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TITLE
Calanais
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_287_P062
PLACENAME
Calanais
DISTRICT
Lewis
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Uig
DATE OF IMAGE
1890
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31070
KEYWORDS
Calanais
Callanish
standing stones
stones
circles
stone circles
monuments
Lewis
peat
Calanais

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.

This illustration is taken from 'Scenes and Stories from the North of Scotland' by John Sinclair

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Calanais

ROSS: Uig

1890s

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

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

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.<br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from 'Scenes and Stories from the North of Scotland' by John Sinclair