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What the ancients did before TV. This cromlech (Callanish I) in Callanais on the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, dates from around 3000 BC and is the largest of a number of stone circles that dominate the surrounding landscape.

Local legend has it that when the giants living on the island refused to convert to Christianity, they were turned to stone by St Kieran.

Callanish I is an eerie site. The only thing spoiling it are the twenty-seven other people weaving in and out of the pillars. Everyone is searching for the best place to point their camera, each waiting for that precise moment when every visitor is hidden behind one of the giant rocks, allowing them to take a photo of the mysterious stone circle…with nobody in it.

I very quickly got tired of waiting for the other visitors to leave me and my stones alone and wandered off in the direction of the other smaller ones.

They were a lot more awe-inspiring.

written by bensozia


  1. copefan


    hope you took your copy of Julian Cope's 'Modern Antiquarian' with you! Nice pictures

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  2. vicuna


    impressing place!

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