Callanish, South

View from the north east.

A single stone row measuring 22m 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 north to south and terminates at an impressive stone circle at its lower northern end. The row stands in an area with 3 other stone rows, several stone circles and cairns.


Scotland Isle of Lewis Western Isles NB 21293 32999
Lat 58.1974716    Long -6.7452054

Map showing the location of Callanish, South stone row.

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


Type: Single Length: 22m
No. of stones: 5 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 0° Altitude: 25m
Upper end: – Lower end: Stone circle and cairn
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.


Looking north along the row. In the background the western and eastern alignments are visible separated by the stone circle.

View from north east.

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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