Visit The
Calanais Standing Stones

Bring the Mystery to Life

Visiting the Calanais Standing Stones is an extraordinary experience. With so much of the mystery and archaeology of the Western Isles at your fingertips, you’ll want to make the most of your visit to one of Scotland’s best preserved prehistoric monuments.

  • star rating  Their layout is unique. Hence not called a stone circle. Everyone and we mean everyone will at some point visit this site so get here early before the coach trips... read more

    avatar thumb Ali921
    September 23, 2021

    star rating  This is very accessible site, not involving any serious hike or walk. The access was free of charge as well as the parking although it charges a few pounds... read more

    vrkung
    September 5, 2021

    star rating  We arrived here around 10.30am on a sunday and the car park was almost full, it is a very small carpark and definitely not suitable for larger vehicles.
    The stones... read more

    Scottish-Hidden-Gems
    September 23, 2021
  • star rating  I felt the stones were ok but I was expecting them to be lit up with lasers or something. Plus in today's modern age there should be speakers on... read more

    avatar thumb SpaceRider
    August 18, 2021

    star rating  We came on a Sunday - still a few people milling around but we took some great photos sans tourists. No gift shop open but there were toilets and plenty... read more

    avatar thumb Charleygirl76
    October 10, 2021

    star rating  Step back in time (almost)
    Great experience fantastic to see the stones.
    A real feel of time gone by

    wilma h
    June 5, 2022
  • star rating  We drove a 51 mile circuit from our Stornoway B&B focusing on 3 of these stone circles used as the basis for the TV series, Outlander.
    The Callanish Stones... read more

    Gene R J
    May 22, 2022

    star rating  Their layout is unique. Hence not called a stone circle. Everyone and we mean everyone will at some point visit this site so get here early before the coach trips... read more

    Ali921
    September 24, 2021

    star rating  Very atmospheric and a must see if in this part of Scotland. Not too busy when we visited (in October) so ambience not lost in a jumble of people all... read more

    avatar thumb Conrad N
    October 28, 2021
  • star rating  I was very impressed by the stones when I visited it during noon period with bright blue sky. Although it was not extremely crowded but taking a picture without someone... read more

    KopiMocha
    May 6, 2022

    star rating  Very poor food and service.

    The Sweet potato soup was a murky orange water, they could not even provide bread to accompany the fluid even though the menu stated... read more

    paulhc1960
    May 16, 2022

    star rating  Worth seeing and great scenery and roads around the area. Free admission and plenty of info on their history.

    IAN B
    May 26, 2022
  • star rating  Awe inspiring to see and scenery beautiful. Staff in the visitors centre very helpful and friendly. Totally r

    avatar thumb WMcL1
    September 28, 2021

    star rating  I was very impressed by the stones when I visited it during noon period with bright blue sky. Although it was not extremely crowded but taking a picture without someone... read more

    Yoong Kit S
    May 6, 2022

    star rating  We waited till sunset to visit after a sunny day. It was really lovely and atmospheric. Loves walking around looking at the stones from different angles and taking the time... read more

    avatar thumb BarbaraRiekwel
    August 23, 2021
Image Credit: Grant Jones
Image Credit: Kenny Lam
Image Credit: Kenny Lam
Image Credit: Grant Hugh Jones

Plan Your Visit

Opening Times

The Calanais Visitor Centre is Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The Calanais Stones are open and accessible 24 hours a day.

If you would like to book tickets for your next visit, you can do that quickly and easily. You can explore the history of the stones here and discover more about the mystery surrounding their legacy.

COVID-19 Protocols

To ensure that we keep our staff, visitors and community as safe as possible, we have implemented several ongoing protocols. We recommend reading our guide so that you are familiar with these prior to your visit

How to Get to the Calanais Standing Stones

By Road: The Visitor Centre is located in the village of Calanais on the Isle of Lewis, just off the A859. If you are travelling by road, the journey from Stornoway will take around 30 minutes, with the route passing through some breath-taking scenery. We are also on the W2 bus route. Alternatively, the site is on the stunningly beautiful Hebridean Way Cycle Route.

By Sea Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries make it extremely convenient to visit us by sea. We can be reached easily from Ullapool to Stornoway or from Uig in Skye to Tarbert. If continuing from Tarbert by road, you can follow the A859 north to Calanais and arrive in just under 50 minutes. You can also sail from Berneray in North Uist to Leverburgh in Harris. From there, take the A859 north for around 90 minutes before arriving at Calanais.

