Borve Lodge Estate

Scotland’s Greatest Escape 2023/2024 (The Final) – we’ve only gone and done it!!!

Scotland's Greatest Escape Winners Borve Lodge Estate, Isle of Harris.

Following our February appearance on the BBC TV series Scotland’s Greatest Escape 2023/2024, and our recent blog post sharing our experience of the filming, we are all so thrilled by the result of the final, naming Borve Lodge Estate as the overall winner.

To say we have been blown away by the response to our win is an understatement, with so many messages of congratulations and support from everyone on our social media, email and telephone calls. So a HUGE THANK YOU to you all.

We were up against some very stiff competition, all of whom shone in their own category, so the judges had quite a tough time making their decision. At one stage in the deliberations, judge Fiona Campbell exclaimed “This is impossible!….. I am really struggling” – it was a very close call. We must give a big shout out to both ‘The Bus Stop’ and ‘Cromlix’ who we were neck and neck with towards the end.

But, The Broch was the star of the show and the whole ethos of the Estate and the hard work of our team was reflected in the programme and the judges’ decision making.

The series also included another property from Harris, the Blue Hare in Lingerbay, and we hope these appearances will inspire visitors to come to the island, not just to stay with us but also at all the other wonderful accommodation the island has to offer from cottages to castles, B&B to bothies.

We are very proud of what we do at Borve Lodge Estate and would like to thank all our suppliers, contractors and occasional workers, who help us maintain the properties ready for the arrival of our wonderful guests. Of course we can’t forget our amazing housekeeping team who go above and beyond every week to keep everything on track.

It was an absolute pleasure to take part in the TV production and host judges Fiona Campbell, Vanessa Kanbi along with presenter Grado at The Broch. Our thanks go out to them and importantly to our guests who have supported us over the last 11 years, staying in all our properties, not only The Broch.

Adam and Cathra Kelliher with Grado, Scotland's Greatest Escape
Borve Lodge Estate was named the winner of Scotland's Greatest Escape 2024. Owners Adam and Cathra Kelliher received the award from Grado, Scotland's Greatest Escape.

The owners, Adam and Cathra Kelliher, said of the experience:

“The whole team at Borve Lodge Estate, are absolutely over the moon that our property, The Broch, has been crowned Scotland’s Greatest Escape 2024! It was a thrilling experience throughout, and we were honoured to welcome the judges to stay at the Broch, to show them our unique offering, and to whisk them across to Taransay.
A big highlight of the contest was to meet the owners and managers of the other finalist properties and to appreciate that there are other kindred spirits also offering quality experiences in Scotland’s remarkable and varied landscapes. Taking part in the programme reminded us how much Scotland has to give on so many levels. And whatever Scotland has, Harris has in spades!

The series also included another property on Harris and we hope these appearances will inspire visitors to come to the island, not just to stay with us but also at all the other wonderful accommodation the island has to offer.

This success is a validation of our wonderful team, their extraordinary hard work, and dedication to every detail. Without their incredible and indomitable spirit, none of this would have been possible. A huge thank you to everyone: you know who you are!“

Scotland's Greatest Escape Judges

Fiona Campbell, Scotland's Greatest Escape Judge
Fiona Campbell,
Scotland's Greatest Escape Judge
BBC Scotland show 'Scotland's Greatest Escape'
Vanessa Kanbi, Scotland's Greatest Escape Judge
Vanessa Kanbi,
Scotland's Greatest Escape Judge
The Broch, 2024 winner of BBC Scotland's 'Scotland's Greatest Escape'

2024 Winner of the BBC, Scotland’s Greatest Escapes

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