Callanish 5

View from above and north west (Scale 1m).

A single stone row measuring 13m long, including three large upright and two recumbent orthostats situated on a north west facing slope. The row is orientated north to south. A further standing stone in the vicinity may be broadly contemporary.


Scotland Isle of Lewis Western Isles NB 23431 29878
Lat 58.17090317   Long -6.70532659

Map showing the location of Callanish 5 stone row


Type: Single Length: 13m
No. of stones: 5 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 160° Altitude: 49m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  –
Notes: Deep peat accumulation

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes


Category: Plausible. Although originally described as a stone circle there is now a broad consensus that this is a prehistoric stone row.


This stone row is of Type S2. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


View from the south west (Scale 1m).

View from above and south (Scale 1m).

View from above and south (Scale 1m).

View from above and north east (Scale 1m).

Looking from above and south along the row (Scale 1m).

Isolated upright stone to the north of the row. Row is visible in the background. 

Access Information

Road side car parking is available around NB 23167 30407. Walk along the road to NB 23092 30241 then take the track leading east up the hill. Shortly you will arrive at an old shieling which is worth having a look at. From the sheiling head in a south easterly direction across uneven rough pasture to the stone row.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 223.

Ruggles, C.L.N., 1999, Astronomy in prehistoric Britain and Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 196.


VISITED:- 2nd September 2014

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019

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