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TITLE
Information sign at Calanais stones, Lewis
EXTERNAL ID
HC_PLANNING_01_029_0760
PLACENAME
Callanish
DISTRICT
Lewis
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Uig
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
T. Kenneth MacKenzie
SOURCE
The Highland Council Planning Department
ASSET ID
13693
KEYWORDS
Calanais
Callanish
standing stones
stones
circles
stone circles
monuments
Lewis
peat
Information sign at Calanais stones, Lewis

The area around Calanais, in north-west Lewis in the Western Isles, has over 20 different monuments about 3000-4000 years old. The most famous site is Calanais I which consists of a stone circle with four rows of stones leading away from it: a double row to the north and single rows to the south, east and west. It is thought that some of the stones are significant in the lunar cycle.

The monuments were abandoned as a druidical site in about 800BC and became covered over by peat. The peat was not cleared again until 1857.

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Information sign at Calanais stones, Lewis

ROSS: Uig

1970s

Calanais; Callanish; standing stones; stones; circles; stone circles; monuments; Lewis; peat

The Highland Council Planning Department

The Highland Council Planning Dept

The area around Calanais, in north-west Lewis in the Western Isles, has over 20 different monuments about 3000-4000 years old. The most famous site is Calanais I which consists of a stone circle with four rows of stones leading away from it: a double row to the north and single rows to the south, east and west. It is thought that some of the stones are significant in the lunar cycle.<br /> <br /> The monuments were abandoned as a druidical site in about 800BC and became covered over by peat. The peat was not cleared again until 1857.