10 Day Wildlife Break
The Isle of Canna is home to our “big 5” species of Eagle, Otter, Seals, Puffins and Dolphins which can be seen regularly on the island. Canna also has recorded 248 species of plants including an area of Machair full of wild flowers in the summertime and a population of 20,000 breeding seabirds. This 10 day break will give you the opportunity to see our ‘Big 5’ , many other birds and animals and Canna is also a working sheep and cattle farm. Our peaceful Isle of Canna is superb for walking and to discover the history and the archaeology of the most western of the Small Isles archipelago in the Scottish Hebrides.
Canna Campsite is committed to reducing its environmental impact. Run on renewable energy, we enable recycling, use eco-friendly cleaning products, encourage wildlife and support community projects.
Visit us for a peaceful experience of nature and wildlife!
Book our 10 Day Wildlife Break and spend your days exploring the Isles of Canna and Sanday:
• Take our Puffin Trail to the Sanday seabird colonies
• Follow the Canna and Sanday Coastal paths to spot passing dolphins and whales
• Accompany our NTS Ranger to discover Canna’s wildlife, history and archeology
• Picnic on Garrisdale Beach, collect cowrie shells and watch the seals
• Discover Canna’s wide range of wildlife, history and archeology
• Explore our Dark Skies to see the stars emerge after the beautiful sunsets
• Enjoy a Canna Kitchen breakfast of fresh baking and local produce
• Browse Canna Community Shop for local produce, arts and crafts
• Sample local produce at Cafe Canna and a glass of “The Jack” our local beer!
Choose your accommodation for your 10 Day Wildlife Break :
West Caravan: suitable for 4 people with kitchen, toilet, shower.
Sanday Caravan: based on Sanday and suitable for 4 people with kitchen, toilet, shower.
Puffin Pod: a unique home for 2. Double bed, toilets and showers on site.
Eagle and Otter Pods: spacious for 2 (can sleep 4). Double bed, toilets and showers on site.
Canna Bunkhouse: sleeps 8 with full kitchen, toilet, shower, wood burning stove and outside dining area.
Bedding, linen and towels included in all properties. Gas and electric and logs provided for fire pits/stove.
All accommodation is stocked with tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper and oil. Less for you to shop for!
Our pods have an external kitchen cook shack fully equipped with pots, dishes and utensils
This 10 Day Wildlife Break includes a complimentary Canna Kitchen welcome breakfast pack of homemade bread, butter, marmalade, granola and Burnbank Cottage free range eggs
Day 1: Arrive at Canna to be met by Isebail, the Canna Campsite manager, who will transport your luggage. Isebail was born and bred on Canna so can help you discover the best of our island! Walk to your accommodation and relax into your new home for the next few days! On the way book a meal at the award winning Cafe Canna and check in at the award winning Canna Community Shop! In the evening you can take the Puffin Trail and enjoy the sunset on your return walk.
Day 2: Start the day slowly with your Canna Kitchen homemade breakfast that we have prepared for you. Then a slow climb up Compass Hill where you can see the northern cliffs and watch out to sea for dolphins, whales and seabirds. Walk west on the Canna Coastal path to reach the Highest Point trig point. Continue on along the northern cliffs towards Tarbert and drop down to join the road.
Day 3: Stroll through the woodlands, visiting the Celtic Cross, then onto Coroghon Beach and the “Prison”. With a stop at Cafe Canna for lunch and a browse through Canna Community Shop and Canna House gardens this is a more relaxing day. Time to write a few postcards - drop in the postbox to ensure you get your Isle of Canna postmark!
Day 4: Take the Sanday circular path which leads you past the puffin stacks and seabird colonies, including Bonxies! This walk will give you beautiful views with the chance to see seals, porpoise, dolphins and basking sharks out to sea with eagles and seabirds skywards.
Day 5: Take a walk towards Tarbert, the Souterrains and the Viking’s Grave with northern cliff views. This walk takes you to 3 of our key Otter Trail sites so keep your eyes open for otters and for dolphins, seals and whales out to sea. In the evening watch the sunset or visit Cafe Canna for drinks and their super local menu.
Day 6: Relaxed wildlife walk: Take the road behind the Post Office to the woodland gate - walk up to Tighard. Through the small gate - turn right to walk along Tighard Park, cross the stream and head north to see Sea Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and the northern cliffs. Climb to the top of Compass Hill for views over to Sanday and Skye. Walk down via Coroghon to arrive at Canna Shop and Cafe Canna and round off your day with a glass of “The Jack” Canna’s very own craft beer!
Day 7: Today is the day to hit the heights again. Cross over the Sanday Bridge and take a right, follow the coast and make a steady climb up Tallabric. This great spot for picnics and whale watching gives spectacular 360 views to the other islands. Stop at Sanday Beach on the way up or down for a refreshing swim!
Day 8: Community support: While visiting our island you can help our environment and community. Our Get Drastic With Plastic project collects beach rubbish - its fascinating what arrives on our shores!
Our roll up your sleeves and volunteer at Canna House Garden in our community vegetable garden. If you have a specific skill or expertise and would like to offer that to the community please let us know.
Day 9: Make sure one of your days is spent on one of our lovely beaches..Sanday, Coroghon, Tarbert or Garrisdale. The waters are super clean and clear for snorkelling and swimming.
Day 10: Spend the morning packing up, checkout at 10am and leave your bags to be collected for the ferry. Take the opportunity to have a stroll past Tighard, follow Saturnino’s Path through the woodlands and descend to Canna Community Shop and Cafe Canna on your way to the ferry. Say goodbye to Canna for now and start planning your next visit! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Our peaceful Isle of Canna full of nature and wildlife looks forward to welcoming you!