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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Callanish Alternative Name: Calanais, Calanis Visitor Centre
Country: Scotland County: Isle of Lewis Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Stornoway  Nearest Village: Callanish
Map Ref: NB2129833013  Landranger Map Number: 8
Latitude: 58.197535N  Longitude: 6.745138W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
5 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
5 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
4 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
5

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RalphTuttle visited on 24th Jul 2019 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 4

markhewins visited on 1st Jul 2016 Super blustery day. Too many people tho'. We'' be back in the camper van in the winter.

SandyG visited on 29th Aug 2014 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 5

foxhat visited on 1st Jul 2010 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 4 Atmospheric. I suspect the avenues weren't just a processionary route. Their interaction with the circle stones suggest weaving in and out rather than a direct route to the centre.

jeffrep visited on 25th Aug 2007 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 4

BolshieBoris visited on 1st Jul 2004 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 5

smparry123 visited - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 5

kith visited - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 4

rrmoser visited Major site amazing. go early or late

psalmster Bladup PAB Andy B AngieLake mrcrow MegalithJunkie have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 4.57 Ambience: 5 Access: 4.43

Callanish I
Callanish I submitted by terryj : During the hour or so we were at callanish, the weather changed from bright sunshine to heavy rain to hail, and then back to sunshine with a beutiful rainbow. Photo by Terry Grace (Vote or comment on this photo)
Callanish, or Calanis is an amazing group of stone circles, avenues and other standing stones on the Isle of Lewis. We have many photos of each site, including exclusive aerial views. See below and on the individual site pages linked for more detail of the various component sites.

The Calanis Visitor Centre is at calanais.org

See also our pages on the Lunar Standstill 2006.

An unusual aerial view of Callanish I from the south, showing the small hilltop which overlooks the stones. A low level Kite Aerial Photograph by Hamish Fenton, see further down the page

Note: For Scottish Archaeology month, two talks coming up at Callanish - Alison Sheridan: Calanais in Context: new light on a ceremonial landscape in Lewis, 15th September and Mike Copper: Sunken Treasures: Making Sense of Hebridean Neolithic Pottery, 22nd Sept. Details in the comments on our page
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Callanish I
Callanish I submitted by drolaf : Callanais 1 from the road to Callanais 2 showing position on hill. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Callanish I
Callanish I submitted by drolaf : The stone at the end of the eastern arm is of much quartz (Vote or comment on this photo)

Callanish infra
Callanish infra submitted by icpictures : Callanish Stone Circle in Infrared taken September 2023. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Callanish 1 infra
Callanish 1 infra submitted by icpictures (Vote or comment on this photo)

Callanish 2 infra
Callanish 2 infra submitted by icpictures : Callanish 2 Stone Circle in infrared taken September 2023. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Callanish 3 infra
Callanish 3 infra submitted by icpictures : Callanish 3 in infrared taken in September 2023.

Callanish II
Callanish II submitted by HarryRocks : Callanish II Taken on my pilgrimage from Dartmoor to the Outer Hebrides. May 2023 (1 comment)

Callanish
Callanish submitted by HarryRocks : Callanish, taken on my pilgrimage from Dartmoor to the Outer Hebrides. May 2023

Callanish III stone with hornblende
Callanish III stone with hornblende submitted by AngieLake : Callanish 3 (Cnoc Fillibhir Bheag) NB225327. Summer view. Callanish 3 is a beautifully situated circle - especially on a fine day, like this was in summer 2001. This is one of the interesting swirly-grey gneiss stones of that circle, with a large - and maybe significant - circle of black hornblende on its (northern?) side. On the reverse of this photo I had recorded that it stood approximately SE ... (2 comments)

Callanish 7
Callanish 7 submitted by markj99 : Corbelled Roof of Callanish VII Shieling Hut. (03.07.11)

Callanish 7
Callanish 7 submitted by markj99 : Callanish VII Shieling Hut. (03.07.11)

Callanish 7
Callanish 7 submitted by markj99

Callanish 2
Callanish 2 submitted by PERKYPUFFIN : Part of Callanish ll , this stone is like a hooded figure looking across the valley directly to the main Callanish l site that is on the skyline mid picture. Snowing lightly on 16th Jan 2023.

Callanish
Callanish submitted by karolus : September 2022

Callanish
Callanish submitted by karolus

Callanish 3
Callanish 3 submitted by karolus

Callanish 4
Callanish 4 submitted by karolus : Callanish 4 September 2022

Callanish 3
Callanish 3 submitted by Andy B : Bruce Adams, one of our members since 2012, sadly died last month - he had motor neurone disease. Bruce wrote: "Over the years I have assembled albums recording my visits to stone circles and related sites. I would very much like to pass these on to someone who will appreciate them. I am not asking for payment and only have a desire to see them go to a good home. I would rather not see them broken...

