Borve Lodge Estate

A Year Reviewed, Featuring the Hebridean Baker

A Swift Glance Back

As we step into February, it’s astonishing to reflect on how swiftly January has flown by. The year 2023 was a whirlwind of activity for us, marked by visits from a diverse array of guests – from kilt makers and film stars to fishermen and bakers. Among these, the presence of the Hebridean Baker stood out, bringing a taste of the islands to our estate.

Celebrating Tartan and Tradition

In March, we were delighted to host @macgregorandmacduff at the Lodge for the launch of their stunning new tartan, ‘Harris Mist‘. This event was a highlight of the year, showcasing the rich fabric of our culture.

A Gathering of Stars and Culinary Delights

July was another bustling month, with visits from Jon Gibb and Tavish Scott of Salmon Scotland to our fisheries, who left impressed by the beauty of Fincastle and Laxdale lochs. The estate also welcomed stars from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, who enjoyed a memorable day on Taransay.

Cast members from Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dominic Monaghan (aka Merry) and Billy Boyd (Pippin) enjoyed a day on the Isle of Taransay.
‘Merry & Pippin’ (far left and far right) with Oscar, Adam & Cathra Kelliher (centre).

The Hebridean Baker’s Visits

Notably, Coinneach MacLeod, known as the Hebridean Baker, graced us with his presence multiple times. His culinary skills were on full display as he whipped up delicious Taransay venison and tatties on Paible beach. For those intrigued by his recipes, a visit to the Hebridean Baker’s website is a must. His cookbooks are a treasure trove of Hebridean delights, promising an authentic taste of the islands.

A Year of Welcomes

Our self-catering properties saw over 350 guests from around the globe, from Inverness to the USA to Australia. Our dedicated housekeepers facilitated over 130 changeovers, ensuring each guest was welcomed with the warmth and hospitality the Hebrides are known for.

Looking Ahead: A Focus on Taransay

The year ahead promises excitement, particularly with Taransay set to be a focal point. We’re exploring ecotourism and adventure holidays, responding to the interest from prospective partners. This initiative aligns with our commitment to conservation and regeneration, promising a sustainable future for our beloved island.

An Invitation to Experience the Hebrides

We’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of guests throughout the year. We recommend booking early for those planning a visit to secure your spot in this Hebridean paradise. The island also looks forward to events like HebCelt on Lewis and the South Harris Agricultural Show and Sheep Dog Trials, deeply cherished by our community.

Discover More

For a true Hebridean adventure, keep an eye on the Lewis and Harris Trail and our Facebook page for updates on Taransay boat trips this spring. Whether you’re drawn by the allure of the Hebridean Baker’s culinary magic or the promise of an eco-friendly adventure, the Hebrides offer a unique escape into a world of natural beauty and cultural richness.

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