The Callanish IV stone circle is one of many megalithic structures around the better-known (and larger) Callanish Stones (I) on the west coast of the isle of Lewis. The stone circle forms a pronounced oval measuring 13.3 by 9.5 metres. Only five stones currently stand, but there could have been as many as thirteen. The stones range in size from 2 to 2.7 metres. In the centre is a dilapidated cairn. A small slab, 60 centimetres high, is set on edge within the cairn.



Your name


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

More Information


4.7/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

William Pettifer (17 months ago)
23/7/22 This Hebridean icon is a must see. It is free, and very informative to learn about the stones. A shop and cafe is also available, and there is also a local art gallery there too. Surrounding views are superb.
Gordon MacLeod (17 months ago)
This is a really awesome place. Very fine example of Standing Stone circle. It's a large area and is only one site among 12 or so sites that are spread around the area, though this is the best one! You cat really come to Lewis and not give this site a visit. There is of course a cafe and gift shop that has some cool stuff. All in all, you will not be disappointed by a visit, esp if you have an interest in this sort of thing.
Claire Hill (19 months ago)
Anyone who loves standing stones, this is a must. The views from the stones are also lovely. It gets busy and it took a bit of patience to capture a shot without someone in a bright yellow jacket in the way!
Dan Ward (20 months ago)
THE set of standing stones to see! Nice visitors center with café and toilets. Parking can be tricky. Be sure to visit the other three stone circles nearby as well. ??
Allan (20 months ago)
Well preserved and free attraction that is worth a visit. Local guard collie appreciates a biscuit and a pat! Visitor center was closed but there is a local information board to give a gist of what the stones represented.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week


Manarola is a small town, a frazione of the comune of Riomaggiore. It is the second-smallest of the famous Cinque Terre towns frequented by tourists, with a population of 353.

Manarola may be the oldest of the towns in the Cinque Terre, with the cornerstone of the church, San Lorenzo, dating from 1338. The local dialect is Manarolese, which is marginally different from the dialects in the nearby area. The name 'Manarola' is probably a dialectical evolution of the Latin, 'magna rota'. In the Manarolese dialect this was changed to 'magna roea' which means 'large wheel', in reference to the mill wheel in the town.

Manarola's primary industries have traditionally been fishing and wine-making. The local wine, called Sciacchetrà, is especially renowned; references from Roman writings mention the high quality of the wine produced in the region.