Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis

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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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  • Amazing to see all these stones, well worth a visit hopefully on a dry sunny day. When we visited it was pouring rain. Still enjoyed the experience though.  more »
  • This was an incredible experience particularly when accompanied by a knowledgeable archaeologist (Dave's Archaeological Tours)  more »
  • You have to go through the visitor center to reach the standing stones, so remember to grab a souvenir guide book for the history of the place. There is also a cafe to grab a cup of tea and a scone. N...  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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