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The Steens have now been returned to their ancestral home outside the 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 provide evidence of lifting 300kg or more on any kind of lift. Lifting 300kg is not a guarantee of success as the stones are much heavier but it does show that the lifter is competent and is aware of the potential for injury when lifting heavy weights.

Lifters are advised to agree their date from the list of available dates below before making any travel arrangements as the owners are not always able to accomodate requested dates due to work committments etc.

Lifting will normally commence around 4.30pm to allow judges time to get there from work etc.

Available dates for Dinnie Stone Lifts in 2023

(The team will do their best to accomodate everyone's preferred date however, depending on uptake, numbers may have to be capped and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The current limit is 5-6 lifters per session - a reserve list can be considered)

2023 Dates now available. Please see below and make your booking via

Tuesday 6th June 2023 @ 4.30pm

Danny Innes, Donald Vaughan, Joseph Lea, Curt Martin

Tuesday 20th June 2023 @ 4.30pm

Todd Dralle, Sébastien Louvel, David Mills, Austin Seitter, Jules Hobbs

Tuesday 4th July 2023 @ 4.30pm

Fritzel Senauth, Robert Sabo, Chris Mcintosh, Luke Clayton, Jamie Oates, Peter Brook

The Gathering, Sunday 6th August 2023 from 12 noon

All spaces currently filled

Tuesday 22nd August 2023 @ 4.30pm

Riley Anderson, Justin True, Dik Wright, Leif Thomsen, Jacob Shaw

Tuesday 19th September 2023 @ 4.30pm (all spaces currently filled)

Eric Levy, Anthony (AJ) Pearson, Sarah Pearson, Eric Johnson, Ed Reilly, Conor Easterbrook, Dan Fawcett



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


Thine very truly D Dinnie

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