Carna Farmhouse on the beautiful remote island of Carna in Loch Sunart nestled between the Ardnamurchan and Morvern peninsulas.
Carna is a totally wild destination. It isn't near shops, cinemas or theatres. There isn't a convenience store round the corner.........
What there is, is no traffic noise, no light pollution, clean crisp air and one of the last of the UK's wilderness areas.
The nearest road is over a mile and a half away on the mainland of Ardnamurchan at Laga. There is a small track between the 3 cottages on the island and a path some of the way up the hill. Carna is ideal to heal body and soul and get back in touch with the real you and the important things in your life.
Staying on Carna makes you part of that very small exclusive group of people who have visited this stunning island. Asking anyone who has been, including us.
Carna gets into your very soul and becomes part of you. Leave traffic and roads behind you at Laga and sail into a new world where the hustle and bustle of daily life becomes a distant memory.
The cottage is basic but clean and comfortable in all seasons. There are two bedrooms, a double and a twin with a double sofa-bed in the sitting room.
There is a family bathroom with bath, wc and wash basin, just perfect to enjoy a long hot soak after a day exploring out on the water or walking over the hills.
The warm and sunny conservatory has magnificent views over the loch and Carna narrows. The kitchen is fully equipped with a full size gas fridge freezer and gas cooker. Electricity on the island is provided by a generator.
Both the conservatory and dining kitchen look out over the shoreline and loch. The kitchen has three windows giving an all round view looking north, east and south providing a warm, dry and midge free gallery to see Otters, Common Seals, porpoise, a variety of ducks and terns, both White-tailed and Golden eagles and of course resident Red Deer making a unique island experience.
Here on Carna the wildlife, flora and fauna are part of the daily living of the island which bustles and bursts with life all around you on sunny and stormy days alike.
The cottage is warm and comfortable. Perfect for relaxing and enjoying the peace where the only sound is the sea outside, birds, seals and wildlife calling. During the Red Deer rut the island reverberates with the sound of the stags.
There are books, jigsaws and a few games for you to while away lazy evenings by the fire after spending the day exploring on land or sea in the fresh, clean air.
There is a fantastic self drive Pioner Multi boat included for your exclusive use throughout the duration of your stay. This includes instruction, all safety equipment, life jackets (fitted to size including children) and fuel. The pictures below are of the boats you will use around Carna and in Lochs Sunart and Teacuis. As you can see in one of the photo's dolphins are often quite curious about us too! We will give advice about how to watch marine and terrestrial wildlife without causing disturbance or injury. Of course Carna is also ideal if you would like to bring your own boat. We have a pontoon at both Carna and Laga available for guests to use which makes coming and going by boat so much easier. Otters also find the pontoon useful, using it as a convenient platform to eat on.
Transfers on and off the island are included in your holiday as is the use of a fully coded Pioner Multi boat.
At the start of your holiday you will cross Loch Sunart from Laga Bay with Andy in Charter boat "Laurenca".
We plan to leave Laga at 4pm. You will be helped with your luggage and shown round the cottage. Usually Andy, or one of the team, will come over the following morning and go over the boat with full instruction, allowing plenty of time for you to feel confident and competent to enjoy your holiday.
With your safety in mind we provide a VHF radio, and instructions, allowing you to contact us at any time if you have a problem.
The island is approximately a mile by a mile and a half with fantastic wildlife and fishing all around and spectacular views from the Ben Charna.
The ancient oakwoods, woodland and meadows are carefully monitored and cared for to encourage and sustain the varied and often endangered native UK flora and fauna.
Andy filming "Otters on Carna" with views across Loch Sunart to Laga Bay and Laga Lodge
There are rare corals in local waters and superb diving. If you are interested Carna Conservation Initiative is looking for individuals and groups to dive map around the island, please get in touch if this is something you may be interested in helping with.
The conservation Initiative is always looking for volunteers and if you would like to help with the work and offset some of the cost of your holiday please let us know what skills you have or email for an informal chat.
Follow the links below for short films shot on and around the island.
Fantastic Scenery We stayed for a week 3rd to 10th August 2013 at Laga Bay. Apart from staying at a fabulous cottage overlooking Loch Sunart, we had a fantastic boat trip with Tom (and Dexter his black lab) from Ardnamurchan Charters. Starting at Laga Bay we went out to Cairns of Coll to see harbour porpoises, many seals, followed by 8 basking sharks, 2 Minke Whales and various birds, on the way to Muck. The weather was great and a lunch in the Cairns of Coll, with its turquoise blue clear waters and inquisitive seals was one of the highlights.
