Canna & Sanday | Eithne Nutt

About

The westernmost of the Small Isles, Canna and Sanday are in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, which they were gifted to by John Lorne Campbell in 1981. The islands are home to just a handful of full-time residents, and all the houses and businesses are located in the harbour bay and around to St Edwards chapel on Sanday, leaving the rest of the islands feeling wild and remote. With amazingly fertile basalt soil and hundreds of native plants, the islands have rightly earned the name ‘Garden of the Hebrides’.

Famous For

  • The Canna House archives, collected by previous owner John Lorne Campbell and his wife Margaret Fay Shaw, are valuable records of song, photography and stories of the Gaelic way of life on the island, which is now lost to history.

  • Wildlife is abundant on the islands, with puffins, eagles, butterflies and the Canna mouse, to name a few. The islands also have the longest running seabird survey in Europe, now in its 52nd year, and more than 248 native flora species from machair to heathland.

  • The islands have a rich history, with over 1,400 archaeological sites dating back to the prehistoric era.

Ask an Islander

  • The islands are not connected to the National Grid and so generate their own electricity from the wind and sun via six 18-metre wind turbines and a photovoltaic array.

  • We have amazing sunsets! At just the right light at dusk, watch Bloodstone Hill on the neighbouring Isle of Rum turn a delicious shade of red! Or head to Sanday beach to watch the sun dip between the gap at Tarbert. In autumn and winter, enjoy the sun sinking straight into the Atlantic over Hyskeir lighthouse.

  • The islands have been farmed for 1000s of years and you can clearly see the rig and furrow of old all over the island. The island is still run as a farm today, with prized cattle and sheep.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

Isle of Canna - directory

Sanday Development Trust - community directory

More Information

You can find some additional information about Canna & Sanday at the links below

Isle of Canna

Visit The Small Isles

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


CalMac Ferries operate regular sailings to the islands from Mallaig. Sailings normally go via Eigg, Muck and/or Rum.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.