CASTAWAY star Ben Fogle told the Gazette this week he would love to buy Taransay now it is on the market.
He said he had developed a real sense of connection with the islands and hoped to move here one day: “Ever since my year on Taransay I have always dreamed of buying the island myself. The birth of my new daughter, Iona, named after the island in the Inner Hebrides is testament to my love of the Western Isles and I still hope to one day move to this breathtakingly beautiful part of Scotland.
“Taransay is a remarkable island and I hope it falls into the right hands of someone who will care for the island and love it as much as those who have been lucky enough to visit and spend time there.
“The price tag is a little high for a new father with responsibilities, but I’d be interested in exploring Taransay opportunities with others!”
Offers of over £2million are being invited for Taransay which will be marketed by the Inverness office of leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith.
The island was made famous in 2000 when it was the location for the first reality TV show Castaway where a group of people lived on the island for a year.
It is made up of two islands connected together by a peninsula of sand, with spectacular white sandy beaches, rugged cliff faces and heather moorlands forming its remarkable and unspoilt landscape.
Taransay has been inhabited since about 300 A.D. when it was home to Celtic pagans. Throughout history it has been the site of fierce battles including the Massacre of Taransay in 1544, when the Morrisons of Lewis invaded.
At one time there were three villages on Taransay, but the population dwindled, with the last remaining family moving to the mainland in 1974 when the island became mainly a place for sheep grazing. However, in 2000 the island became home to a group of castaways as part of the hit television series. The original buildings on the island were renovated and since 2002 have been used as self-catering holiday cottages.
The traditional farmhouse has been recently refurbished and combines comfortable modern accommodation with truly outstanding views across the beach. The old school chalet has also been upgraded to a high standard with open plan accommodation overlooking the bay, whilst the bothy offers more basic accommodation, ideal for a group of up to ten.
The island also offers the country sportsman an abundance of activity whilst protecting the biodiversity of the area, with hill lochs teaming with brown trout, first class coastal and sea fishing, as well as a herd of around 200 head of red deer providing some enjoyable and sustainable stalking. In addition, the farm on the island is in hand and the extensive grazing supports around 680 breeding ewes and followers.
John Bound, of CKD Galbraith, said: “If you’ve ever dreamt of owning your own island paradise then the Isle of Taransay has it all to offer.
“The traditional buildings provide comfortable accommodation and coupled with sporting, farming and holiday letting enterprises, Taransay offers a unique opportunity not to be repeated in a lifetime.”
The island extends to approximately 3,445 acres and is owned in its entirety. The current owners are prepared to consider including in the sale a small land area on the sea front of South Harris, to act as a land base for a boat hut and compound from where a boat can be launched to Taransay.