Andy (Tom's dad) also took us on an interesting trip up and down the Loch including Carna.
Stunning part of world and great boat trips to be had.
Tony, August 2013
Wonderful day with self drive boat We set off into Loch Sunart after very clear and helpful intructions on how to drive the boat and safety intructions to look at the wild life and fish. The 3 of us had an amazing day, saw lots of birds and caught a mackeral. The most amazing thing, which is often the case in Scotland was the light. We had 4 seasons weather, rainbows, mist and sun all giving extraordinary light and views. The trip was advertised as disabled access but so many aren't even if advertised as such, getting on with the tide in was fine then getting off at low tide day could have been tricky but the day was truely complete when they pulled the boat in by tractor and i walked off on dry land! Most wonderful people and most wonderful trip.
Chris F. June 2014
A truly magical and fantastic holiday location We have to give a very special thank you to Andy, Allison, Tom, Graeme et al and to Tag, Spider and Hendrix (the dogs) for making our stay so pleasurable. Lucy our Labrador is missing all the attention from her doggy friends. The fishing on Loch Sunnart was absolutely superb. The pioneer boats are superb to fish from even in a choppy sea, exceptionally well equipped with everything you might need when out on the water, from safety equipment to deep water anchor. We also had 2 truly fantastic days fishing from Laurenca II with Graeme and Tom (Graeme next year we will get that Skate). The soup that Andy makes for the boat trips on Laurenca is truly delightful. If only I could get the recipe! The wildlife is also amazing from seeing the herons, eagles, Porpoises swimming right beside the pioneer boat and the otters running along the shore beside the pontoon - a truly spectacular sight. We cannot wait to return to Laga lodge next year. We loved the holiday so much that I booked it before we left. Robert has never stopped talking about his week’s holiday. It was definitely a very memorable week. Best wishes and we look forward to seeing you next October and if we can before then - Alasdair, Liz, Robert , Mary (Granny) and Lucy the dog woof woof
regular annual visitors to Laga Lodge
Christmas holidays, a blustery day at Ardnamurchan LighthouseWishing you and yours a belated Happy New year!We had a great time over Christmas and New Year celebrating with family here at Laga Bay. The weather was a bit mixed to say the least and the heav...
What a busy time we've had, a bit of an adventure really with two major events happening. Our first all inclusive Art Week on the Island of Carna and a refit and massive overhaul of Laurenca's engine and gear box.As always the maintenance work and repairs...
One of the gorgeous paintings resulting from Barry Herniman's recent visit to the beautiful island of Carna.Barry is a well known watercolourist and tutor travelling all over the world teaching groups. We're so lucky to be having him come to run a course ...
Now is the time of year where all our thoughts, and google searches ;), vere towards escaping the monotony of daily life and planning the next adventure.In the press and media adventure holidays seem to have to be in foreign, far flung places where most o...
We're starting to get excited and look forward to our first Plein Air painting holiday on the Island of Carna.Quiet painting, beautiful light and scenery, expert tuition, space, peace and tranquility as well as good food, company and support.View to the w...
It's a cloudy damp day on Ardnamurchan today and instead of getting on with jobs that I should be doing I've been dreaming about those long summer days.This, of course lead to a browse through some previous footage of summer filming. I had completely forg...
Someone commented recently on twitter that a view from a window is like a painting. It got me thinking about how true this is, a view from a window is a peek into another world.I say to everyone (or anyone who will listen!) that I never tire of the view f...
It was lovely at the weekend to get out in the woods at Laga Bay. With the sea and sky in the back ground the winter outlines and colours can be beautiful and to spend time sitting in the woods in such beautiful surroundings indulging in a bit of watercol...
We really pleased and excited to be offering our first painting course on the beautiful island of Carna in April 2016.There will be a limited number of places to stay on Carna itself with other accommodation available on the mainland at Laga Lodge. We are...
Happy New Year, wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!Wow another new year begins. It's been an exciting year here with lots of work behind the scenes with Carna Conservation Initiative . Things are moving forward but still lots of plans! If yo...
Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2016 from Andy and I here at Ardnamurchan Charters, Laga Bay. We're looking forward to seeing lots of old friends and meeting new ones throughout the coming year. Whether you're visiting the area and hiring one of our b...
It's been a day of weather here at Laga. We, along with most of the country, have had rain, hail, snow, winds and sunshine!Even 15 miles away in Strontian the snow is much deeper but here on the lochside at laga we are protected, tucked in under Ben Laga,...
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