Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. 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 most westerly of the Small Isles, Canna was donated to the Trust by Gaelic scholar John Lorne Campbell and his wife Margaret Fay Shaw, who together amassed a huge collection of Gaelic song and poetry. Aside from people, Canna is also home to scores of wild creatures, from porpoises and whales to puffins and eagles. Take your binoculars – Canna's coastline supports over 20,000 breeding seabirds.
The island's cultural background, archaeology and ornithology make it one of the most interesting islands in the Hebrides. Sustainable farming and crofting systems are carried out on the island, which is a Special Protection Area for its large population of seabirds. The Island is also a Special Area of Conservation.
The only way to travel to Canna is via boat.
Ferry from Mallaig, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (01475) 650100.
There are also cruises operated from Mallaig and Arisaig:
Arisaig Marine (private charter) tel (01687) 450224; www.arisaig.co.uk
Bruce Watt Cruises (private charter), Mallaig Harbour tel (01687) 462320; www.knoydart-ferry.co.uk