Calanais Standing Stones
Our Future Depends
on Your Support
The Calanais Standing Stones & Visitor Centre is a non-profit organisation that relies on public support. We are dedicated to the preservation and celebration of this extraordinary archaeological legacy, working hand in hand with a wide range of local and national stakeholders, community members and experts.
But our most important partner is you.
Without the donations and voluntary contributions of our friends and visitors, we would not be able to continue our important work, operate our Visitor Centre as a vital community hub, or develop our ambitious Calanais 2025 plans.
Here’s how you can help support us as we continue to reveal the compelling stories of the Calanais landscape and the people who have shaped it throughout history.
Support us in Person
The best way to support our ongoing work is to come and visit us. You can complement your visit to the Calanais Standing Stones by booking your place in our Story of the Stones exhibition here. Every penny of the ticket price goes straight back in to managing the Visitor Centre and developing our community projects.
You can also visit our Gift Shop while you’re here. It’s the perfect place to find the ideal gift; from locally crafted jewellery to our informative Guide Book, it’s the ideal way to pick up a souvenir and support our preservation work at the same time. You can shop online here if you’d like to support us in advance of your visit.
Don’t forget that you can enjoy some of the Isle of Lewis’ finest produce in our Visitor Centre Café. What better way to support our work than by enjoying a cup of coffee and a slice of delicious cake?
Become a Friend
If you’d like to play a more active role in our future projects, then why not become a Friend of Calanais? Open to all residents of the Outer Hebrides, the Friends scheme is a great way to engage with members of the community who are passionate about our archaeological heritage, and to stay in touch with all the exciting developments at Calanais.
Friends have free access to the Story of the Stones exhibition, as well as a 10% discount in the Visitor Centre Café. You’ll also receive our monthly newsletter, outlining our events programme and keeping you up to date with all our upcoming changes.
Why not contact us and become a Friend of Calanais today?
Donate to an Important Cause
Our research into the extraordinary ways in which the Calanais landscape has been transformed over thousands of years is vital to gaining a better understanding of this ancient and mysterious site. From the analysis of recent archaeological finds to new initiatives like our Year of Coasts and Waters project, it is the research initiatives the Trust supports that allows us to preserve this site for future generations to understand and enjoy.
Every time we receive a donation, big or small, it helps us to continue our important research and realise our mission to cherish our Neolithic past in a way that allows our contemporary community to flourish.
From a single donation to regular support, if you’d like to discover how you can donate to our work, please contact us here.
Play an Active Role
Volunteer at the Visitor Centre
Our friendly team enjoys welcoming visitors from around the world. When it comes to answering visitor’s questions in the Story of the Stones exhibition, we rely on our wonderful volunteers make each trip to the stones a truly memorable one for our guests.
Whether you’re keen to share your passion for the Neolithic history of the Outer Hebrides, or to help with the important administrative tasks that keep our Visitor Centre running, you’d be very welcome to join our friendly team.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this unique site and work alongside respected experts in the archaeology and heritage of the Outer Hebrides. If you’re keen to deepen your understanding of the tourism and charity sectors, or want more experience in retail or catering, you couldn’t ask for a more stunning environment in which to learn.
Contact us today and discover how you can volunteer.
We run regular outreach projects within our local community. These are a wonderful way to celebrate and protect the Calanais environment, but also a great way to create lasting local relationships and contribute to the local economy.
To find out more about our current initiatives, click here or visit our community page.
Support our Exciting Initiative
This transformative and important project is central to the Trust’s ambition to dramatically enhance the visitor experience at Calanais. A significant new extension to the existing farmhouse will increase retail and cafe provision whilst creating a ‘shop window’ through which visitors can fully explore the site.
An interpretation area will house a new and dynamic introduction to the stones, before visitors are invited to step back into the past and immerse themselves in the Neolithic period throughout the remainder of the exhibition and out onto the site itself.
The final section of the exhibition will focus in on the story of the stones and will include a dramatic, immersive AV experience, complementing the visitors’ own personal encounters with the site.
You can find out more about how to support this exciting initiative here.
Explore the stones in person
Pre-booking essential for groups.