Skye and Canna photographed from space

THE small Hebridean isle of Canna has become a major online '˜star' after British astronaut Major Tim Peake posted pictures of Scotland from space.

Canna and the West Coast of Scotland from space

Cafe Canna, a little licensed eatery on the shores of the island, sent the photo featuring the West Coast of Scotland on social media, and has been inundated with followers.

Owner Chris Deplano said: “For such a small populated island, it was quite unique and exciting to see Canna, and neighbouring Isle of Skye, from outer space.

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“It was quite cool. We posted it on Twitter and Facebook and have had an amazing response.

Cafe Canna

“Perhaps Major Peake would like to pay us a visit when he returns to Earth.”

Tim Peake tweeted the stunning picture of Scotland from on board the International Space Station.

Major Tim, who became the first British-born spaceman on the ISS in December, wrote: “It looks like a great day to be climbing a Scottish Munro today!”.

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The tiny cafe is a famous stopping off point for tourists, particularly those who enjoy fresh Scottish seafood.

Tiny Canna currently has a population of just 12 and is the most westernly of all the Small Isles. It is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

The islands became part of the Kingdom of Scotland in 1266 under the Treaty of Perth and power was passed to the Macdonalds of Clanranauld. Like other Small Isles Canna was victim to the destruction by Sir Lachlan Maclean’s mercenaries in 1588.

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In the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 a Royal Navy vessel arrived and the crew demanded 20 cows from the islanders,

Canna was sold to Donald McNeil in 1827 and several clearances followed his death in 1848.

The post-clearance population is recorded as 57 in 1881.

Since 1981, the island has been run by the National Trust for Scotland. There is virtually no crime on Canna, but the island suffered its first robbery in more than 50 years in July 2015 when sweets and woollen hats were taken from the community shop and no money left in its honesty box.