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Distance: 10km

Start time : 11:30am  

Route : The track is uneven and without tarmac therefore trail trainers are suggested.  It will contain at least two steep climbs. Marshals and water stations will be provided along the route.

Cost : Cost to enter is £15.00. Fill in the form and we will email you a Paypal invoice. 

Payment before arrival is essential: Entries on the day cannot be accepted. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and numbers will be limited. Refunds cannot be given.

Registration on arrival : Registration will be at the Shearing Shed at Canna Farm from 10:00am. Changing space will be available in the Shearing Shed but the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for the safety of property left there.

Under 18s : Not allowed (sorry).

Dogs : Not allowed (sorry).

Race times : The organisers 

cannot give an accurate time for your run.

Toilets and Shower :

Toilets are available at the Square, the community shop and the pier. A shower is available (cost £1.00) at the Square.

CEILIDH & Bar : There will be a ceilidh in the evening in the Shearing Shed. Tickets for the ceilidh will be available at the door. A bar will be run in the Shearing Shed by Cafe Canna with food available - stovies or mac-n-cheese- yum!  

Getting here : At this time of the year it is possible to visit Canna on a Saturday and return to Mallaig on the same day.


The ferry leaves Mallaig at 07:30am, arriving into Canna 10:00am. It then leaves Canna at 18:25, returning to Mallaig for 20:55.


Full timetable available here

PLEASE NOTE – vehicles cannot be brought onto the island.

Yachts – there are 10 community moorings in the bay – charge £10.00 per night

Staying on Canna : If you decide to stay on Canna click here to see all the options available. 

Food options : Cafe Canna will be open for drinks, lunches and evening meals (booking required for the latter). Visit cafecanna.co.uk. 

Finish times for 2019 are available through the links below, congratulations to all our runners and big thanks to all the marshals and supporters on the day! 

ROUTE Click image to zoom in

Trail description
NB Please keep to the left when sharing the track
with runners going in the other direction.

The run is entirely on an unevenly surfaced, vehicle width track. In some parts of Section 1 there will be unfenced drops to one side and in Section 2 there will be potentially slippery surfaces on the Sanday road bridge and also along the tidal road (tide will be out!). Trail shoes are strongly recommended.

Section 1

Start in the yard beside the Shearing Shed. A short stretch of easy running along the bay takes you to the first fork just before a small white cottage (Jane’s Cottage) on the track.

Fork right at Jane’s and continue through the lambing fields and along the track beneath spectacular columnar basalt rock formations.

Just before the 3k mark, the track climbs steeply for a short while with unfenced drops on the seaward side.

A steep and winding descent follows with unfenced drops on the seaward site, continuing down to the end of the road in the Tarbert field.

There will be a turnaround and water station in the field. Start back along the same track as the outward run. This is the longest uphill on the run with steep sections and unfenced drops to one side. Enjoy views over Sanday and across to Rum as you start the climb. 

Take care on the following steep downward section but don’t forget to enjoy the fine views of the north cliffs of Rum.

Section 2

Return to the Jane’s Cottage junction (6.5km – over half way!) and turn right going over the road bridge to Sanday. The bridge can be slippery in wet weather so take care.

Coming off the bridge, head straight on up the short hill on Sanday’s brand new (2018) non-tidal track ‘Finlay’s Road’ and past the small shrine to ‘Our Lady of the Seas’. As you reach the highest section of this track around the 8km mark, there should be spectacular views of the Skye Cuillins.

You will come to a T junction with a water station and on the right you will see St Edward’s church. This was built at the end of the 19th Century but has since been deconsecrated and despite attempts at renovation, ongoing damp has rendered it unusable. You will also see the tops of six small wind turbines – part of the Canna renewable energy scheme that came on line in October 2018. Turn left here.

Run down hill toward the shore and turn left onto the old tidal road. Note that this is very uneven and parts of it, particularly after the 9km mark, can be very slippery. Be careful with tired legs!

Return over the Sanday road bridge and along the track to the finish, just before the Shearing Shed.

We hope that you have a great day! 

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