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Friday, December 28, 2007

The Standing Stones of Callanish




The trip to Callanish, Scotland involves quite a bit more travel than going to Stonehenge, England. Thus, this is why Callanish is not very crowded. Actually, when we visited, we were the ONLY two people visiting for a long time--just us and the massive, magical stones!

Here's what we had to do to travel to Callanish: take a ferry from the Scotland Mainland to the Isle of Lewis. Rent a car at Stornoway (the closest big town). We already had a reservation at local lodging arranged before arriving, so we checked in and deposited our few bags in our room, and then we headed directly for the stones down winding country roads.


The Isle of Lewis is in the Western Isles of Scotland, the Outer Hebrides.

What are these massive stone circles and single menhirs doing here? No one really knows, but there is speculation that in the days of wizardry, these stones were once giants that were turned into stones. I like this version of the story, although it's rather sad if the giants were good giants.

The stones are said to date back about 5,000 years, and altogether there are around 50 stones here with a heighth of anywhere from 8-13 ft. The tallest one is about 16 feet. The stones are all over the Isle of Lewis, and there are EIGHT different locations. We only spent time at what is known as Callanish 1, and the photos shown here are all from this location. The stones are made of lewisian gneiss, and the theory is that they were used as an astronomical calendar and for sacred ceremonial temple functions.

Since we had the stones all to ourselves, and there wasn't a guard anywhere, we felt incredibly privileged to be able to spend time with these gentle giants. We could touch them all we wanted, and bless them too! We could put our ears to them to hear their secrets, and we could marvel that they had been hidden for so long before being discovered by a farmer.

What other mysteries are out there in this big wide world of ours waiting to be discovered?

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