The Calanais collection of standing stones is one of Scotland’s most magnificent and best preserved Neolithic monuments. It is located on the west coast of Lewis and are known throughout the world. It is a great experience to walk these extraordinary cross shaped stones of over 5000 years ago. England’s famous Stonehenge is more famous than Calanais but Calanais predates it. It was an important place for worship for around 2,000 years. It is not quiet known why these stones were erected but from studies it is observed that it was for astronomical reasons. There is an excellent visitor centre on site with interactive Story of the Stones exhibition, which explores everything about the stones and how they were built and the meaning they have had to people through the centuries. The walk through display has a different range of panels, models and audio visual displays along with a seating area.

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