Callanish 2
Callanish 2 submitted by Andy B

Callanish I
Callanish I submitted by Andy B : Bruce Adams: "Other alignments considered are the equinoxes. A group of five rocks at the southern end of Callanish could well have been where the equinoxes were observed. The five rocks are outside of the fenced area and do not look significant to the casual observer but perhaps they were the initial reason why the stones become a later addition. In the inner circ|e stone 45 bears on image of a m...

Callanish I
Callanish I submitted by Andy B : Bruce Adams, one of our members since 2012, sadly died last month - he had motor neurone disease. Bruce wrote: "Over the years I have assembled albums recording my visits to stone circles and related sites. I would very much like to pass these on to someone who will appreciate them. I am not asking for payment and only have a desire to see them go to a good home. I would rather not see them broke...

Callanish I
Callanish I submitted by Andy B

Callanish I
Callanish I submitted by Andy B

Callanish
Callanish submitted by ericgrindle : Callanish Sunset (1 comment)

Callanish
Callanish submitted by ericgrindle : The sun going down on the Callanish stones (1 comment)

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 13m WSW 247° Callanish I* Stone Circle (NB2128633009)
 507m ENE 76° Callanish 19* Stone Circle (NB218331)
 785m N 356° Callanish 16* Standing Stone (Menhir) (NB213338)
 995m ESE 110° Callanish 2* Stone Circle (NB2221432614)
 1.0km ESE 116° Loch Roag Timber Circle (NB222325)
 1.1km N 6° Callanish 13* Standing Stones (NB215341)
 1.2km E 100° Callanish 3* Stone Circle (NB2251532710)
 1.5km E 90° Callanish 14* Standing Stone (Menhir) (NB228329)
 1.7km ESE 120° Cnoc Fillibhir Mhor* Stone Row / Alignment (NB22683207)
 1.8km ENE 66° Callanish 10* Stone Circle (NB22973362)
 1.8km NNE 12° Olcote Kerbed Cairn* Cairn (NB2179634733)
 2.0km N 3° Callanish 12* Standing Stone (Menhir) (NB2155634967)
 2.5km N 351° Cnoc a Phrionnsa* Chambered Cairn (NB211355)
 2.6km ESE 109° Callanish 17* Stone Circle (NB237320)
 2.8km NNE 15° Callanish 11* Standing Stone (Menhir) (NB22233569)
 3.1km SE 143° Callanish 4* Stone Circle (NB2298830412)
 3.4km SE 142° Callanish 7* Ancient Mine, Quarry or other Industry (NB232302)
 3.8km SE 142° Callanish 5* Stone Row / Alignment (NB23432990)
 3.9km SE 145° Callanish 9* Standing Stones (NB233297)
 3.9km WNW 288° Callanish 15* Standing Stone (Menhir) (NB177345)
 4.3km SE 125° Callanish 6* Standing Stones (NB24653034)
 4.7km WNW 282° Dun Barraglom Broch or Nuraghe (NB16773435)
 4.8km WNW 282° Barraglom Cup-Marked Rock Rock Art (NB167343)
 4.9km SE 137° Callanish 18* Standing Stone (Menhir) (NB24402923)
 4.9km W 278° Callanish 8A* Standing Stone (Menhir) (NB165340)
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Calanais in Context: new light on a ceremonial landscape in Lewis, 15th Sept 2022 by Andy B on Thursday, 25 August 2022
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Calanais Visitor Centre, Calanais, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9DY
15th September 2022 @ 7:30pm

Lecture by eminent prehistorian, Dr Alison Sheridan. The world-famous and awe-inspiring Calanais Stones attract 150,000 visitors each year, many of whom believe the site to be steeped in mystery. This lecture will demystify this complex monument, explaining what it is, what parts were built when, why it was built, and how it was used. It will also set the monument within its broader archaeological context, highlighting the amazing journeys made by its builders and users nearly 5000 years ago.

https://www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk/event/calanais-in-context-new-light-on-a-ceremonial-landscape-in-lewis/
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    Re: Calanais in Context: new light on a ceremonial landscape in Lewis, 15th Sept 2022 by Andy B on Thursday, 25 August 2022
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    If you can't make it to Lewis they have posted a Zoom version of this talk from Dr Alison:
    New light on a ceremonial landscape.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v3NUpG8mXQ

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    Re: Calanais in Context: new light on a ceremonial landscape in Lewis, 15th Sept 2022 by AngieLake on Friday, 26 August 2022
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    Attn Andy B: Noticed Calanais is spelled Calanis twice in intro at top of site page. Is that another spelling? When I went in 2001 it was Calanais.
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Talk: Sunken Treasures: Making Sense of Hebridean Neolithic Pottery, 22nd Sept 2022 by Andy B on Thursday, 25 August 2022
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Calanais Visitor Centre, Calanais, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9DY
22nd September 2022 @ 7:30pm

