Lewis has become better known through the popular novel, “The Blackhouse”. Much of it is set in Ness at the most northern extremity of Lewis but for something unique in the Western Isles these amazing standing stones are it.
The Callanish Stones, located above the beautiful waters of Loch Roag, are sometimes referred to as the ‘Stonehenge of Scotland.” It is beyond all doubt that the stone circles of Scotland are a sight to behold with the hills of Great Bernera as a stunning background.
They date back nearly 5,000 years. There is a great deal of debate about use but it is thought that they were part of a celestial observatory that used the whole landscape of the area.
No one really knows why the Callanish Stones were built, but there have been many tales created through local folklore. One belief is that the stone circles were giants that were petrified because they refused to convert to Christianity.
Another legend is that on a midsummers morning in the early hours a presence, not of this world, walks the grounds of the area whose appearance is foreshadowed by the sound of a Cuckoo.
- How about visiting the Callanish Standing Stones on a different kind of adventure holiday with a mountain biking journey across The Hebridean Trail?