The island of Taransay became part of Borve Lodge Estate when it was purchased by the Kelliher family in June 2011. The island is one of the most pristine locations in the Outer Hebrides, with stunning talcum-sand beaches, rolling machair meadows, gargantuan rocks and various archaeological sites. Taransay has some recognition in Britain as it was the location for the BBC TV series, Castaway 2000.
Guests staying at the estate may be offered the opportunity to visit Taransay when we are making trips across from Harris in either of the estate vessels, our RIB, or our landing craft, The Verley Anne. We are on Taransay almost daily during the summer months, so weekly visitors will probably have opportunities to make the brief crossing, which takes just a few minutes from West Harris. But given the vagaries of Hebridean weather we prefer not to commit to visits in advance, as we do not want to disappoint. So when booking accommodation, please indicate your interest in visiting Taransay, and we will of course do our best to ensure you experience true island solitude. We do not offer any commercial trips to the island.
Taransay is home to a herd of some 220 Red deer who share the island with Golden and Sea Eagles, a whole host of sea birds and a large seal colony. The island still supports a healthy head of sheep which belong to one of the local crofters.