Lecture by Dr Mike Copper. The recent discovery across the Outer Hebrides of a series of artificial islets whose origins date to the 4th millennium BC has fascinated and intrigued archaeologists. Of particular interest are the large assemblages of well-made and elaborately decorated pottery recovered from the loch beds around the islets as well as on some of the islets themselves. This lecture gives the low-down on this pottery.

https://calanais.org/

More at: https://www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk/event/sunken-treasures-making-sense-of-hebridean-neolithic-pottery/

Part of Scottish Archaeology Month 2022
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Re: Callanish features in Call the Midwife Christmas Special 2019 by AngieLake on Sunday, 29 December 2019
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I missed 'Call the Midwife' on Christmas Day so watched it on i-Player tonight.
The episode was set in Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, so for anyone who hasn't visited the island it provides some good shots of the landscape, and also features the beautiful stones of Callanish (1) near the end of the episode.
Look at approx 1 hr 18 minutes.
One of the nuns is featured walking inside the circle and touching a stone, before she sees a white stag... then the other two (Jenny Agutter and Miriam Margolyes) catch up with her. According to the following item online, it was pouring with rain when they filmed there! What a shame for them.
I googled for further info and found this item:
https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2019-12-25/call-the-midwife-2019-christmas-special-filming-locations/
I was so lucky on the one occasion I'd visited the circle, in 2001, to have good weather during the afternoon, and again at midnight in the circle on my own.
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Re: Callanish by Andy B on Wednesday, 09 May 2018
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Interesting bit about the naming:

Although the Callanish Stones in Lewis, are often referred to as Clachan Chalanais, the correct term (and the one found on signs) is actually Tursachan Chalanais – pronounced Toor-sakh-khan Khalanish.

Over the years, there have been various attempts to explain the meaning of Tursa in this context. Theories ranged from theorising that since the stone circle was a solemn place it must be related to tùrsach, meaning sad. Others attempted to link it to the word turas, meaning journey, because pilgrims might travel there. Scholars believe it is related to the Old Norse word Tursa, which meant giant, because the stones, especially the central ones, do tower over people. The current Gaelic name of Calanais is much more recent than the stones themselves.

More at
http://caledonianmercury.com/2010/11/08/useful-gaelic-word-clach/0011755
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Re: Callanish by Scotaviaimages on Sunday, 01 September 2013
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There could be an alternative place for visitors soon,the Blackhouse with the damaged roof just by the stones is up for sale. That would be an incredible place to live in. http://www.western-isles-properties.co.uk/property.php?id=641
You can see it in my aerial view which i am posting today.
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Major refurb for Callanish Visitor Centre by Andy B on Monday, 10 May 2010
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A MAJOR increase in visitor numbers to the Calanais Visitor Centre on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis has led to an upgrade of its facilities.

Work has been completed this week to extend the kitchen and restaurant area at the centre which is owned by the Urras nan Tursachan social enterprise and is situated near the world famous Calanais Standing Stones where it provides an exhibition, a gift shop and a cafeteria.

More at
http://www.stornowaygazette.co.uk/news/Major-refurb-for-Callanish-Visitor.6273640.jp
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Visits to Calanais Standing Stones on Lewis rising by Andy B on Monday, 10 May 2010
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A scheme offering lower fares on ferry routes to the Western Isles has been suggested as a reason for more visits to the Calanais Standing Stones.

The rise has led to an £85,050 expansion of the visitor centre near the 5,000-year-old site on Lewis.

Manager Angus Alex Mackenzie said 26,000 people came visited the site from April 2008 to March 2009 - about 40% more than the previous 12 months.

He said the rise followed the start of the road equivalent tariff (RET).

Launched in 2008, the Scottish government scheme bases the cost of travelling on the equivalent distance by road.

Western Isles council - Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - and Highlands and Islands Enterprise have contributed towards the costs of upgrading the centre.

Work on extending the kitchen and restaurant has been completed as part of a wider expansion of the building.

Source:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/8661782.stm
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Re: Web-Cams at Calanais, Lewis, Scotland by cerrig on Tuesday, 16 March 2010
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    Re: Web-Cams at Calanais, Lewis, Scotland by Andy B on Tuesday, 16 March 2010
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    Beautiful day for it too. They went to Orkney, I hadn't checked Lewis, excellent (he said strictly impartially)
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Web-Cams at Calanais, Lewis, Scotland by Anonymous on Sunday, 23 October 2005

A pilot is running from Oct. 20 until Oct. 26th 2005 from Callanish I,
to catch the near northern major standstill event (moon set) with cam2.
Watch say between 12:00 and 15:30 GMT (varies over the days)

http://www.iol.ie/~geniet/callanish/
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Re: Callanish by Anonymous on Monday, 16 August 2004
100% better than glastonbury, if you are a fan of circles, then this can't be missed, you haven't lived until you have experienced callanish, the area is full of megalithic sites, truly awesome
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