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Callanish II, "Cnoc Ceann a'Gharraidh" - Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Stone Circle
National Grid Reference: NB 222 326

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How To Get There

From the main Callanish site exit the car park and head back to the A858. Turn right and take the first right turn you come to (only a couple of hundred yards or so). There is parking space for a few vehicles at the end of this short road. Walk through two sets of gates to reach the site. Close the gates after you!

This is just one of many megalithic sites that form the prehistoric landscape around Callanish. The main circle and stone rows just a few hundred yards away are the centre of attention but there are plenty of other monuments to explore here too.

Within plain view of its big sister Callanish II has 5 remaining standing stones with other large slabs lying prone. The stones form an ellipse of around 22 by 19 metres. The remains of a cairn can still be seen in the eastern half of the ring, uncovered during the 19th Century when three feet of peat was cleared from the site. This also uncovered a set of post holes into which it is thought the timbers of the first monument to built here were stood. Probably not surprisingly I could find no trace of these holes during our visit.

The stones look to be from the same source as those used just up the road. There are the same wonderful patterns in the strata of the rock and they also have that same ghostly white look to them.

This is just one of the many monuments that are part of the Callanish landscape. For an in depth report of all of the peripheral monuments to the main site I can heartily recommend "The Stones Of Callanish" by Gerald and Margaret Ponting. This would make an especially interesting read for those interested in alignments and archaeoastronomy and explains the relationships between the different sites to be found in the area.

Nearby Sites

Callanish III
Callanish IV
Dun Carloway

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This prehistoric site has been rescued for historical reasons by History X's archive