Day trip to Canna

This small island is bursting with human history, Canna is thought to have been inhabited since 5000BC, and now supports a small crofting community.

Canna is an excellent place for a gentle walk or stroll around the Island, you can immerse yourself in one of the 3 churches dating back to 1770, or walk among the many historical sites dotted around this tiny Island.

 

If you are feeling a little more energetic, why not take a walk to the Stacks to see the puffins up close  or one of the walks like those below.

Prison Rock and Black Beach - the 'strange fort' – where it is said that Marion Macleod was imprisoned in the late 17th century for being unfaithful to her husband.

Sanday Beach | Traigh Bhàn - The beautiful white sand beach of Traigh Bhàn. A perfect spot just to relax, or take a picnic – please take any litter away with you.

A'Chill and Celtic Cross - The site of A'Chill, once the main settlement on Canna, of which little now remains.

Compass Hill - So called from the magnetic rocks that play havoc with compass readings.

The Puffin Stacks

The spectacular sea stacks of Dun Mor and Dun Beag.  Here you will find the main colony of puffins – hundreds during the breeding season – and the cliffs which are home to nesting fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and shags. You can return via the lighthouse and north shore of Sanday, or 'cross-country via the lochan of An-t Oban – but watch out for the nesting Great Skuas which will dive bomb you mercilessly during the breeding season!

The island was donated to the National Trust for Scotland by Gaelic scholar John Lorne Campbell and his wife Margaret Fay Shaw, who together amassed and researched a huge collection of Gaelic and Celtic songs, stories, poetry and a unique collection of butterflies and moths.

Aside from people, Canna is also home to scores of wild creatures, from porpoises and whales to puffins and eagles, all the wonders of Scotland in a small package

If you are feeling a little more energetic, why not take a walk to the Stacks to see the puffins up close  or one of the walks like those below.

Prison Rock and Black Beach - the 'strange fort' – where it is said that Marion Macleod was imprisoned in the late 17th century for being unfaithful to her husband.

Sanday Beach | Traigh Bhàn - The beautiful white sand beach of Traigh Bhàn. A perfect spot just to relax, or take a picnic – please take any litter away with you.

A'Chill and Celtic Cross - The site of A'Chill, once the main settlement on Canna, of which little now remains.

Compass Hill - So called from the magnetic rocks that play havoc with compass readings.

The Puffin Stacks

The spectacular sea stacks of Dun Mor and Dun Beag.  Here you will find the main colony of puffins – hundreds during the breeding season – and the cliffs which are home to nesting fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and shags. You can return via the lighthouse and north shore of Sanday, or 'cross-country via the lochan of An-t Oban – but watch out for the nesting Great Skuas which will dive bomb you mercilessly during the breeding season!

The island was donated to the National Trust for Scotland by Gaelic scholar John Lorne Campbell and his wife Margaret Fay Shaw, who together amassed and researched a huge collection of Gaelic and Celtic songs, stories, poetry and a unique collection of butterflies and moths.

Aside from people, Canna is also home to scores of wild creatures, from porpoises and whales to puffins and eagles, all the wonders of Scotland in a small package