By Air If you are flying to the Isle of Lewis, the nearest airport to us is in Stornoway, around 20 miles away. Loganair flights make regular departures from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.

For more detailed information about travelling to the Outer Hebrides, visit www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk.

A Visitor Centre
for Everyone

Accessibility Matters

The Calanais Stones have a legacy for all to enjoy. The Calanais Visitor Centre is easily accessible, but if you are unsure of whether the site is suitable for a visit, please contact us in advance of your trip to make certain that we can accommodate your requirements.

In and Around the Visitor Centre

The entire Visitor Centre is on one level and the site boasts a paved, level courtyard with wheelchair access throughout. The well-stocked shop is fully accessible and operates a hearing loop system. The toilets are also fully accessible. We are a family-friendly site, and baby changing facilities are available.

Exploring the Monument Safely

The ground around the stones is uneven and covered in grass and peat, so we recommend that you bring appropriate footwear. For your own safety, and for the protection of the stone circle, we ask that all visitors take care when walking through the monument.

Dogs are Welcome at Calanais

Dogs are welcome to accompany you. They should be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended, especially in vehicles. Owners are expected to pick up after their dogs. Well-behaved dogs are permitted in the shop and our Story of the Stones exhibition. We have water bowls around the site and usually have plenty of dog biscuits available. Assistance dogs are permitted throughout the site, but we do not allow pets inside our café. There is ample outside seating that you are very welcome to use.

Image credit: Paul Tomkins
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Image Credit: Grant Hugh Jones

Discovering the Story of the Stones

A Rich and mysterious history

So much of the history of Calanais remains unknown. Exploring the Story of the Stones exhibition is the ideal way to deepen your understanding of the archaeological heritage of this inspiring landscape. It’s the perfect complement to your visit to the stones themselves. When you visit, you’ll discover the story of this beautiful and intriguing place, learn how the stones were built, and what they have meant to people through the centuries. The exhibition boasts a fascinating walk-through experience complete with graphic panels, models and a fully accessible audio-visual display.

Individual Admission to the Story of the Stones

Adults: £3.50 | Concessions*: £2.80  | Children (5-15yrs): £2.00
Children (0-4yrs): Free

*Concessions include over 60s, unemployed and students with valid ID. Historic Scotland members are welcome to visit the exhibition for free, but we do not offer member discounts in the shop or cafe.

Image Credit: Grant Hugh Jones
Image Credit: Grant Hugh Jones
Image Credit: Kenny Lam
Image credit: Paul Tomkins

Group Visits

Pre-booking a group visit is essential if you wish to use any of the facilities inside the Visitor Centre. The Standing Stones Trust cannot guarantee entry to groups that do not hold a prior booking.

We look forward to welcoming your group to the shop, facilities and the Story of the Stones exhibition. Our Calanais 2025 project will see us revolutionise our facilities, and you can discover exactly how our redeveloped Visitor Centre will enhance your visit.

When you Arrive

If you have pre-booked a visit for a large group, a member of staff will welcome you and explain any changes to current procedures. We may ask you to divide into two smaller groups, with one group visiting the Standing Stones whilst the other takes advantage of the available facilities within the Visitor Centre.

Pre-booking remains essential for all groups, so please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Out of Hours Visits

We are happy to accommodate out of hours visits for large groups, but would need at least one week’s notice to arrange this.

Group Admission to the Story of the Stones

Adults (10 passengers and over): £2.80
Children (10 passengers and over): £1.50

Filming at Calanais

Beautiful Photography and Film

The Calanais Standing Stones provide an evocative backdrop for film and photography. The stone circle is owned by Historic Environment Scotland, and an application to film commercially must be applied for on their website.

Flying a Drone?

Historic Environment Scotland requires permission be sought prior to flying a drone at the stone circle. This ensures the safety of this historic site and the community who engage with it.

Discover more about the policy and how to apply for permission here.

Explore the stones in person

Discover calanais

Experience the wonder and mystery of the Calanais Stone Circle and be transformed by this ancient and inspiring landscape.

Open Tuesday to Saturday

10am – 5pm

Pre-booking essential for groups.