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Canna

Thousands of years of human history share a Hebridean island with 20,000 breeding seabirds
View across Canna to Tarbert Bay with sailing boat in distance
Overview
  • Take your binoculars – Canna is a bird sanctuary and the island’s coastline supports over 20,000 breeding seabirds.

  • Seek out the Punishment Stone, where unruly islanders had their thumbs wedged into the hole.

  • Discover the amazingly rich archaeological landscape – from prehistoric fortifications to early 19th-century abandoned settlements.

  • Step through a beautiful tunnel of escallonia in the walled garden at Canna House into a bee-friendly sanctuary of lush lawns, flower-filled borders and fruit trees.

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Canna
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Entry prices

Adult
Free
Family
Free
One adult family
Free
Concession
Free
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About this place

Say hello to Canna! This small island to the south-west of Skye is bursting with human history. Canna is thought to have been inhabited since 5000BC, and now supports a small crofting community.

The island was donated to the Trust by Gaelic scholar John Lorne Campbell and his wife Margaret Fay Shaw, who together amassed and researched a huge collection of Gaelic and Celtic songs, stories, poetry and a unique collection of butterflies and moths.

Aside from people, Canna is also home to scores of wild creatures, from porpoises and whales to puffins and eagles.

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