Western Isles

Arguably the finest of all the British stone alignments is 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 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
Maximum length 251m
Minimum length 5m
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
Average orientation 100°
Average altitude 36m
Highest alignment Borve (109m)
Lowest alignment Eyre Alignment (3m)
Cairn at the top of alignment 4
Cairn at the bottom of alignment 1
Scheduled alignments 7


A summary of information for the individual stone alignments can be viewed by clicking on the 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.

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