Those stones are still on the bridge and I myself lifted one in each hand on many occasions and one market day, I carried them across the bridge and back, some four to five yards - Donald Dinnie.

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Neil 'Nelly' Elliott - At Potarch - 17th December 2016, at The Gathering - 6th August 2017 & at The Gathering II - 5th August 2018

Height - 6' 3"

Weight 125 kg

Age - 45

Unassisted lift

Residence - Glasgow.

Neil successfully hoisted the stones unassisted on Saturday 17th December 2016 at Potarch. His lift was witessed by Brett Nicol, Andy Cairney, Charlie Blair Oliphant, Stephen 'Stainless' Murray, Jim Splaine, Rosemary Splaine, Helen Knowles, Christina Nicol & Malcolm Nicol. Photos courtesy of Jim Splaine

Neil ‘Nelly’ Elliott is a very familiar face on the Highland games circuit and highly accomplished at tossing the caber. Nelly chose to lift the Steens side by side on the day of The Gathering and what a lift he did! This style of lift does not suit many lifters but Nelly stood up straight and held them for ages in an immense display of strength.

Nelly was one of only two guys who attempted to carry the stones at The Gathering II. He made a valliant attempt but a hamstring injury picked up at the Aboyne Games the day before prevented him from achieving his dream on this occasion.


Click here for video of Nelly lifting the Dinnie Stones at The Gathering 2017


Thine very truly D Dinnie

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