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An island walk around Canna

A moderate walk (coast) in Highland, Scotland, about 15.80km (9.82 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 336m (1102ft)
Descent 327m (1072ft)
Max. Elevation 210m (688ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 663m (2174ft)
Start & End
Canna harbour
Distance 15.80km
Duration ~5:30h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 21 Sep 2015
The Isle of Canna, managed by the National Trust of Scotland, is a remarkable place to visit. Take the ferry from Mallaig and then take your time to walk around the coastline. There are a few accommodation options, as well as a community-run campsite. There's also a cafe on the island.

Walk Functions


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Take the ferry across to Canna from Mallaig.
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Follow the track from the pier to the woodland near Canna House.
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
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Pick up the coastline and start walking around the island, anti-clockwise.
About 0.61 km (~0.38 miles) from
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You soon reach Compass Hill, a good viewpoint for looking east.
About 0.43 km (~0.27 miles) from
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Veer slightly inland over Carn a Ghaill.
About 1.50 km (~0.93 miles) from
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You soon reach a stretch of coast above Camas Thairbearnais. Keep your eyes peeled for seals in the sea.
About 2.87 km (~1.78 miles) from
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Head uphill to cross the stream easily.
About 1.06 km (~0.66 miles) from
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The most westerly point of the island is at Garrisdale Point.
About 1.94 km (~1.21 miles) from
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Continue around the island by heading for the southern shore.
About 1.24 km (~0.77 miles) from
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The cliffs of Canna are famous for their bird populations. Keep your eyes open for puffins, guillemots and their chums as you go.
About 2.42 km (~1.5 miles) from
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Continue back to A'Chill, where you can enjoy something warming in the Canna Cafe: www.cafecanna.co.uk
About 2.77 km (~1.72 miles) from

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