Owning Taransay… ten years on
It’s ten years since Adam and Cathra Kelliher, the owners of Borve Lodge Estate, bought the beautiful Hebridean island of Taransay.
Taransay – Britain’s largest uninhabited island
First made famous by the BBC’s ‘Castaway 2000’ series – the UK’s first reality TV show – Taransay is Britain’s largest uninhabited island; people are believed to have lived there since around 300 AD, but there have been no permanent human residents on the island since 1974.
Effectively two smaller islands connected by a sandy isthmus, Taransay comprises about 3,445 acres of spectacular white, powder-like beaches, rugged cliff faces, heather moorlands and machair grasslands. Today it’s home to 200 red deer, 12 cattle, a seal colony, seabirds and golden and sea eagles and, under the guardianship of the Kellihers, is the focus of an ecological regeneration project.
In a recent interview with journalist John Ross from The Press and Journal, Adam and Cathra explained how, a decade on, they still experience the same awe-struck excitement about owning Taransay, and their plans for the future of the pristine Hebridean island.