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Callanish (Calanais) Standing Stones, Outer Hebrides...

On the edge of the western coastline of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, stands one of the most dramatic Neolithic monuments in Scotland. With their origins around 4500 to 5000 years old, these ancient standing stones have witnessed countless changes in the people and the landscape around them.

They can be found on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the village of Carloway (known in Gaelic as Calanais). The main stone complex contains around 50 stones in a cross-shaped setting. The impressive inner circle comprises of 13 stones, the tallest of which is 4m high, and a small chambered cairn.

Callanish Standing Stones

What their purpose and use was is lost to us but many adhere to the belief that they were used in rituals relating to the moon, stars and the position of the distant hills. The Callanish Stones visitors centre is nearby and provides a welcome stop for those visiting the stones, with a small cafe, local gallery and gift shop.

For a private tour from Inverness to the Callanish Standing Stones - 3 Day Outer Hebrides Tour

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