The Callanish III stone circle is one of many megalithic structures around the better-known (and larger) Callanis Stones (I) on the west coast of the isle of Lewis. The stone circle consists of two concentric ellipses. The outer ring measures about 13.7 by 13.1 metres. It contains 13 stones, of which eight are still standing and five have fallen. The inner ring is a pronounced oval measuring 10.5 by 6.6 metres. Only four stones remain in the inner circle, the tallest of which measures 2.1 metres. There is no sign of a central mound or cairn.

It is just a few hundred metres from the Callanish II stone circle.



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Founded: 3000-2500 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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Nicola Hernadi (8 months ago)
This place is one of the Highlights of the Outer Hebrides. The visitor centre is really tastefully designed, tasty dishes at the Cafe with super friendly staff. The film about the stones is worth seeing and provides interesting information. Visiting the ring of stones lifts up the mind, wonderful that unlike stonehenge it is possible to have direct access. We stayed far longer than intended.
Lisa Cooper Colvin (8 months ago)
In peak season, too many people. Many tourists on holiday allowed their families to climb & hang from the stones. Many others broke pieces of stone away and kept as "souvenirs" (I was surprised and saddened by this). Go when the site 1st opens or late when it is about to close to avoid heavy attendance (don't be fooled by the photos....there were no less than 125 people at this site at the time they were taken....I just timed the photos right and cropped out the people). If you are a Historic Scotland member (for us a VERY wise investment to be a member if you plan to visit many sites), you have free assess to the exhibition (it was very well done with only 4 other people in this area... lovely and quiet).
Amelia Williams (10 months ago)
Loved the stones, they felt very spiritual and ethereal in a way especially thinking about the long history and all those who lived before us building and enjoying these stones. The stones themselves are free to go and see, there is a paid option (only £4 pp for adults) to go into a historical information type room if you are keen on learning more about the history and stories behind the stones. The only weird thing for us was that the stones were not located in some rugged remote area. Behind the stones are houses and back yards with washing and normal people things! It was kind of a shock that there was a residential area right amongst the stones, it wasn't quite what we expected! But they were still an awesome thing to come and see nonetheless. Staff at the Cafe and visitor centre were lovely and the toilets were free and clean facilities as well.
Scottieboyuk (10 months ago)
Wow how amazing is this! Slightly busy but we get that because it's such an important heritage sight that why would it not be. Such a wonderfully calm, tranquil place, its so amazing. Well worth a visit and a place I'd be happy to go again.
Marius Cucuveică (11 months ago)
Whatever was the main reason to erect this standing stones in a such a remote place it is a wonderful feeling to know humans create all this 5000 years ago. Very easy to find with google maps, easy to drive to this place and park, free parking, free entrance and great views. Definitely worth a visit.
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