The Calanais Visitor Centre, gateway to the iconic Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis, turns 25 years old on 30th June 2020 and is looking for locals and visitors alike to participate in a virtual celebration!
In the COVID-19 pandemic, the Calanais Visitor Centre has been closed since March and plans to celebrate this milestone with visitors this summer have been cancelled. The team at Calanais will be celebrating virtually and need help from visitors from far and wide to share their happiest moments for a virtual event.
Normally the Calanais Visitor Centre welcomes more than 50,000 visitors into the building each year, and around 130,000 visitors visited the Calanais Standing Stones in 2019. The team at the Calanais Visitor Centre are looking to reach out to anyone who loves Calanais and the Standing Stones to share their love of the site, area and people through photographs and memories. This will culminate in a video celebration shared across social media.
Chair of Urras nan Tursachan, Donald Macarthur said, ‘With the ongoing pandemic, we miss seeing old and new faces coming through our doors and marveling at the stone circle.
"We would love as many people as possible to get involved uploading a photo and sharing their memory with us. Whether you visited us in a gale, wrapped up in your waterproofs, or travelled across the world to see the Calanais Standing Stones, we’d love to see photos and videos of your smiling faces as you visited us here at the Calanais Visitor Centre and the Stones. In the meantime, from all of us at the Visitor Centre we cannot wait to welcome you back when it is safe to do so.’
Board Member, Dr Alison Sheridan FBA FRSE FSA FSA Scot said: ‘A quarter of a century may not be long in the 5000-year long life of Tursachan Chalanais, but during that time the Calanais Visitor Centre has welcomed, educated, entertained and inspired over a million visitors from all around the world – and has nourished them too, with tasty treats from the café. Long may it flourish!’
You can find more information here on Urras nan Tursachan here – www.urrasnantursachan.com
You can find more information on the Calanais Visitor Centre here – www.callanishvisitorcentre.co.uk