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Canna is a beautiful island in the Inner Hebrides, 8km long by 2km wide and containing features of considerable importance to natural history.

The smaller island of Sanday is adjacent to Canna and can be accessed at low tide. The visitors’ first impression of Canna and Sanday is of a fresh, green landscape with small dwellings and inbye farmland.

St Edward’s Church on Sanday and the lighthouse look over the Sound of Canna to the high cliffs of Rum. Rising behind the farmland on Canna are the Tertiary basalt cliffs, 60 million years old, showing as brown terraces intersected with green slopes.

Map of Canna

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It is hard to imagine that not so long ago, in 1821, there were 436 people living on the island working the land whereas today there are only thirteen.

Canna and Sanday are owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland and are designated a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), and Special Protection Area (SPA) for their seabird interests.

How to get there

Ferries to Canna leave from Mallaig several times a week. Visit for the latest timetable.