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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  • Very cool site to see in person. If you're an Outlander fan, this is a must. We went twice during our trip, and both times, we were the only ones there. Nice little café and gift shop as well.  more »
  • Well worth a visit and way better than Stonehenge as you can still walk around the stones. Everyone was really respectful of the place and it wasn't crowded at all when we went in August. We came from...  more »
  • An amazing and historic sight, with wonderful views; well worth the visit. In addition, the Visitors' Centre is particularly good, with a nice cafe and a shop with wonderful local craft and produce. A...  more »
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  • Probably my favorite spot on our trip to Scotland. No one knows what these stones symbolize or what they were used for, they date back 5000 or so years ago and are still standing. It has an otherworldly feeling, maybe just because it's rare to be able to experience something so very old. But I wouldn't doubt this place has a very spiritual past and presence.
  • Older than Stonehenge and more accessible. Great sense of history, try to wait until some of the tour busses leave, can be a bit crowded but worth the effort. Respect the site and don't lean against, rub or touch the stones.
  • One of the must-see places when visiting Hebrides! The history of the stones is interesting. Plus a great eating place. Definitely worth a visit.
  • So atmospheric! If you are interested in ancient archaeology you must see the stones. But beware the midges, they'll eat you alive!
  • Such a spiritual place. Wow! Best first thing at sunrise when nobody else about. There are THREE stone circles in the same area...so visit all three.

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