Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis

Ancient history and mysticism beckon at Calanais 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 Calanais 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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  • Remote location but lots of information and a pleasant and easy walk to the stones. Well stocked gift shop and cafe serves excellent food with good views over the mountains and loch.  more »
  • We were here on a cloudy day in the early afternoon and the scale of the place is just fantastic. You get amazing vistas of the landscape all around and you can easily spend an hour wandering between ...  more »
  • Very interesting place. Wet and misty when I was there so not great views, though very atmospheric. Each stone seems to have its own personality - beautiful to look at and touch. Fascinating exhibit on the area and the stones (at a charge) and a lovely cafe.
  • Good site, a bit wet but if you're careful damage minimal. Excellent images to be had at dawn... lost most of mine due to SD card fail. Hope you have better luck. Well worth a visit.
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