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Our holiday home is on the Island of Carna in the middle of Loch Sunart in the Western Scottish Highlands, between the peninsula of Ardnamurchan to the north, and the remote hills of Morvern to the south. This beautiful island of 600 acres has a heather covered rocky peak of 550ft, with spectacular views stretching out over the neighbouring island of Oronsay, towards Mull and as far as Coll.
A colony of common seals breed on the rocks of a small adjacent island. Herons, oystercatchers, terns, cormorants, eagles and sometimes, even sea eagles are some of the more spectacular birds that can be seen around Carna. Ravens, herons and buzzards nest on the island. Porpoises are frequently seen in the loch and otters in the channels around the island.
Our family has owned Carna since the 1870s. It has recently been refurbished to make a warm, well-equipped, homely base for trips on or off the island, or as a secluded retreat with a good supply of books and games for afternoons and evenings around the open fire. As there is no electricity, there is no TV, no computer and no phone, so children have no excuse to stay indoors!
Cooking is by a bottled gas stove, lighting is by gas or candle, and heating/water by a Parkray Anthracite stove, open fire and closed stove. There is a large gas fridge. A 16ft. boat with outboard engine and lifejackets is provided; caretakers are contactable by radio at any time. Carna's 600 acres are free from traffic (there are no roads) so if you want to bring your pets they can wander freely in perfect safety.
Cost includes use of motor boat, transfers to and from Carna, linen, all cooking, heating, lighting and water heating fuel.