Ask an Islander
Canna, the ‘Garden of the Hebrides’ and the westernmost of the Small Isles archipelago in the Inner Hebrides. Fiona from Tighard Guest House told us why she loves spring on Canna.
“It’s a stunning time of year here. Our mild winters mean the flowers are in bloom earlier and for longer. We’re surrounded by bluebell woods and the smell of the ransoms [wild garlic] is incredible.
“The days get longer and the island really comes to life; there are lambs and calves to delight us all! It’s magic.
“It’s very hard to put your finger on it, but there is something incredibly special about Canna. It’s a wee island with a huge heart!”
You can expect award-winning dishes serving up a range of the best local produce at Cafe Canna, as Fiona explains. “Cafe Canna produces some fantastic dishes using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. From rabbit stew to massive seafood platters, there is something delicious for everyone.
“The cafe serves lunch and snacks throughout the day and also doubles up as the bar. It’s the social hub of the island and is right on the shore, offering some of the most stunning views.”
The island is the perfect place if you’re looking for a variety of things to do. “There are a surprising amount of walks you can do on our island,” Fiona says, “including walking up Compass Hill, out to the ‘West End’ for great archaeological finds and the stunning Tarbet beach.
“Also, the Canna 10k is now in its 2nd year with a record sell-out of places in 24hrs! It got great feedback last year for being a good challenging run, and the ceilidh was an absolute hoot!”
Gaelic / Gàidhlig
The Gaelic name for Canna is Canaigh and Sanday is Sanndaigh.
Want to say ‘cheerio for now’ to someone in Gaelic? That would be ‘tìoraidh an-dràsta‘!
CalMac Ferries operate regular sailings to the Canna from Mallaig. Sailings normally go via Eigg, Muck and/or Rum. Sanday is accessible from Canna via a bridge.
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