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Airigh nam Bidearan Stone Row / Alignment
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Airigh Na Beinne Bige Stone Circle
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Airigh Na Beinn Bige Cairns Cairn(s)
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Barraglom Cup Marked Stone
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Bernera Bridge Circle Stone Circle
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Breasclete Chambered Cairn
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Callanish Standing Stones
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Ceann Hulavig Stone Circle
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Cliacabhaigh Standing Stone / Menhir
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Cnoc Ceann a'Gharraidh Stone Circle
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Cnoc Fillibhear Bheag Stone Circle
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Cnoc Sgeir na h-Uidhe Standing Stone / Menhir
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Cùl a'Chleit Standing Stones
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Druim nam Bidearan Standing Stones
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Great Bernera Broch
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Iarsiadar Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Na Dromannan Stone Circle
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Olcote Kerbed Cairn
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Stonefield Standing Stone / Menhir
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Cnoc Dubh


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Olympic Torch

They needed more than one attempt to light it. Nice pic tho.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
11th June 2012ce

Ancient Monument On Street View

Callinish Stones on Google site.

Published 13/03/2010.

More info:
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13th March 2010ce

Scottish government rejects plans for Lewis wind farm

Plans to build one of Europe's largest onshore wind farms in the Outer Hebrides were formally rejected today after Scottish ministers ruled the £500m scheme would devastate a globally significant peatland... continues...
moss Posted by moss
22nd April 2008ce

Prehistoric discovery may delay Lewis development

A Neolithic cairn discovered on Lewis could force a controversial wind-farm plan to be redrawn... continues...
baza Posted by baza
4th August 2006ce
Edited 4th August 2006ce

Quarry discovery may be older than Stonehenge continues...
nickbrand Posted by nickbrand
28th August 2003ce

Ancient Stone Circle Discovered!

Issued 28 August 2003 by BBCi
An ancient stone circle, buried for thousands of years, has been uncovered by archaeologists at a site in the Outer Hebrides. Experts say the discovery is second in importance only to Stonehenge... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
28th August 2003ce
Edited 15th January 2004ce

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A tip that will save you some scornful looks from the inhabitants of Lewis: Callanish is pronounced (at least by the locals) with the emphasis on the first, not the second, syllable (KALL-a-nish, not ca-LAAH-nish). TomBo Posted by TomBo
22nd July 2003ce


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Cinematic Scotland 'Brave' tour of Callanish

A lovely little film of Callanish plus still photos.
tjj Posted by tjj
14th August 2012ce

Am Baile

'Highland history and culture'

7 old drawings/diagrams of the stones
Hob Posted by Hob
11th August 2006ce

Odyssey: Adventures in Archaeology

An interesting page describing the Callanish sites including with history, photos etc.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
2nd July 2004ce
Edited 2nd July 2004ce Calanais and its Environs

This page lists most of the sites that have at one time or another been called Callanish, as well as a few other sites in the area that might be considered part of the group. The list includes alternative site names, grid references and links to some key Web pages about each site.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
18th December 2002ce
Edited 18th May 2006ce

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Callanish (Standing Stones) — Folklore

Slide 34 Circle Of Callernish

At the head of one of the inlets in Loch Benera is a megalithic cruciform, Drudicial circle, called the Circle of Callernish. This Druidicial temple is one of the largest, as well as one of the most complete of its kind in Scotland. The total number of stones, when the temple was complete, was sixty five, of which about forty five are still standing, ranging from sixteen to four feet tall.

In the immediate neighbourhood are several smaller circles, some of them, being as large as fifty feet in diameter. The circle occupies a striking position in an open track of moor, and appears to have been surrounded at a small distance by a trench or ditch, which is now in many places obscured, the sames as at Stenneshouse, Orkney and Stonehenge, England. It is thought by some that these stone circles may have been places of worship, erected by the Norsemen, as in some Northern sagas; the temple of Thor is described as a circular range of upright stones, containing a central stone, called the stone of Thor, where the sacrifices or executions were performed.

Destination St Kilda 'From Oban to Skye and the Outer Hebrides'

George Washington Wilson and Norman MacLeod edited by Mark Butterworth
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
14th February 2017ce

Callanish (Standing Stones) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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14th February 2017ce

Callanish (Standing Stones) — Folklore

The most remarkable Stones for Number, Bigness, and Order, that fell under my Observation, were at the Village of Classerniss; where there are 39 Stones set up 6 or 7 foot high, and 2 foot in breadth each: they are plac'd in form of an Avenue, the breadth of which is 8 foot, and the distance between each Stone six; and there is a Stone set up in the Entrance of this Avenue: at the South end there is join'd to this Range of Stone a Circle of 12 Stones of equal distance and height with the other 39. There is one set up in the Centre of this Circle, which is 13 foot high, and shap'd like the Rudder of a Ship: without this Circle there are 4 stones standing to the West, at the same distance with the Stones in the Circle; and there are 4 Stones set up in the same manner at the South and East sides.

I enquir'd of the Inhabitants what Tradition they had from their Ancestors concerning these Stones; and they told me, it was a Place appointed for Worship in the time of Heathenism, and that the Chief Druid or Priest stood near the big Stone in the center, from whence he address'd himself to the People that surrounded him.
From 'A description of the Western Islands of Scotland' by M. Martin, 2nd edition, 1716.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th December 2016ce

Callanish (Standing Stones) — Images

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14th August 2016ce

Bernera Bridge Circle (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Well, this is a thoroughly argumentative place isn't it.

Follow the road to Bernera, easy enough, when you get to the bridge you should be able to see the stones above and left, park in the ample car park and go up, dead easy.
What isn't dead easy is understanding what on earth is going on.
The big stone you come to first has been set back up in a fairly inappropriate way, the packing stones are free of the ground , cemented together and stained a weird kind of red. But it is the best looking of the three big stones, shiny, swirling, quartzy and pretty. The other two stones aren't quite as pretty but no less impressive in size.
I first walk all around them looking from here and there, near and far, the one conclusion I come up with was I wish I had more time with clearer skies. This is a strange place.
It isn't a stone circle, or even a semi circle.
The other half of the circle cant have fallen into the sea as the outcrop on the other side of the fence is worn smooth over many more thousands of years than the stones have stood here. It can't have gone down there. I think it's three standing stones, which seem to be looking over the edge, to what was ever down there, perhaps a whirlpool, perhaps an ancient bridge, now underwater, perhaps there was nothing of note down there at all and the stones are astronomical in nature, they do describe a crescent, moonish by shape.
Who knows, no one it seems.
And dont get me started with the birthing chair, imagine your a woman and it's time to bring new and precious life into the world, would you sit on a rock above a cliff, outdoors. I know I wouldnt want that, it's just as likely to be a shitting chair, Lewisian gneiss is well known for curing constipation, or perhaps the king of lewis had his scat collcted as it erupted and then sold across the north of Britain as souvinirs.
But what a fantastic place. No where would a time machine come in more handy.
postman Posted by postman
14th August 2016ce

Iarsiadar Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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14th August 2016ce

Bernera Bridge Circle (Stone Circle) — Images

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14th August 2016ce
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