The name 'bothy' can refer to either an estate workers cottage or a shelter which is open to anyone. In either sense, this traditional house will keep you cosy after a day's wandering through the machair and along Canna's sandy beaches.
- 1 and a half stories
- Sleeps 4 - 2 twins
- Open plan living room with kitchen/dining area
- Bathroom with shower over bath
- Multi-fuel stove
- Panel heaters
For larger groups Lag nam Boitean also sleeps 4.
Narrow, curved Canna is the furthest west of the Small Isles, a green fertile island known as 'the garden of the Hebrides'. It is connected to its neighbour Sanday via a footbridge and sandbanks at low tide, while a ferry service links it to the other islands and the mainland. Canna has been inhabited for 9,000 years; evidence of this is scattered around the island in archaeological finds that include an early Celtic Christian 'cursing stone' and the ruins of a medieval prison tower. More recently it became a hub of Gaelic cultural research by its previous owners, Dr John Lorne Campbell and Margaret Fay Shaw, whose extensive archive is kept at Canna House.
In the summer months the bay, known for its sheltered anchorage, fills up with small yachts. On these evenings the sunsets are spectacular, with views across to the Cuillin mountains of Rum.
Fewer than 20 people live on Canna. There are no roads and no shops other than a post office.
Please note, due to maintenance work the Bistro restaurant on Canna is currently closed. Guests are advised to contact the property manager on telephone 01687 462 963 to confirm opening hours.
Things to do
- Canna's wildlife is unrivalled, particularly its sea birds and marine life, so a day spent keeping one eye on the sea and the other on the sky is a must for visitors.
- Book a guided walking tour of the island's historical and archaeological sites with the Property Manager on 01687 462 963.
- Canna House Gardens are open daily. The 2 acre walled garden around Canna House was planted to attract bees, butterflies and moths with ornamentals, fruit, veg and lawns. Speak to the Head Gardener about a personal tour.
Caledonian MacBrayne operates the ferry service from Mallaig to Canna, www.calmac.co.uk, 0800 066 5000. During the winter season, weekly bookings are available on a Sunday - Sunday basis. Please note that all sailings are weather dependent and can be subject to delay or even cancellation, particularly during the winter months. Unfortunately, the National Trust for Scotland is unable to make any refunds due to the impact of bad weather / delayed or cancelled sailings. Therefore we strongly advise that you take out appropriate insurance.
Advanced Ferry Booking, September - 12th October 2013.
Please note that up until 12th October 2013, the normal ferry will be unavailable and will be replaced with a smaller passenger ferry. Therefore passengers travelling to Canna are required to book in advance. Bookings can be made by calling the Mallaig Ferry Terminal directly on telephone 01687 462403 (option 2)