Callanish, East

View from the south west.

A single stone row measuring 21.5m long, including five large upright orthostats forming part of a ritual complex situated at the southern end of a flat-topped ridge. The row is orientated east to west and terminates at an impressive stone circle at its western end. The row stands in an area with 3 other stones, several stone circles and cairns.


Scotland Isle of Lewis Western Isles NB 21305 33007
Lat 58.19751994    Long -6.74506704

Map showing the location of Callanish, East stone row.

Simplified plan of stone alignments (black) leading towards the stone circle (red) at Callanish (Source:Google Earth).


Type: Single Length: 21.5m
No. of stones: 5 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 81° Altitude: 25m
Upper end: Stone circle and cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  Ritual landscape

Other Information

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


Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


This stone row is of Type S8. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


The stone row approaching the circle and cairn. View from south.

The eastern alignment in the background, the southern alignment in the foreground and the stone circle on the left. View from south west. 

View from the south.

View from the south.

View from the south west.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NB 21353 32799. A nearby visitor centre provides information on the stones and refreshments. Access to the stones is via a sign-posted path. Enjoy!

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Excavation Report

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.


VISITED:- 29th August 2014 and 7th August 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 31st December 2017


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