Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Callanish, Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), is a village on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, 14 miles West of Stornoway. This township, which contains some interesting survivals of converted blackhouses, or primitive Hebridean dwelling-places, is of major importance as lying adjacent to one of the most perfectly preserved megalithic temples in the United Kingdom. It is believed to have been put up by pre-Celtic Iberians about 3,000 years ago. A circle of tall standing stones surrounds a chambered cairn, which may have been an altar for human sacrifice. It is, however, clear that, whether sacrificial or not, the circle and the altar-like centre were connected with sun-worship. The avenue stretching due South that leads to this circle is 270 yds long.
There is much that is forever hidden in this strange collection of gaunt and large stones. Not the least of its secrets is the question of how these huge blocks, some of them nearly 16 ft high, were transported thither and were set up without mechanical aid. Over the millennia they had sunk partly into the peat. Sir James Matheson caused them to be dug round and cleared of peat in the middle of 19th century. You may see the marks of the peat half way up the taller stones. These standing stones form one of the most impressive remains of remote human prehistory in Scotland. They are finely situated upon a small hill, and strike the eye mysteriously and forbiddingly no matter in what weather one sees them. They have lived enigmatically yet successfully through three millennia of Hebridean storm, sun, rain, and wind.
Nearby islands: Isle of Harris
Nearby towns: Stornoway, Ullapool
Nearby villages: Carloway, Shawbost
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation