Lifting The Dinnie Stones

by Kilo on September 20, 2010

Donald Dinnie was an incredible strongman. Incredible enough to get the feat of lifting two enormous stones after him. Outside of a hotel in Potarch, Scotland, these two beastly rocks sit there waiting for anyone strong enough to lift them by two metal rings, or foolish enough to think they can.

The smaller stone weighs 340 pounds, and the big one is upwards of 400 pounds. The rings are apparently incredibly painful on the hands. This lift essentially translates into a mega-deadlift with handles that aren’t easy to hold onto.

That said, I’ve been looking for a reason to go to Scotland…

Below is a Dinnie stone lift that looks anything but effortless.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rob September 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Josh, I’m gatecrashing you guys coming to lift stones in Scotland (let me be your friend!). I’ve done the Dinnies a couple o’ times, there’s nothing more akward, if you don’t get them set properly they feel like they’re attached to the ground. I trained using the trap bar and David Horne’s ‘Dinnie Replica’s’ which are highly recommended (only £65). How on Earth Mr Dinnie walked with them I’ll never know! Is it possible? Maybe

Cheers Rob


Kilo September 21, 2010 at 11:00 am

Awesome, Rob. We’ll meet up. I won’t be able to lift them, but maybe I could lift your water bottle for you after you do it.


Kris Wragg November 8, 2010 at 4:33 am

I am currently training for this, it is my longest term goal at the moment. I expect to complete the goal in approximately 5 – 10 years :)

I have David Hornes replica handles, they deal out plenty of punishment on the hands but mine are toughening up quickly. I’ve done about 190kg on them so far, only another 140kg to go :)


will willson December 12, 2011 at 7:13 am

Rob, he never walked with em, its a myth, all the locals will tell you he did but provide nothing in the way of proof, ive lifted em with 56lb blocks tied to em, it is IMPOSSIBLE to walk with em.


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