The Isle of Canna

Small Isles

Canna is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). It was gifted to the Trust in 1981, by its then owner John Lorne Campbell and his wife, Margaret Fay Shaw, and is still run as a farm with a traditional Hebridean community, as John Campbell requested.

The entire island is held inalienably, with all except the in-bye land (farmland) being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its geographical and biological importance. The island has also been designated a Special Protection Area under the EU Birds Directive, for its large population of breeding sea birds, and is covered by the Small Isles National Scenic Area designation. The island also boasts a number of scheduled ancient monuments, listed buildings and sites of historical and archaeological importance.

Canna’s dramatic coastline is a Special Protection Area, home to shags, puffins, razorbills and black guillemots. Seals, porpoises and basking sharks can be spotted and eagles circle above the crags. Canna offers wonderful walking, dramatic cliff edge hikes, white sandy beaches, sites of archaeological and historical importance, and three church buildings. Café Canna serves lunches and evening meals through the season and can provide wifi, telephone and basic provisions. Shower and toilet facilities at the farm. 

The Isle of Canna Community Development Trust has 10 visitor moorings. These will be around the periphery of the bay, leaving the traditional anchorage area available. Pay at the Community Shop next to the café. 

Tel: +44 (0)844 493 2100 NTS

Tel: 01687 482488 CAFE

Café Email:


VHF: Ch8 (Café Canna)

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