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Iorcail, Isle of Canna

Canna is the westernmost of the Small Isles off the west coast of Scotland.

It is next to the smaller island of Sanday, and is linked by a bridge and by sand at low tide.

Canna, Sanday and their surrounding skerries are owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), and are run as a farm and conservation area.

Get in[edit]

Rocket church, Canna


There is a scheduled ferry service connecting Canna with the mainland. The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry MV Lochnevis sails to all four of the Small Isles from Mallaig throughout the year. It calls at Canna on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during the winter; (the Sunday sailing has to be requested by 4pm on the day before sailing) In the summer sailings are on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, twice on Saturday and Sunday. The ferry has limited space for vehicles, and visitors are not permitted to take cars to the Small Isles.

Train connections[edit]

If not travelling to Mallaig or Arisaig by car, you can reach the ferries by scheduled ScotRail train service (although note that the pier at Arisaig is not as close to the railway as the pier at Mallaig).

The famous 'Deerstalker' Caledonian Sleeper provides first class (single cabin) and standard class (double cabin) sleeper and reclining seat travel between Fort William and London Euston every night except Saturday. Local trains connect to Mallaig.

If travelling by day train, travelling to Canna from anywhere further south than Fort William is only possible without an overnight stop in Mallaig on summer Saturdays, when the early morning train from Glasgow Queen Street station connects with the second CalMac sailing to Canna.

Travelling from Canna to points beyond Fort William by day train is likewise only possible on summer Saturdays, when the first CalMac sailing from Canna connects with the train to Fort William and Glasgow Queen Street.

Get around[edit]

Vehicles are not permitted on the island. Canna is 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long and 1.5 kilometres (0.9 mi) wide, and most easily explored on foot.


Canna house
  • 1 Canna House. Currently closed. Gaelic culture and language, and butterflies and moths collections.
  • 2 Canna Rhu Church (Rocket church).


  • Birdwatching. including sea eagles, golden eagles and puffins



  • 1 Cafe Canna, West Bothy, PH44 4RS, +44 1687 482488. Mar - May, Sep: Sun - Fri 1pm - 9pm; May - Aug: Sun - Fri 11am - 10pm, Sat 6pm - 9pm, meal times shorter and cafe may close early. Licensed café with WiFi



The National Trust for Scotland is the only provider of accommodation on the island.

  • 1 Canna Campsite, +44 1687 462477. A lovely sheltered campsite with fantastic views which opened in 2016. 8 tent pitches and a caravan and camping pods. Equipment can be hired. tent pitch £12 - family pod £55.
  • 2 Tighard Guest House, +44 1687 462474.


The phone

There is a telephone box on the island and the cafe has internet connection. No mobile phone connection.

Go next[edit]

This city travel guide to Canna is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.