The Isle of Carna is free from the distractions of internet and TV, and a phone signal can only be reached at the peak of Cruachan Carna. With no roads on the island, the sound of traffic is instead replaced by a seasonally shifting natural soundscape, unique to each Expedition.
Cocooned by the marine waters of Loch Sunart (Site of Special Scientific Interest & Marine Protected Area), Eurasian Otters, Common Seals and Harbour Porpoise can be viewed off the shores of Carna, even occasionally from your accommodation, along with an array of lesser observed marine wildlife such as Nudibranchs, Plumose Anenomes, Jellyfish, Starfish and Butterfish.
The private island is unique in that it is undergoing a state of rewilding; so the surveys and field work you undertaken during this Excpedition contribute directly to the Isle of Carna rewilding plan. You will learn how to discover and record the island’s biodiversity through the use of specialist equipment such as a Heath moth trap, Longworth traps, heterodyne bat detectors, camera traps and more.
In between your jam-packed itinerary of island exploration, wildlife surveys, wildlife photography conservation and fieldwork, you will also spend a day with Ardnamurchan Charters’ on a whale watching tour across the waters of this stunning part of west Scotland.
Expect Eurasian Otter, Red Fox, Red Deer, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Small Mammals, Common Seal, Harbour Porpoise, as well as stunning flora, fungi and coastal species. You are also likely to see Minke Whale and Basking Shark with our new inclusive whale watching tour.
Atlantic Oak and Hazel woodland
Sea Loch (Sunart)
Rooms shared between 2 people
All linen provided
Full kitchen (self-catered)
Loch Sunart, West Scotland
Heath moth trapping
Camera trap installation and analysis
Full species identification
Breeding bird surveys
Bat activity surveys
Wildlife and timelapse photography
Guided Whale and Cetacean watching tour
and much more.
5 to 7 people
I discovered so much both for the island and for myself on this Wild Intrigue Expedition, and learnt an incredible amount in the short space of time with it being so practical and hands on!!
The Isle of Carna is definitely a place to come to rewild yourself.
The best part about this Expedition has been seeing species such as White-tailed Eagle and Otter which I have never seen in the wild before.
Wild Intrigue has provided essential skills such as species ID methods, camera trapping and small mammal trapping, just to mention a few.
The Wild Intrigue Carna Expedition is a truly unforgettable experience that I would recommend to anyone interested in wildlife!
An uninhabited island, the Isle of Carna is the perfect place to go off the grid; an escape from work, television, phones and the internet. Your accommodation, Carna House, is situated looking across the beautiful Marine Protected Area Loch Sunart and is less than a minutes walk away from what Wild Intrigue guides have come to know as ‘Otter Bay’…
You and your new room mate will share a twin or bunk room, complete with a comfortable bed and all linen provided – who says you can’t have a little luxury whilst rewilding yourself? The house has a kitchen with a fridge and oven, in which you can prepare your meals, as well as a dining room and lounge. After a day exploring the island and encountering incredible wildlife, you can refresh yourself with a shower, or remember your day in a relaxing bath. Electricity running from a generator is available in the morning and evening, enough to let the whole house change cameras.
Carna House is cocooned by this beautiful part of west Scotland , so as perfect as the building may sounds, we can guarantee you will want to stay outside!
You will take part in Wild Intrigue’s fascinating surveys of the Isle of Carna, contributing to making new discoveries on the biodiversity of this private island; an inspiring example of rewilding in practice.
An island with rugged terrain to match its raw beauty, Carna can be a difficult location to navigate across for those exploring it for the first time. Through numerous visits, your Wild Intrigue guides have come to know the location of every ravine, cave and favoured Otter spraint spot along with so many other natural features which are waiting for your discovery. However there are still many mysteries to Carna which you will work towards resolving through the field skills your guides train you in.
Can you discover whether Pine Martens or Scottish Wildcats are still present on Carna using our Bushnell Trail Cameras which you will learn to set and install?
Will you be the Expeditioneer to record a new species of moth using our Heath moth trap? Or perhaps you will be the first to confirm that Bats roost in the caves of Cruachan Carna during your training in conducting bat activity surveys.
Imagine the other discoveries you will make whilst you are trained by your Wild Intrigue guides in Longworth trapping, undertaking breeding bird surveys and shoreline transects, full species identification, and not forgetting observing the behaviours of Eurasian Otters, Red Deer, and the neighbouring Grey Seal colony.
We just know that you will want to remember this Expedition, so we will introduce you to a variety of photographic techniques, so that you can fully show off your adventure to your friends. You will learn how to use portable hides to observe and photograph wildlife, offering opportunities to capture species exhibiting their natural behaviours whilst preventing disturbance. You will also have the opportunity to learn basic timelapse photography, enabling you to revisit the motion of the tides and the passing wildlife as often as you like once you return home.
Far away from cities and large towns, the Isle of Carna, situated off the coast of Laga Bay, is an Expedition which is almost as beautiful to arrive to as the location itself. You will meet your Expedition guides at Laga Lodge, Glenborrodale, and will carry everything you need for your week ahead onto a boat; your transport onto the Isle of Carna. Keep your cameras handy, as you are likely to see Common Seals, Herons and perhaps even a White-tailed Eagle flying overhead on the short 15 minute journey across Loch Sunart. Your boat journey is included in the Expedition cost, so you can keep your cash stashed away somewhere safe – not that there are any shops to distract you on the island.
Due to the remoteness of this truly wild Expedition location, we would recommend that you drive as a group to the meeting point which is the most environmentally friendly and economic option for a group travelling. We can help facilitate this once you have booked, however we can also offer advice on other methods of transport to Laga Lodge.