The Mysterious Standing Stones of Callanish
During my adventures in Scotland, our tour guide took us to the mythical Standing Stones of Callanish which is comparable to Stonehenge in England and something that I had never heard of. Perhaps because I am from America and we were schooled very little about in depth geography at the time, I consider myself to have missed out on many important landmarks such as this one. The stones are located on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
The Standing Stones of Callanish are a collection of stone circles and upright stones. this one in particular has one of the most complete historic circles in Europe. Callanish has 3 sites for cirlces, all within a mile or so from each other. The main stone circle is found near the village of calanais. Five rows of stones radiate from the center stone. The area around the stones is cool, damp and home to more than 20 monuments erected between 3000-4000 years ago. The rock monoliths of Callanish form a beautiful stone circle comprised of 47 upright prehistoric megaliths. The stones material is Lewissean gneiss, the oldest known rocks in the British Isles.
It is presumed that the stones, roughly 27 feet apart, were erected by hand between the years 3000 and 1500 BC. In the center of the stones is a circle with 13 megaliths, with a larger one in the middle. It is thought that these parts were the original layout and that the stones alignment marked important points in the lunar cycle. The stones are still a wonder for modern day astronomers.
The overall layout of the monument resembles a distorted Celtic cross. Walking through the stones and being able to touch these legendary stones feels magical. While this was only a short stop on our tour of Scotland, it is definitely a site that I recommend taking the time to go see the Standing Stones of Callanish as it added to the impressive history of this country.