First Day On Harris And Lewis

Apart from the sunshine, the highlight of the first day were the Callanish Stones. The stones were erected between 2900 and 2600 BC, though there were possibly earlier buildings before 3000 BC. A tomb was later built into the site. It was generally believed that Callanish functioned as an astronomical calendar associated with the moon and that it accurately marked the 18.61 year cycle of maximum lunar declination. However, local tradition thinks the stones are giants who lived on the island refused to be converted to Christianity by Saint Kieran and were turned into stone as a punishment.

Calanish Stones #2

Calanish Stones #2

 

As a photographer I was also struck by the different textures of the surface of the stones.

Callanish Stone Texture #2

Callanish Stone Texture #2

 

Callanish Stone Texture #3

Callanish Stone Texture #3


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