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Explore Scotland’s Pre-historic Sites -Callanish Standing Stones & Carloway Broch

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Scotland is a land steeped in history, with evidence of human habitation dating back thousands of years. Among the most fascinating pre-historic sites in Scotland are the Callanish Standing Stones and the Carloway Broch, both located on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. These sites are a must-visit for anyone interested in ancient history and the mysteries of the past.


Callanish Standing Stones

The Callanish Standing Stones, also known as the Standing Stones of Callanish, are a collection of 13 standing stones arranged in a cruciform pattern, with a central stone circle. These stones are believed to have been erected between 2900 and 2600 BC, making them older than the famous Stonehenge in England. The purpose of these stones is still a mystery, with theories ranging from astronomical observatory to religious sites.

The site is open to the public and visitors can walk among the stones, feeling the weight of history and the energy of the ancient site. The stones are also a popular spot for photographers, especially during sunrise and sunset when the light hits the stones in a magical way.


Carloway Broch

The Carloway Broch is another pre-historic site on the Isle of Lewis, located about 10 miles from the Callanish Standing Stones. A broch is a type of circular, dry-stone tower that was used as a fortified dwelling in the Iron Age. The Carloway Broch is one of the best-preserved brochs in Scotland, standing at 9 meters tall and 14 meters in diameter.

Visitors can explore the interior of the broch, climbing the narrow stone staircases and imagining what life was like for the ancient inhabitants. The site also offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including the nearby Atlantic Ocean.


Plan Your Visit

The Callanish Standing Stones and the Carloway Broch are open to the public year-round, with no admission fee. However, it is recommended to visit during the summer months when the weather is more favourable. Here at Highland Experience, we run tours from April to October, with departures from Edinburgh and Inverness.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit these incredible pre-historic sites and learn about the ancient history of Scotland. Book your tour today and experience the magic of the Callanish Standing Stones and the Carloway Broch for yourself.