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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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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