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  It was a grey day when we visited, which probably just added to the atmosphere. There is a visitor centre with toilets and a cafe . Also information boards... read more

    avatar thumb MrMrsW50
    September 13, 2021

    star rating  Definitely worth paying to visit the small but interesting museum. Visiting the stones sight is free. Nice cafe which has a range of gluten free cakes. A really impressive site... read more

    avatar thumb midduk
    October 27, 2022

    star rating  A great visit to these very evocative standing stones.

    Even though we got soaking wet in the rain, it was well worth the visit.

    Sobeboy15
    May 14, 2022
  • star rating  Popped into the Callanish Standing Stones Visitors Centre for a warming brew and cake which the selection was fantastic. The staff are so friendly and the atmosphere very pleasant. I... read more

    Resort21737157373
    June 9, 2022

    star rating  Visiting these stones felt like a personal experience. At the moment we visited, few people were there. That meant we could walk peacefully among the stones, take plenty of photos... read more

    Mike O
    August 18, 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

    avatar thumb Ali921
    September 23, 2021
  • star rating  My fourth visit and they impress
    An essential visit if you are on lewis & Harris
    Deeply mysterious
    Earlier than Stonehenge
    Old like the Ring of Brodgar on Orkney... read more

    BoogieBopBruce
    October 9, 2021

    star rating  If you do one thing on Lewis visit these stones- they are fabulous. Access is free (though you can pay for an exhibition in the nearby visitor centre- where you... read more

    Stephcart
    June 3, 2022

    star rating  We were there the day after the Summer Solstice and noticed a few flowers, etc. that had been placed the day before. It's just amazing to think how long ago... read more

    JandRPS
    July 14, 2022
  • star rating  A must see for anyone visiting Lewis, stone circles are fascinating and the visitor centre provides lots of information on archaeology etc associated with the area. Lovely at this time... read more

    avatar thumb robyngore
    November 26, 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  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  We had a lovely walk around the stones and it was great that the fact you could get up close to the stones very interesting how they would appear there... read more

    Travel29902288648
    October 7, 2022

    star rating  It was a grey day when we visited, which probably just added to the atmosphere. There is a visitor centre with toilets and a cafe . Also information boards... read more

    MrMrsW50
    September 14, 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
Image Credit: Grant Jones
Image Credit: Kenny Lam
Image Credit: Kenny Lam
Image Credit: Grant Hugh Jones

Plan Your Visit

Stone site and centre opening times

The Calanais Stones are open to the public all year round, there is no charge for visiting the actual stone circle.

The Visitor Centre is currently closed in preparation for redevelopment and we apologise for any inconvenience.  We will be posting updates on the project on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CalanaisStandingStones

How to Get to the Calanais Standing Stones

By Road: The Visitor Centre (currently closed in preparation for redevelopment) 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.  Please note that while redevelopment is in progress, parking at the site will be limited.

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.

How to Get to the Calanais Standing Stones

By Road: The Visitor Centre (currently closed in preparation for redevelopment) 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.  Please note that while redevelopment is in progress, parking at the site will be limited.

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. Due to plans for redevelopment there are currently no facilities available at the site.  We apologise for the inconvenience.

In and Around the Visitor Centre

As the Visitor Centre is closed in preparation for redevelopment there will be construction on the site.  During the construction period the centre will be fenced off, but the stones will still be accessible from the current car park via the path up the hill. The path from the carpark takes 2-4 minutes and is on a slope uphill.  There are some benches on the path for a rest. 

Please note – parking will be very limited for a period.  

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

Group Visits

Pre-booking a coach group visit is essential to ensure there is sufficient parking for your coach.  Please see Coach Party Enquiry link below.

We are sorry that the Visitor Centre is closed at the moment, but we look forward to welcoming your group to our new centre in 2025.  Our Calanais 2025 project will see us revolutionise our facilities, and you can discover exactly how our redeveloped Visitor Centre will enhance your visit.

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.
Pre-booking essential for groups.