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The Callanish Standing Stones (Gaelic - Clachan Chalanais), Lewis, Scotland

Whilst the stones themselves appear to have been erected during the Neolithic in the mid-second millenium BC, there’s evidence for structures preceding them, indicating that the site has enjoyed a long history of ritual significance in the area. Perhaps unsurprisingly a burial cairn was later added within the centre of the stones.

Like many other ancient British structures, the Callanish stones have their fair share of interwoven legends and myths, most notable of these is that the stones were giants who refused to convert to Christianity when St Kieran arrived from Ireland, and were punished accordingly by being converted into the monoliths we see today.   

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