Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis

Ancient history and mysticism beckon at Callanish 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 Callanish Standing Stones visit and explore what else you can see and do in Isle of Lewis using our Isle of Lewis travel route builder website .
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  • August 20, 2017
    A short walk up from the parking area and visitor centre gives you remarkable free access to a significant stone circle dating back some 4,000 years to the Neolithic period. It is a privilege to walk ...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    We called into this historic site having visited the Ring of Brodgar in the Orkneys on many occasions as we never tired of this kind of ancient monument. Callanish did not disappoint and we very much ...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Definitely worth visiting this historical site. The views are stunning. FREE ENTRY. There is also a cafe and small shop at the visitors centre. Plenty of parking.  more »
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  • absolutely magical and mysterious place. fascinating to walk around and surround yourself with history, lots of photogenic views to capture. make sure you visit the other two smaller site that are close by while in the area.
  • One of lesser known hidder gems of Scotland. This place offers an amazing experience. Standing on top of the hill, surrounded by such magnificent standing stones , you can feast your eyes on the amazing view of the island, sea and lakes it provides.
  • Visitors center and cafe were great, the stones were being returfed when we visited (April) which took a lot away...
  • An amazing place. We have been here many times and the tranquillity never ceases to amaze me. The café on site is great and the stones themselves are awe-inspiring
  • Awesome. Even the restaurant was very tasty and reasonable on price.

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