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  You don't need to be an Outlander fan to be awed by this ancient site. Amazing collection of standing stones.

    ErieLover
    September 28, 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  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  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

    avatar thumb Scottish-Hidden-Gems🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
    September 23, 2021

    star rating  Worth a visit. You can walk around freely and touch the stones and for free too. Small car park and a little walk to the stones. We loved being up... read more

    KezzaG90
    August 8, 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  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  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  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  Excellent set up, plenty of parking, good visitor centre with shop and exhibition. The stone circle is incredible and impressive. You can walk around the stones and take in the... read more

    ElenaNicolScorpio
    August 31, 2022

    star rating  It was a day of four seasons weather wise but in some ways this made it a realistic experience.It is on raised ground exposed bleak, provocative as it asks you... read more

    petesaund
    August 22, 2022

    star rating  One of the ‘must see’ things when visiting the island. There is a good sized car park and toilets. Have seen a few stone circles and that one is probably... read more

    Aisleena
    July 14, 2022
  • star rating  The layout has of course been the subject of much academic debate and supposition over a long period. The fact is that they and we don’t know and can’t be... read more

    David G
    July 11, 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  A warm welcome from everyone. Beautiful place and very interesting.
    Food from the cafe was gorgeuos. Nice and clean and tidy
    Thank you

    woolsykejosh
    July 2, 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.