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Some may feel that soon there'll only be ancient Stone Circles left on Lewis…if the chaos of official policy of heating, transport, and food continues to take its toll. 

But for the moment they are very much in the past and on Saturday 4 May – archaeologist Ian McHardy will describe the ‘Lost Stone Circles of Lewis’ in a talk starting at 11.30am at the Kinloch Community Hub, Balallan.

The event is being organised by the Islands Book Trust.

Ian will refer to a little-known stone circle near Gallows Hill, above Stornoway harbour, which has become the focus of attention following archeological surveys related to the new access road to the deepwater terminal. 

This is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, a Neolithic chambered cairn on Cnoc na Croich (Canmore ID 71507). This will not be physically affected by the work, and once complete, the new road will be visible from it but is very unlikely to make any detrimental change to its setting or visual amenity.

Ian will then take a look at the distribution of stone circles over the whole island, including many other little-known examples, in the hope that this will further our understanding of these enigmatic monuments.

After his talk, and a bite to eat, Ian will lead a visit by car and walking to stone circle remains in the Shieldinish area of South Lochs. Relatively easy walking including some gentle climbing (around 3 miles) is involved with stout footwear recommended and a return to Balallan around 4pm.

The price is £10 (IBT members free).