Callanish (Calanais), Lewis

Callanish (Calanais), Lewis

The Callanish Standing Stones, West of Stornoway, form one of the most complete stone circles in Britain and are one of the most atmospheric prehistoric sites anywhere. Its ageless mystery, impressive scale and undeniable beauty leave a lasting impression. Sited on a wild and secluded promontory overlooking Loch Roag, 13 large stones of beautifully banded gneiss are arranged, as if in worship, around a 4.5m-tall central monolith. Some 40 smaller stones radiate from the circle in the shape of a cross, with the remains of a chambered tomb at the centre. Dating from 3800 to 5000 years ago, the stones are roughly contemporary with the pyramids of Egypt.

The nearby Calanais Visitor Centre contains a small exhibition that speculates on the origins and purpose of the stones.

Callanish is a must see attraction on your Scotland tours.