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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Boat trips to the unique Island of Canna

Skye Boat Trips provide trips to Loch Coruisk as well as to the small isles which surround Skye. One trip, which is a particular favorite, is to take a boat trip to the Isle of Canna. Taking a boat trips to Canna can be a great family day out. It will take about an hour to reach Canna from Elgol pier but this can change depending upon the wildlife which is around on the day. The Skipper of the boat, Oliver, will take you to see as much wildlife that is around on the day as possible. On route to Canna there is a chance you may see a number of different wildlife including Minke Whales, Dolphins and porpoise. It all depends upon what is around on the day though. Canna is famous for its Puffins as these are very often seen nesting on the cliff tops. Keep your eyes peeled when looking for the Puffins as Sea Eagles are very often spotted on the cliff tops too.

Taking a boat trips to Canna can be a great adventure for the whole family. If you have an old fashioned magnetic compass with you, you will notice that as you reach Canna a deflection is created. This is because as you reach the island there is a rock just off to the right known as Compass Rock which has a very high iron content. It means that anyone using an old fashioned compass to guide their boat while near the Isle of Canna has to be quite, really careful!!

On top off Compass rock you will see what is known to the locals as “The Jail”. It is thought that this jail was used in the 17th century by jealous clan chief Donald MacDonald who hid his wife, Marion MacDonald, inside to prevent other men from wooing her. It is thought that the Jail, also known as Coroghan is a possible Dun site meaning that it was once an ancient or medieval fort.

When you are on the island itself you will see that it is linked to neighboring island Sanday by a road and by sandbacks at low tide. You will also see on the island that there is a community shop, which runs on an honesty system where a percentage of the profits are given back to the community to support community projects. When on a boat trip to Canna you must also pay a visit to the Canna café. The Canna Café is a lovely little bistro at the harbor serving fresh seafood, light snacks and refreshments. It is well truly worth a visit.

A boat trip to Canna is a great experience with plenty of things for you to see and do. The Island has amazing views and scenery so make sure you have your camera with you. If you are interested in booking a boat trip to Canna then please get in touch with us at Skye Boat Trips.

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