Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis

Ancient history and mysticism beckon at Calanais Standing Stones, a late Neolithic stone ring. Appreciate this rare opportunity to connect with our remote ancestors and revel in the dramatic backdrop of the brown hills of Great Bernera and Loch Roag’s blue-gray waters. Excavations have revealed that the ring was set up between 2900 and 2600 BCE, and its layout is believed to have an association with astronomical events. Local tradition attributes the stones to giants who lived on the island; refusing to be converted to Christianity by Saint Kieran, they were supposedly turned into stone as punishment. Visit the Calanais Centre for more insights into the stones and their significance. Plan your Calanais Standing Stones visit and explore what else you can see and do in Breasclete using our Breasclete travel route builder website.
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  • Visited today for the 3rd time. Disappointing that this world famous monument is overgrown with grass and looking dishevelled. I realise the covid lock down has impacted on lewis but come on could...  more »
  • An amazing place to visit and absolutely worth a trip. You can stand next to the stones and touch them, such a treat!  more »
  • We were there on a very rainy and cold day in June, but that didn't stop us from exploring these wonderful stones!! These stones are the main reason we decided to visit Isle of Lewis!! The...  more »
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  • Very interesting place. Wet and misty when I was there so not great views, though very atmospheric. Each stone seems to have its own personality - beautiful to look at and touch. Fascinating exhibit on the area and the stones (at a charge) and a lovely cafe.
  • Good site, a bit wet but if you're careful damage minimal. Excellent images to be had at dawn... lost most of mine due to SD card fail. Hope you have better luck. Well worth a visit.
  • Really interesting, why did the stones end up here? Amazing place, not sure about those with bells hugging the rocks but each to their own. Fascinating learning about the early history of humankind.
  • Fantastic place to visit. Think we must have gone on the wettest windiest day this year but hey it was worth it. Also visited a few of the small sites around. Amazing experience
  • The Stones are a pleasure and an enigma as well. Cafe is quite good, gift shop well run. Only one small piece of advice which I passed on to a member of staff, is to always keep toilet accessories well stocked. To me it's a knock on effect to customers, especially our overseas visitors.!

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