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More natural setting for Calanais Stones

24 September 2008

Some of the modern footpaths at the Calanais Standing Stones are to be removed to create a more natural setting and allow visitors to wander more freely.

It is hoped that the move will further improve the enjoyment of visitors to one of the country’s most celebrated prehistoric monuments.

The work is timetabled for November and will involve replacing the chipped stone paths with turf.

Stephen Watt, Historic Scotland district architect, said: “We believe that visitors will prefer a more natural setting for the stones and a greater sense of freedom to wander among them.

“The path from the visitor centre to the site will remain in place for easy access and the grass around the stones will be kept short.”

The Calanais Standing Stones date from around 3,000 BC and are an important attraction for the isle of Lewis.

Notes for editors

  • The stones are free to visit and can be seen all year round. They are 12 miles west of Stornoway off the A859.  

  • The visitor centre is open seven days a week 10am to 6pm in summer. Winter opening times are 10am to 4pm, closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Telephone 01851 621422 for admission details.

For further information

Laura Varney
PR Executive
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0131 668 8959