When travelling out from Mallaig, it is not until you round the cloud-capped peaks of Rum, and the pointed jaws of the Cuillin mountains on Skye are receding, that Canna comes into view like the bulwark of some medieval castle, now half disappeared into the sea.
This trip with Minch Adventures provides visitors with an in-depth tour of the outermost isle in the Small Isles archipelago: the charming, remote and picturesque island of Canna which is now part of the Hebridean whale trail. Canna lies at the western edge of the Small Isles a glorious location at the very heart of the Hebrides. It’s a picturesque island with a tiny population – you really feel a million miles from the stresses of everyday life.
Canna’s coastline supports over 20,000 breeding seabirds and the sea air is alive with their raucous calls. Canna is a hotspot for seals and porpoises. Larger more elusive species, like killer whales are occasionally seen from here as they travel through the Sea of the Hebrides to the Minch.
The island’s volcanic soil creates a great abundance of flora and fauna, testified to by the fertile woodlands and the heather strewn slopes, the nests of sea eagles and Lochaber’s only puffin colony on its shoreline. Adding to this; Canna boasts a rich archaeological and historical significance for this area, remarkably well preserved and documented across the centuries, such as the monasteries secreted away on the island’s hills and what remains of a coastal jail, which seems to teeter over the waters below.
All around the island, there are plenty of chances to view these attractions with a guided tour across Canna to soak in the natural beauty, the well sedimented history and serene atmosphere of such an unforgettable little island. Looking for a place to dine! Café Canna is an award-winning little licensed café and restaurant on the shoreline overlooking the harbour serving freshly caught seafood.
This full day cruise to such a quiet and rugged location ought to tick all the boxes with landscape-lovers and nature enthusiasts alike!