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Calanais footpaths to be removed

Calanais standing stones. Pic: Iain Maclean
The standing stones date from about 3,000 BC

Some footpaths at the Calanais Standing Stones on Lewis are to be removed to create a "more natural setting", Historic Scotland has said.

Chipped stone will be replaced with turf in work scheduled for November.

Stephen Watt, district architect, said Historic Scotland believed visitors would enjoy a greater sense of freedom to walk among the stones.

The site dates from about 3,000 BC and is an important attraction for the islands.

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