Writing for the Stornoway Gazette, Chris Murray reports on the campaign to secure World Heritage Status for Callanish –
The Callanish Stones should have World Heritage Site (WHS) status and people are being asked to back a campaign to make that happen. Despite being as old as Stonehenge – which already has WHS status – and being one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe, the Callanish Stones which date back as far as 3,000 BC are currently without such a designation.
Scotland has just five World Heritage Sites including St Kilda which has joint status for its natural and cultural qualities. A long process of nomination is involved in gaining the international recognition but it can bring huge economic benefits and this could get underway now for the Callanish Stones. The Stornoway Gazette is now taking forward a campaign to have the Callanish Stones considered on a list of potential WHS as Editor Melinda Gillen explains: “It is an absolute travesty that Callanish is not already a World Heritage Site. It is the best known landmark in Lewis and Harris and is visited by the majority of visitors to the islands. It would be great to see it attain this designation.”
Full article and online poll here.