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Welcome toCanna

One of the best places to see golden and white-tailed eagles, and a Gaelic archive at Canna House.

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Puffins and eagles

Apart from the bustling seabird population on the island's basalt cliffs, Canna is best known as a peaceful retreat. The island is owned by the National Trust, and Canna House has an excellent archive of Gaelic materials. There are puffins and eagles, and the eatery Cafe Canna  in the bay serves good local food with great views.

Take care on our coast: slips and falls can happen in all locations, not just high cliffs. Check out these  RNLI Safety Tips   #RespectTheWater

For more information on Canna visit the Small Isles  and Isle of Canna website.

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How to get here

The Canna ferry leaves from Mallaig, and stops off at one of the other Small Isles, Rum.

Get the ferry to Canna from Mallaig on the mainland. You must make a booking for both vehicles/passengers and also if you are taking a bicycle if you wish to travel by calling our   Mallaig Office . If you are taking a vehicle you must have a permit to travel ( see timetable for more information).

Looking for the best form of travel to and from our ports? Our Public Transport Journey Planner can help you plot your journey from anywhere in the UK, using a wide range of public transport companies.

We have listed some travel information below that you may find useful:

Getting to Mallaig

Mallaig is a port on the North West coast, and makes a great base for your adventures on the Isles.

By car

Mallaig is roughly 3 hours and 30 minutes from Glasgow, 4 hours from Edinburgh by car. There are no electric vehicle  charging points on the Small Isles however three rapid charging points are available in Mallaig at the West Bay Car Park, approximately 300m from the Terminal Building.

Postcode for sat nav

Mallaig Port: PH41 4QD

Travelling without a car

By train

From Glasgow it is possible to catch the train direct to Mallaig, on one of the World's most beautiful train journeys. The fastest train takes 5 hours 14 minutes and includes a crossing on the famous Glenfinnan viaduct which featured in the Harry Potter films. 

By bus

Mallaig is easily reached by bus from Glasgow with a change in Fort William.  

By foot 

The Isle of Canna is the most westerly of the Small Isles archipelago among the Scottish Inner Hebrides. It's only 4.3 miles long and 1 mile wide, but is a haven for wildlife that includes rare butterfly species and the magnificent sea eagle. For budding hillwalkers, the top of Compass Hill offers beautiful views of both Skye's Cuillin Hills, and the Western Isles - the last outpost before North Atlantic.

By bike

Canna has 6.5 km of flat roads that offer magnificent views of the Isle of Rum with the island of Sanday in the foreground. It is possible to access the island of Sanday by means of a small bridge connecting the two islands.

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The timetable information used is powered by Traveline and may not account for service changes, tidal amends or additional sailings. The information therefore may be subject to change. Please check the Service Status page before you travel.

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