Isle of Canna - Canna Harbour

Isle of Canna – Canna Harbour

How do I get to Canna?   There is a Caledonian Macbrayne Passenger Ferry from Mallaig on the west coast of Scotland to Canna, but this doesn’t run every day.  Also, AquaExplore run fast R.I.B’s (Rigid Inflatable Boats) from Elgol on Skye on a daily basis, mainly in the summer months.  

 

How do I get around Canna?   On foot!  All the Small Isles ferries are passenger only as there are very few roads on the Small Isles.

 

What’s worth visiting on Canna?  Canna House holds a substantial collection of Gaelic literature, photographs and folk songs, although these are not available for public viewing at present. Also, the island’s dramatic coastline is a Special Protection Area, home to large colonies of seabirds.  The neighbouring island of Sanday can also be visited thanks to a new road bridge completed in 2006.

 

Where can I stay on Canna?  Self catering is available at Lag Nam Boitean and The Bothy, as well as at Burnbank on Sanday.  Kate’s Cottage can sleep eight in Bunkhouse style and it is now possible to camp on Canna at the new Canna Campsite, which has Camping Pods and a Caravan to rent as well as pitches for tents.  A glorious place to stay!

 

Any other information on Canna?  Due to a population explosion of Brown Rats, within the last ten years, a project has recently taken place to eradicate the species on Canna.  Due to this, a population of the rare Canna Wood Mice were removed to Edinburgh Zoo before-hand.  Since the project has been completed, the Wood Mice have been re-introduced and along with the once dwindling seabird colony, appear to be thriving.

 

Other islands around Skye (including Skye): Eigg, Muck, Raasay, Rona, Rum, Skye and Summer Isles