Owning Taransay… ten years on

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

Aerial view of Taransay, Isle of Harris.
Aerial view of Taransay, Isle of Harris.

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.