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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  • We visited on a weekday in November so there were only a few other visitors. The stones were erected about four thousand years ago and to stand beside them with the fields and hills around is a great ...  more »
  • There is something incredible about this place... Is well hidden but when you manage to See whole Picture you Will feel simple magic of this incredible place!  more »
  • Visited these as part of z tour of Lewis, Harris, Benbecula and Skye. Amazing place. Very atmospheric.  more »
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  • The most magical place in the world. We were at Stonehenge and we got impressed but we didn't feel what we felt here. You can walk across the stones, touch them and feel their energy, sit near them and look the amazing landscape... There is no way you can be disappointed! It's not overcrowded like Stonehenge (we were there with 2 or 3 people and then, alone). That silence, the location, the interaction...that's what makes this place magical. Even more, we were so lucky, listening to a girl that was far in other point singing in Gaelic a sort of ancient melody and playing an instrument at the time... We enjoyed that moment as one of the most beautiful and special in our lifes.
  • There may be single standing stones, circles, lines or groups of them. Their dates are mostly from 4000 BC to 1,500 BC. Since Neolithic peoples did not have writing, we know little about their use. It is generally thought they had both practical (meeting place) and ceremonial or religious uses. Pottery that has been found near some of these stones suggest some of them in Europe belonged to the so-called 'Beaker culture'.
  • Beautiful stones to gaze at, mainly due to the different coloured veins running through the stones. It is an impressive site and you do wonder what significance it had all those years ago.
  • Recently visited. Out of season on a Sunday so the tourist office was closed but the toilets are still open! However it was amazing to walk up to and see the Stones. Great to read and learn about them all too. We also walked and saw the other two sites which I'd recommend too. Overall we really enjoyed it and definitely worth a visit.
  • Fascinating place. Very windy but great to walk in and around the stones. Excellent cafe and lovely staff
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