Callanish, North

Double row leading towards the stone circle. View from south east.

A substantial double row (or avenue) measuring at least 84m long, including 19 large upright stones 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 upper southern end. The row stands in an area with 3 other stone rows, several stone circles and cairns.


Scotland Isle of Lewis Western Isles NB 21300 33017
Lat 58.19767042   Long -6.745192637

Map showing the location of Callanish, North stone row.

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


Type: Double Length: 84m
No. of stones: 19 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 10° Altitude: 25m
Upper end: Stone circle and cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : 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 D11. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


The stone circle and double alignment. View from the south looking along the alignment.

View from the south west.

View from above and south west.

View from north west of the alignment leading upslope to the stone circle.

Looking southward along the rows towards the stone circle.

Looking northwards along the rows.

Looking north along the row.

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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