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Island life offer sparks interest
Canna (Pic: National Trust for Scotland)
Canna is in the Small Isles off the west coast of Scotland
The owner of a tiny Scottish island which advertised for new residents has received interest from 150 people.

The National Trust for Scotland announced at the weekend that it was offering two homes for rent on the Hebridean island of Canna.

Currently, the farming and crofting community has just 15 inhabitants.

The trust is hoping that the new families, with the right kind of skills, will be able to secure the long-term survival of Canna.

There is archaeological evidence that people have lived on the island, which is part of the Small Isles just south of Skye, since the fifth millennium BC.

NTS, which has owned the island for the last 25 years, said there were potential employment opportunities for people with building, gardening, electrical or plumbing skills.

Employment on Canna is mainly associated with agriculture in the traditional farming of sheep and cattle together with crofting.

Tourism also plays a role with about 30,000 people visiting every year.

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