Things to Do: On the Water
Scotland is a legendary fishing country and sea fishing is free wherever you are! So if fishing is your bag, don’t forget to pack your rod when you come to Carna. We also have rods and reels you can hire for the chance to catch and taste some of the fish your local fishmonger is unlikely to stock such as Saithe and Lythe as well as Sea trout, Gurnard, Cod, and Mackerel. We can also offer sea fishing trips aboard Laurencia for a chance to go to other waters and see more of the coastal scenery and wildlife. Further fly fishing is available on various river and lochs nearby on the mainland. We can organise day tickets for you and instruct you how to get there. Options include salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing on the Shiel, Strontian, Polloch and Aline rivers and on a wide variety of local lochs and lochans. Local tuition is also available. With lobster pots you can also have a unique and different experience of setting and lifting the creels to see what’s lurking below the waves in Loch Sunart. With low tides and a rocky shore mussels are easy to pick. A foodie’s paradise!
With your own boat included in your stay, we ensure you have full safety and handling tuition for pottering around the island and into Loch Teacuis or further back along Loch Sunart. This is great for seeing wildlife such as seals, eagles and porpoises as well as scenery. You can also use your boat to launch a walking or exploring expedition on various points of the mainland. We do however recommend you join us for whale watching and wildlife boat trips further afield which can easily be included in your stay on the island. We have regular trips to Tobermory, Muck, the Sound of Mull and around Loch Sunart but we can also design a special trip for you by request.
For those into braving the wild waters we are ideally placed. You can swim in the sea off our private pontoon or any point around the island from the shore or your boat. There is also a number of hill lochs and rivers in the area which you can take a dip into after a good walk up there and even a waterfall to jump off. For those not experienced we definitely recommend a wetsuit and you must be aware of tides and currents before swimming as well as always swimming with someone but it can be a great way to freshen up!
Kayaking & Canoeing
Kayaking or canoeing are great ways to explore around the island and wider Loch Sunart. Excellent for seeing wildlife up close it is also a great way to get active and learn a new skill for those who haven’t done it before. We can arrange a sea kayaking session for you from your Carna base with full instruction and guidance from Steve, Lizzie and Tristan from Sea Kayak Arisaig. They offer a variety of options from introductory sessions to full accredited training courses and even overnight wild camping expeditions.
Diving around the island and Loch Sunart Marine Protected Area is a fantastic way to explore the largely hidden under water world and the huge diversity of marine life it holds. You might find yourself joined by an inquisitive seal, see crabs fighting or be amazed by the colourful corals and sea fans. Diving facilities for experienced divers with equipment are offered by our partner Ardnamurchan Marine Centre and we have a project with them to survey the waters around the island every year to monitor its condition.