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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  • The stones are absolutely breathtaking. We went back several times during our stay on Lewis. We saw them at different times of the day, once as the sun was setting. You get a real sense of the history...  more »
  • I went to mid-September. It is already cold. So parking is not crowded. There wasn't a stone as big as I thought, but Holy air is flowing like. Lot lost despite railing against the sheep, so watch out. Grazing and desolate Earth from here, among them black face sheep, really feel that the Scottish landscape in hoootto. It was equipped with visitor centre and Cafe.
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  • The standing stones of Callanish are quite a sight to see and worth the adventure to visit. While the day we visit was quite windy and raining it was still quite breathtaking. The up-side to the bad w...  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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The island's largest town, Stornoway provides an abundance of inns and bed and breakfasts by its small harbor. Stornoway's proximity to the island's airport also makes it a good base for sightseeing. A selection of private vacation rentals lines the island's west coast, but you can also choose to stay on the scenic nearby island of Great Bernera.
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