the hand of the first player
    who toed a line, his heels together. Bending down he stretched
    his arm as far as he could without moving his feet at all and
    placed one of the stones on the ground. Rising to his full height,
    his feet still steady, he jumped as far as he could in the line of
    the stone placed and placed the second stone, the same being
    repeated and the third stone placed. Separating the feet, wob-
    bling so as to move from the spot jumped on put the competitor
    out. The one who could reach furthest with three leaps was
    successful. The ground must not be touched by the other hand
    from that which places the stones. It is usual not to place the
    stones at the uttermost stretch on a first trial.

    Leum a Bhradain. (The Salmon's Leap.)

    The performer lay flat down, his feet together, his hands close
    to his side, on the ground. Drawing up the feet and with a
    powerful jerk of the whole body, the upright position had to be
    gained without staggering or stumbling, with no assistance from
    the hands. A successful performance was a veritable salmon's


    The description of the above feat, as seen practised in Uist,
    is as follows :

    The performer stands on one foot on a table, his toe flush
    with the edge. To the toe of the foot on the table he brings
    the heel of the other foot; stooping forward he places one of
    his fists against the toe of the suspended foot and prolongs the
    line of foot and fist with his other hand, the success of the feat
    consisting in retaining his balance. The reciter saw masons
    performing this on the top of a wall. As thus described, the
    performer had the whole length of one foot as a base.

    Picking a pin up by the mouth.

    In Barra a pin is stuck in the ground, and the performer, with
    his or her two hands clasped behind the back, stoops and picks
    up the pin with the teeth. This trick was popular in North
    Argyle in the I edaig district. " The pin was placed upon a
    smooth surface, a broad smooth flagstone, a piece of wood.
    Standing erect the performer placed his hands behind his back
    and stooped until with his teeth he gripped the pin, having to
    lift it from the floor without placing his hands on the floor or
    his feet." He might be allowed to put his hands on his knees,
    but not lower than that. With the description of the trick as
    done in Barra before us, the question was put to our corre-
    spondent, " Was the pin not stuck by the point ? " but the answer
    was quite clear that it was only laid down horizontally. A man
    who had done it in his youth said the hands were put behind
    the back and the legs spread out till the face could reach the

    Standing on one foot to touch the ground with the knee of
    the other leg.

    Standing upright on the left foot, the performer raised the right
    foot backwards, bending the knee and held the toes with his
    right hand. Retaining his hold he had to bend the left knee
    so as to touch the ground with the right and then regain the
    upright position without letting go of the right foot or staggering.