The Bothy, Canna


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With the calm Hebridean sea breeze on your doorstep and views that will take your breath away, an escape to Canna is a tonic for the soul. This warm, wood-panelled bothy sits on the site of the original 17th-century Canna House.
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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.
 
Accommodation details

  • 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.
 
About Canna
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.
 
Cafe Canna is situated next door to The Bothy on the island and serves wholesome local produce, fresh seafood, light snacks and refreshments. Please check prior to your holiday opening hours of the Cafe as these can be restricted during the year (telephone 01687 462 251). There are also details available on www.cafecanna.co.uk.

 
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.



 
Getting there
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 < Less

Services

Assistance dogs onlyChild's cotColour televisionDogs AllowedDVD playerFreezerMicrowaveNo smokingOpen fireProperty available for festive breaksProperty available for winter breaksRadioWashing machineWiFiDog-friendly

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Facilities nearby

Bird-watchingHill walkingCostal holiday

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Green Tourism Award

Green Tourism Award - Bronze

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From inside the UK call 0844 493 2108
From outside the UK call +44 (0) 131 243 9331
US Toll Free number 1866 211 7573