Upon leaving the Isle of Lewis capital of Stornoway, this tour takes you across the island to the beautiful west coast to Callanish and beyond.
The ‘Stonehenge of Scotland’
Described as the ‘Stonehenge of Scotland’, the Callanish Stones date from around 3,000 B.C. There are a total of 32 stones, consisting of a circle of thirteen stones with a monolith near the middle and five rows of standing stones connecting to the circle. Two long rows of stones run almost parallel to each other form an 'avenue'. It is thought that the site, one of several in the area, was constructed for astronomical observations. The stones stand like a petrified forest on the flat top of a peninsula that reaches out into East Loch Roag. You’ll visit the excellent visitor center to learn more about the site and venture out among the stones themselves to experience their mysterious atmosphere.
You’ll continue exploring the west coast and see the Dun Carloway Pictish Broch. Probably built sometime during the 1st century B.C., the broch would have served as an occasionally defensible residence for an extended family, complete with accommodations for animals at the ground-floor level. It would also have served as a visible statement of power and status in the local area.
Dramatic views of the Atlantic
Then you'll travel north to the Gearrannan and Blackhouse Village, which recreates a settlement of traditional black houses where people and animals used to live in close proximity. The houses were made using drystone masonry and have thatched roofs distinctively weighted down with rocks. Visit the small museum, enjoy a display of a typical crofting activity such as weaving or butter-making (subject to availability), and take in the views at this dramatic site on the wild Atlantic coast.
Then you'll head back across moorland to return to Stornoway.
- Included: Entrance to the Arnol Black House Museum
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 147
- This tour may be operated in a different order
- This tour is combinable with another tour, Bostadh Sands & Iron Age House