The visitor guide on Callanish in Outer Herbides has information on and around the place including sleeping and eating, transport, accommodation and hotels.


Five miles south of Dun Chàrlabhaigh is the jewel in the islands' prehistoric crown, the Calanais Standing Stones, which are unique in Scotland and the equal of Stonehenge in historical value. The stones are in a beautiful setting overlooking Loch Roag and are very atmospheric, especially at sunset or at night, when no one's around. They are in the form of a Celtic cross, and in the centre is a circle of 13 stones with a central monolith over 12-ft tall, and a chambered burial cairn. The oldest part of this great ceremonial site - probably the stone circle - dates from around 3,000 BC (older than Stonehenge) and continued in use until about 800 BC. The full significance of the site is not yet known, though it is probably connected to the seasonal cycle, as many of the stones are aligned with the rising and setting moon. There are also a number of smaller and more isolated stone circles a few miles south of Calanais on the road to Gearraidh na h-Aibhne (Garynahine).

Next to the stones is the Calanais Visitor Centre, which features 'The Story of the Stones' exhibition, a restaurant and gift shop. On the other side of the stones is the Blackhouse tearoom and craft shop, run by the MacBears and better value if you fancy a bite to eat. Info Site open daily all year. Apr-Sep 1000-1900; Oct-Mar 1000-1600. Free. Visitor Centre closed Sun. Exhibition: adult £1.75, concession £1.25, children £0.75. Visitor Centre, Tel. 621422,Phone code:44 (0) 1851

Callanish Hotels & Accommodation

If you want to stay near the stones and visit them after dark, there are several inexpensive B&Bs in the village of Calanais, including the friendly E-F Mrs Morrison, 27 Callanish (200 yd from the site), Tel. 621392 (open Mar-Sep). A few miles north, in Tolastadh a' Chaolais (Tolsta Chalois) is the recommended vegetarian B&B E, run by Debbie Nash, 19 Tolsta Chaolais, Tel. 621321. There's also E Aros, Tel. 621266,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., owned by Kate Kirby.


Self Catering Accommodation

Leumadair Guest House : The Guest House has 4 rooms all with en suite facilities; all rooms have views of the Callanish Stones; disabled friendly ; on site parking ; pet friendly.Tel : 0044 (0) 1851 621 706

Eating Out

Aside from the Calanais Visitor Centre or Blackhouse tearoom, places to eat are few and far between, but try Tigh Mealros, a few miles south, at Gearraidh na h-Aibhne, Tel. 621333. They serve good local grub in a cosy, relaxed atmosphere, with scallops a speciality (closes at 2100).

Travel Directions to Callanish

Local buses travel from Stornoway. Contact the tourist office, Tel. 703088, in Stornoway, or the bus station, Tel. 704327, for details. There are also day trips to Calanais with Galson Motors, Tel. 840269, leaving from Stornoway bus station and W. MacDonald, Tel. 706267, leaving from the pier.

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