Scottish government rejects plans for Lewis wind farm
Plans to build one of Europe's largest onshore wind farms in the Outer Hebrides were formally rejected today after Scottish ministers ruled the £500m scheme would devastate a globally significant peatland... continues...
Issued 28 August 2003 by BBCi
An ancient stone circle, buried for thousands of years, has been uncovered by archaeologists at a site in the Outer Hebrides. Experts say the discovery is second in importance only to Stonehenge... continues...
A tip that will save you some scornful looks from the inhabitants of Lewis: Callanish is pronounced (at least by the locals) with the emphasis on the first, not the second, syllable (KALL-a-nish, not ca-LAAH-nish).
This page lists most of the sites that have at one time or another been called Callanish, as well as a few other sites in the area that might be considered part of the group. The list includes alternative site names, grid references and links to some key Web pages about each site.
I drove past this kerbed cairn twice before realising where it was.
It was 11.00pm but still light enough to be out ‘old stoning’; write my notes and be able to read the information board! Needless to say there was no one else about. Karen and the children were happily tucked up in bed back at the B+B.
It is great that the cairn has survived at all given that the road cut it in half.
At least there was no traffic at this time of night – only mad people looking at ‘old stones’!
What madness is this? 10.30pm and I am climbing up a steep hill, over a barbed wire fence and looking for a chambered cairn in the middle of a field!
To be fair the cairn was easy enough to spot when you get to the top of the hill.
There are 4 stones making up the cairn – each about 1 metre high.
Despite the dry weather we had experienced the ground was still quite boggy.
The views from the cairn are cracking. The sun had set and sky was red. The moon shone overhead. The wind had dropped and the views over Lewis made the steep climb well worth the effort. The views really were a lovely sight.
The remaining standing stone is approximately 1.5 metre tall x 0.5 metre across.
The views from the stone are the best I have seen on Lewis – breathtaking.
They show Lewis at its best – both rugged and beautiful.
The sun darted in and out of clouds and lit up parts of the mountains in the distance.
I was in the right place at the right time for the light to reveal ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in all her glory. She was so clear and recognisable – the best I had seen her during my stay - watching over all that she surveyed.
The view set out in front of me had to be one of the highlights of my short but fulfilling stay on Lewis. Simply stunning.
As Kammer correctly predicted I did indeed arrive at the cairns before the stone circle.
The larger cairn is about 1 metre high x 10 metres across.
The smaller cairn is about 0.5 metre high x 8 metres across.
There were plenty of sheep and lambs milling around the cairns and most ran away as I approached. One mother sheep had different ideas and headed straight towards me. I stood and watched as she got closer and closer. At one point I thought she was going to ram me (excuse the pun). But she stopped a few feet away and stared at me intently until I left!
I spotted this Broch on the O/S map and thought I would be able to see it from either the stone circle or the bridge itself.
I couldn’t actually make anything out.
‘Little is left of this probable broch which is situated on a small promontory. The building appears to have been circular with a diameter of 52ft. A few of the foundation stones are traceable and there are slight signs of a ditch across the neck of the promontory’.
On the way back from visiting the reconstructed round house at Traigh Bostadh we stopped at the small parking area at the northern end of the Bernera Bridge.
This is a very easy site to access and only requires a very short but quite steep walk.
The site consists of 3 impressive standing stones – 1 x 2 metres tall and 2 x 3 metres tall.
There is of course also the ‘birthing chair’ although I doubt that is what it was as there didn’t appear to be any room for the baby to pop out!
The stones wouldn't have looked out of place at Callanish with there patterned swirls and 'hairy' lichen.
There are great views along the coast from the stones and this is well worth stopping for.