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Owning Taransay… ten years on

Cathra and Adam Kelliher. Taransay.

It’s ten years since Adam and Cathra Kelliher, the owners of Borve Lodge Estate, bought the beautiful Hebridean island of Taransay in Scotland.

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.

Taransay, Scotland’s Remote Island Haven

The Isle of Taransay is a remote and stunningly beautiful island located in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Known for its rugged terrain, pristine beaches, and rich wildlife, Taransay is a nature lover’s paradise. Today, the Isle of Taransay remains an unspoiled wilderness, offering a unique and unforgettable experience to those who venture to its shores.

Taransay boat trips are a great way to explore the surrounding waters and experience the island from a different perspective. Borve Lodge Estate offer a range of trips from April to October. Visitors can spot dolphins, porpoises, and whales, as well as a variety of seabirds such as eagles, gannets, and terns. The boat trip even offers the chance to visit and explore the unique landscape and wildlife. Whatever your interest, a Taransay boat trip is a must-do for any visitor looking to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Outer Hebrides.

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