Canna Visitor Information Guide
Canna the outermost of the Small Islands of the Inner Hebrides, a site of continuous settlement for 9,000 years, with a small population of inhabitants remaining to this day.
The Island can be accessed by the Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry, which links Canna, and the neighbouring Small Isles of Rum, Eigg and Muck to the mainland port of Mallig offering accommodation Bed and Breakfast about 2 hours and 30 minutes away the ferry is capable of carrying motor vehicles, although permission is required to land them on the Island.
The harbour is sheltered and is the only deep harbour in the Small Isles, and is very popular with west coast yachting traffic out of Oban and Arisaig. yachtsmen and campers,are welcome in small numbers.
The Island is 4.3 miles long and 0.9 miles wide. The mail-boat from Mallaig calls three times a week. The people who live here are crofters and estate employees
Canna House contains an extensive and unrivalled Gaelic library, curated by previous owners, Dr John Lorne Campbell and his wife Margaret Fay Shaw. The neighbouring small island of Sanday to the South east gives protection to Canna's fine harbour and is joined to it at low tide, by a footbridge. Canna's coast is mostly rocky, with impressive caves, but there are one or two sandy bays.
At the North East of the Island is the well-known Compass Hill, From the West at Carn a Ghaill there is an unsurpassed panoramic view of Skye, the Hebrides and the mainland, at its widest point,the Island it is blessed with fertile soil,and a remarkably early spring, it is rich in bird-life and seafood.
- Canna Latitude: 57.062953 Longitude: -6.548704