Callanish, West

Looking along the row from the east.

A single stone row measuring 13m long, including four 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 eastern end. The row stands in an area with 3 other stones, several stone circles and cairns.


Scotland Isle of Lewis Western Isles NB 21286 33009
Lat 58.19751316    Long  -6.74534555


 Map showing the location of Callanish, West stone row.

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


Type: Single Length: 13m
No. of stones: 4 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 84° 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.


View from the north east.

View from the north.

View from east. The three near stones form part of the stone circle.

The stone row approaching the circle. View from north west.

View from above and north east.

View from the south 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     Historic Environment Record

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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