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.

Click here for a copy of the guidelines


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. Click below for a link to the most accurate set around from Alan Hale at Killer Strength Scotland or email him at:

Thine very truly D Dinnie

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