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3. Calanais Standing Stones, Lewis

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Calanais standing stones, Lewis

The Isle of Lewis is the largest and most northerly of the Western Isles, and is also the most populous, with most of its 20,000 inhabitants in the crofting and fishing villages along the northwest coast between Calanais and Port Nis. 

This area of Lewis is rich in prehistoric remains.  The enigmatic Standing Stones of Callanais are a complex arrangement of some 50 stones erected between 3000 and 4000 years ago.

Nearby is Calanais Viisitor Centre, which has a small series of displays on the stones and a decent cafe. 

The landscape of Lewis is mostly flat peat bog, but the shoreline is more dramatic, especially around Rubha Robhanais - rough rocks on the island's northernmost tip.

To the south, where Lewis is physically joined with Harris, the land rises to just over 1800 ft, providing a more exhilerating backdrop for the beaches that pepper the west coast.

Calanais Visitor Centre Address:
Calanais Visitor Centre
Isle of Lewis
Western Isles
Scotland, UK

Calanais Visitor Centre Opening Times:
April to September
10.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Saturday
October to March
10.00am - 4.00pm Wednesday to Saturday

Calanais Visitor Centre Admission:

T  +44 (0)1851 621422

F  +44 (0)1851 621446

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