The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles Sights

Calanais Standing Stones

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

The west coast of Lewis is rich in prehistoric sites, the most famous of which are these impressive stones. Probably positioned in several stages between 3000 BC and 1500 BC, the grouping consists of an avenue of 19 monoliths extending northward from a circle of 13 stones, with other rows leading south, east, and west. Ruins of a cairn sit within the circle on the east side. Researchers believe they may have been used for astronomical observations, but you can create your own explanations. The visitor center has an exhibit on the stones, a gift shop, and a tearoom.

Sight Information


Calanais Visitor Centre, Calanais, Callanish, Western Isles, HS2 9DY, Scotland



Sight Details:

  • £2.50

Published 05/04/2017


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