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Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis
Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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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There is a special quality about these stones and the how and why they are there. If you can get there when only a few or even better no on is there the experience is much better however it is slightl... read more »
Wir hatten das Glück zwischendurch sogar völlig alleine beim Steinkreis von Callanidh zu sein. Der Steinkreis ist kostenfrei zugänglich , nicht abgesperrt und man kann die Steine sogar berühren! Die S... read more »We were lucky enough to be in between even completely alone at the stone circle of Callanidh. The stone circle is free accessible, not locked and you can even touch the stones! The atmosphere there is very peaceful and great views. There is a visitor centre, shop and Café, toilets and a car park.show original
Atmosfera magica in questo luogo, fortunatamente quando ci sono stata non c'era molta gente. Il silenzio ti permette di godere del mistero affascinante che caratterizza il luogo. Lo consiglio! Uno dei... read more »Magic atmosphere in this place, fortunately when I was there there was not a lot of people. Silence allows you to enjoy the fascinating mystery that characterizes the place. I recommend it! One of the few places like that to have the structure of stems in the shape of a cross.show original
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.
Great stuff. I feel the carpark a bit too close but otherway if must see if u are on the Hebrides!
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.
The most memorable sunset of my life. Such a powerful place!
Amazing to see the Callanish Stones up close on a clear day, would recommend it to anyone visiting Lewis and Harris. Plus there is a little souvenir shop and a little cafe right next to it, with amazing food and the people were so polite. Must visit spot every time I go, been a while since I've been but I remember it perfectly.
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