Calanais (Callanish)

Lewis, Scotland.  Day 7, 5th July.

Calanais II

Calanais III

Towards the end of the day I came back to Calanais where I was staying for the night.  There are several stone circles in the vicinity and this is Calanais III, smaller than the main one.  Not all of the original stones remain standing.

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A certain amount of bull

A certain amount of bull

Just beside Calanais III, this is a gate I passed through to photograph an old house.

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Old house near Calanais II

Old house near Calanais III

I would guess this is from the nineteenth century because it is not a dry stone building; it has a regular construction using mortar.

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Old house near Calanais II

Old house near Calanais III

There are probably any number of stories associated with this house but if so, I don’t know of them.  Another renovator’s dream.

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Behind the old house near Calanais II

Behind the old house near Calanais III

This is a structure behind the stone house.  I can’t remember whether it appeared intended to house people or animals.

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Calanais I

Calanais I

I was very lucky to arrive at Calanais I at sunset in perfect weather with very few people around.  This stone circle is older than Stonehenge, having been erected some time between 2900BC and 2600BC.  There were clearly astronomical and ritual associations with the circles.

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Calanais I

Calanais I

This image and the two succeeding are after sunset.

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Calanais I

Calanais I

There is also a small chambered cairn in the middle of the stone circle.

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Calanais I

Calanais I

There is also an avenue of stones you can just see here in the back ground and other stones in the form of an overall cross, though the circle is thousands of years before Christianity.

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Calanais II

Calanais II

Several days later I was passing by and stopped to see Calanais II, quite close to Calanais III.

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Calanais II

Calanais II

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8 comments on “Calanais (Callanish)

  1. leecleland says:

    You certainly had good weather and made some great images. Love the clouds in the Calanais II shots.

    Like

  2. Outlandish… thanks for sharing this.

    Like

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