Though remote, Carna is still accessible at just over an hour’s drive from Fort William, 3 hours from Inverness and Glasgow and 4 hours from Edinburgh to our departure point at Laga Bay where you will be met by Andy and the team.
From Laga Bay (PH36 4JW) we will take over and transport you and your luggage across Loch Sunart to Carna where we will unload and settle you in to your cosy accommodation and give you a quick introductory tour to familiarise yourself with your new surroundings. The following morning Andy will give full instruction with the boat, fit life jackets and allow time to ask any questions you may have. The post code for Carna island is PH36 4JS.
Then you’ll be left in peace to enjoy the Carna island at your own pace.
There are several transport options that will get you to Carna:
The drive from Inverness (A82 south),alongside Loch Ness and the length of the Great Glen, is one of the most scenic drives in the world. You then take the historic ‘Road to the Isles’ towards Mallaig and pass over stunning coastal scenes as you descend down onto the Ardnamurchan peninsula turning west (right) at Salen onto the B8007 to Laga Bay.
Heading north from Glasgow or Stirling (A82 north), the route is just as breath taking, driving across the wild and desolate Rannoch Moor and down through historic and majestic Glencoe. Turn left to the Corran Car Ferry which runs across the Corran narrows every 30 minutes, tickets are bought on board. Leaving the ferry turn left and follow the A861 towards Strontian which is situated at the eastern end of Loch Sunart. Continue until you reach the village of Salen turn left onto the B8007 continuing along the south shore of Ardnamurchan peninsula heading west for 5 miles to Laga Bay.
Arriving at Laga Bay for transfers to Carna Island
Laga Bay is approximately 1 hour from the Corran Ferry and 5 miles from Salen. Be aware there is virtually no phone signal once you are past Salen. Once you arrive at Laga Bay park your car in the small car park on the left immediately before the cattle grid. Go through the wooden gate at the end of the car park, down the slope and steps to Ardnamurchan Charters where we will be waiting to meet you.
We are equally situated between Inverness Airport and Glasgow International Airport which connect to London and several international destinations. We can then arrange transfer by train, bus or arrange car hire.
You can also transfer to a sea plane that will take you a breath-taking flight from Glasgow direct to the island allowing you to get to us from London in 3 hours. However, this service can be weather dependant.
Fort William can be reached by train from Glasgow Queen Street or direct from London Euston via the romantic Caledonian Sleeper.
The Glasgow train departs 4 times a day and winds gently along the world famous West Highland Line up through the glens, over historic viaducts and deserted moorland. It was voted the top railway journey in the world in 2009 by the readers of Wanderlust travel magazine and is an experience in itself!
The Caledonian Sleeper provides an overnight service from London Euston to Fort William and is one of the last sleeper services still running in the UK. This romantic way to travel in style allows you to board after dinner around 21:00 waking up refreshed and having your breakfast staring out across the emptiness of Rannoch moor from the comfort of the buffet car before arriving in FW just before 10:00am.
From here, transfers or car hire will bring you to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, where we will meet you with the boat.
Local company Fort William Car Hire are very good and will meet you at the train station on arrival/departure.
There are several Taxi providers in Fort William but we may be able to collect you for an additional fee. Please contact us for details.
The local bus to Kilchoan will stop at Laga bay if you ask the driver to stop at ‘Ardnamurchan Charters’ where we will be waiting for you.
Every visitor arrives by boat, as Carna is only accessible across Loch Sunart. We meet you at the Laga Bay, where we transfer you, your luggage, your provisions and your pets, ready for your stay on the island. However, if you have you own boat you are welcome to arrive by this means, just let us know. We have a large private pontoon on the island and a mooring buoy for the use of our guests.
Still not sure?
We are more than happy to discuss transport arrangements with you before or after you book, just Contact us by email or phone.