Welcome to Calanais Standing Stones and Visitor Centre
Bringing 5000 Years of Mystery to Life
Shrouded in mystery, the Calanais Standing Stones have drawn visitors to this ancient and inspiring site in the Outer Hebrides for thousands of years. Overlooking the beautiful Loch Roag above the village of Calanais on the Isle of Lewis, the sacred wonder of the stones offers visitors a rare invitation to reach out and touch the past.
This Neolithic monument, dominated by a dramatic central stone, is the ideal destination for visitors seeking to experience the rich heritage of this iconic site. Enjoy the ancient beauty of the Calanais Stones.
Explore the Inspirational
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Today, these petrified giants offer visitors from around the world a warm welcome. When you arrive at the visitor centre, you can discover the stones at your own pace, learning about their unique history and legacy.
As you explore the mystery surrounding the stones, you’ll find yourself lost in the beautifully preserved landscape of a world-class heritage site. Amid the archaeological treasures and clues to prehistoric life in the Outer Hebrides, you’ll rediscover your sense of wonder as you create your own transformational stories.
A Rich History
for all to Share
A Mission to Protect
The Standing Stones Trust (Urras nan Tursachan) is dedicated to the continued preservation of this iconic stone circle site, aiming to illuminate the past and ensure the future of Calanais. Working with Historic Environment Scotland, the local community and experts in archaeology and archaeoastronomy, we unlock the complex narratives of the landscape and reveal the stories of Calanais’ prehistoric ancestors. In doing so, we protect the area’s cherished Neolithic past and contribute to a flourishing Hebridean present.
A Mission to Protect
The Trust has a mission to research, document and manage the historic environment for the benefit of our visitors, the local community and future generations. You can learn more about our detailed work to uncover the secrets of the stones here.
Be Transformed at Calanais
When you walk amongst the Calanais Stones, the sheer beauty of their positioning within the windswept and wild Isle of Lewis environment is matched by a powerful sense of place and peace. Whether you’re visiting to marvel at their mystery or to deepen your understanding of their archaeological significance, the experience is a truly transformative one.
A Visitor Centre for the Future
CALANAIS WELCOMES YOU
Support our Work
Over the years the Calanais Visitor Centre has been a warm and welcoming place to visit. The centre is currently closed in preparation for redevelopment. We hope to reopen sometime in 2025 with a much improved facility. We understand that this is not an ideal situation, and we genuinely regret any disruption this may cause to your plans. However, we are excited at the prospect of being able to offer all our visitors a much improved experience once the new centre reopens and appreciate your understanding and cooperation during the current limitations.
During the redevelopment Urras nan Tursachan will continue our partnership with Historic Environment Scotland to preserve, document and celebrate this stunning site. Discover how to support the work we’re doing to preserve the beauty and legacy of the Calanais Stones here or find out how others are supporting our important community work by visiting our Stonechat pages.
Come and Join Us
planning your visit to calanais
When you’re ready to discover the magic of the Calanais Standing Stones for yourself, you can click here for the details you’ll need to make your visit a memorable one.
1. The Calanais Visitor Centre is currently closed in preparation for redevelopment with plans to reopen sometime in 2025. During the construction phase there will be limited parking. We apologise for any inconvenience.
2. At some point in Autumn 2024 we expect the stones will be closed to the public as Historic Environment Scotland (HES) plan to do conservation work. As soon as we have been informed by HES, we will publicise these dates on this website and on facebook www.facebook.com/CalanaisStandingStones.
Calanais Visitor centre
Currently closed in preparation for redevelopment and due to reopen sometime in 2025