On leaving the island capital of Stornoway, today’s tour takes you across the island to the beautiful west coast of the island and to Callanish.
The Stonehenge of Scotland
Described as Scotland’s Stonehenge, the Callanish Standing Stones date from around 3000BC. There are a total of 32 stones in a circular and avenue design. It is thought that the site, one of several in the area, was constructed for astronomical observations. The stones stand like a petrified forest on the flat top of a peninsula which reaches out into East Loch Roag. Visit the excellent visitor centre to learn more about the site and venture out amongst the stones themselves to experience their mysterious atmosphere.
Continue around the west coast to the site of Dun Carloway Pictish Broch. Probably built some time in the last century BC, it would have served as an occasionally defensible residence for an extended family complete with accommodation for animals at ground floor level. It would also have served as a visible statement of power and status in the local area.
Dramatic views of the Atlantic
Rejoin your coach and travel north to Gearrann and Blackhouse Village. They are constructed settlement of traditional black houses where people and animals lived in close proximity. The houses were made using drystone masonry and have thatched roofs, distinctively weighted down with rocks. Visit the small museum, enjoy a display of a typical crofting activity such as weaving or butter-making (subject to availability) and take in the views at this dramatic site on the wild Atlantic coast.
Complete your circular drive as you head back across moorland to Stornoway.
- Included: Entrance to the Arnol Black House Museum
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 147
- Note: This tour can be operated in a different order, and is also combinable with another tour, “Bostadh Sands & Iron Age house”.