Arguably the finest group of all the British stone alignments are to be found in this region. The group of impressive alignments leading from the majestic stone circle at Callanish is different to anything else and helps to illustrate the considerable variety in form. No other alignments make such a dramatic architectural statement and the clear differences between this site and the others in this gazetteer emphasises the considerable variations. The stone alignments in this region generally consist of small numbers of large stones, with the obvious exception of Callanish, North itself which is also the only double row in the region.
Map showing the location of the Western Isles
Map showing the distribution of Western Isles stone rows (Google My Maps). Click on top right symbol to open a larger version. Click on symbols for direct access to the individual Gazetteer entries.
Western Isles stone alignments at a glimpse
|No. of alignments||14|
|Number of single alignments||13|
|Number of double alignments||1|
|Number of triple alignments||0|
|Number of multiple alignments||0|
|Average length/ Mean length||45m/19.4m|
|Longest alignment||Airigh Na Gaoithe|
|Shortest alignment||Cnoc na Grèine|
|Total number of recorded stones||73|
|Average/Mean number of stones in each alignment||5 / 4.5|
|Alignments including small stones||1|
|Alignments including medium stones||5|
|Alignments including large stones||12|
|Highest alignment||Borve (109m)|
|Lowest alignment||Eyre Alignment (3m)|
|Cairn at the top of alignment||4|
|Cairn at the bottom of alignment||1|
Simplified plans of the Western Isles stone rows at the same scale and orientation.
Information for the individual stone alignments can be viewed by clicking on the photographs or site names below. Further information and commentary will be added in the future. Whilst it is believed that the existing information is accurate, mistakes inevitably occur and should you spot any your help in improving this resource would be much appreciated. Your help will of course be fully acknowledged. Please use the contact button to get in touch.