Recognized as "The Nineteenth Century's Greatest Athlete", Donald Dinnie's athletic career spanned over 50 years, and over 11,000 successful competitions.

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The Steens have now been returned to their ancestral home outside the newly refurbished Potarch Cafe & Restaurant, and are available by appointment for lifters wishing to take on the challenges laid down by Donald Dinnie himself in 1860. A set of guidelines have been put in place designed to protect the integrity of the Steens for future generations and the safety of lifters. These guidelines can be downloaded from the links below and we wish you all a successful conclusion to this most excellent test of strength!

In order to set up your attempt you should contact You should give at least one month's notice and provide evidence of lifting 300kg or more on any kind of lift. Lifters are advised to agree their date before making any travel arrangements as the owners are not always able to accomodate requested dates due to work committments etc.

Unfortuanely we cannot currently publish details of upcoming lifts due to Covid restrictions but we will add any successful attempts as normal and hope to be able to publish upcoming lifts soon!

Huge thanks to Brett Nicol, Jim Splaine, Rosemary Splaine and the Ballogie team who give up their time to support and record everyone making their Dinnie Stones attempt.

Click here for a copy of the guidelines for lifting the stones


The Steens were weighed officially by the Aboyne Highland Games Committee in 2014 - Click here for a copy of the Official Certificate

Do you want to start training to take on the Dinnie Stones? If so you'll need a good set of accurate training rings and loading pins to give yourself the best chance of success.

We highly recommend Gordon Ingram at Scottish Stone & Steel. His rings are perfect for your Dinnie Stone training and will give you the tools you need to prepare for a successful attempt. Made in Scotland with the Scottish flag printed on your pins you are immediately connected to the history. Gordon also makes a range of Nicol Walking Stones rings which you can use with your dinnie pins.

You can contact Gordon via his facebook or Instragram by clicking on either of the icons below: Good luck and tell him we sent you ;)

Tel: + 44 7986 165 502


Thine very truly D Dinnie

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