Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis

(4.8/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
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. Before you head to Isle of Lewis, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Isle of Lewis trip itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Isle of Lewis has to offer, including Callanish Standing Stones.
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  • The stones are impressive from an historical point of view and interesting to look around. Don't allow too much time to look at the stones but you can have a nice walk around them and the surrounding ...  more »
  • A truly once in a life experience. Mystical, thought provoking. How awesomely strong our ancestors were! Beautiful and peaceful setting with ancient history and a nice warm cup of tea. 
  • This is the real standing stones experience. No ropes, no entrance fees, no trash. I visited at the end of September and had it almost all to myself. Definitely the highlight of the island for me, and...  more »
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  • A somewhat smaller version of Stonehenge, but with the same intriguing question; what was it really for? One programme I saw on Stonehenge spoke of a meeting place for the living, with another similar place nearby, being for the dead. Or was it the other way round? Anyhow, it's very atmospheric and worth a visit if your going to be up this part of the country.
  • What can I say, even in bad weather its a great place. Its got something magical about it and the sense of humour history has is phenomenal, I kind of love that no one knows what the stones are there for, Its a relaxing place, definitely worth a visit if you are on Lewis.
  • Amazing spot with the standing stones, great scenery , a good cafe and gift shop. Good place to spend an hour of two. Take a camera!
  • This almost needs two reviews. The stones themselves are fantastic, especially if you can get there when they aren't busy. Magnificent and mysterious. If you go to Lewis and don't visit Callanish, you have wasted a visit. The visitors centre, on the other hand, is an excuse to peddle over-priced, pseudo-celtic, new age tat to gullible tourists. The attached cafe could be best described as 'meh'. Nothing special, although they do have a decent range of loose leaf teas, which is a bonus.
  • Actually quite hard to express why I liked it. Why would anyone appreciate a bunch of stones sticking out of the ground? It's existential. And beautiful.