Celebration of all things Scottish at Aboyne Games

Lord Lieutenant James Ingleby, strongman Mark Felix and Lord Huntly
Lord Lieutenant James Ingleby, strongman Mark Felix and Lord Huntly

Last weekend Aboyne hosted it’s landmark calendar event, he Aboyne Highland Games.

Although a wetter affair than last year, the sound of pipes and drums and enjoyment filed the air as clansmen and women came together to celebrate all things Scottish.

Having run for over 140 years, the Aboyne Games have attracted thousands of visitors to witness the yearly show of Scottish culture in one of the most scenic parts of Scotland.

After a search stretching the globe the Games committee found a strongman worthy of attempting the ultimate strongman challenge - lifting and carrying the world famous Dinnie Stanes at this year’s games,

Strongman and World’s Strongest Man competitor Mark Felix filled the athletic shoes of legendary highland strongman Donald Dinnie taking on the challenge early in the afternoon of August 2.

Originally from Grenada, UK-based Mark has competed nine times at the World’s Strongest Man and is a previous World Record Holder for the IronMind Silver Bullet challenge.

The stones weighing a total of 785lbs. were carried across Potarch Bridge by Donald Dinnie in 1860.

Muscleman Mark carried the stones over a replica of the Potarch Bridge placed in the centre of the Games arena, which was created by pupils from Aboyne Academy.

Ian Scott, chairman of Aboyne Highland Games, says, “Donald Dinnie was a legendary strongman in the 19th century, so it is a fantastic way to celebrate his achievements by inviting another world-class strongman to take on the ‘Dinnie Stanes’.”

John Anderson, Piper photographer of much experience and many years was there on the day.