How do I get to Taransay? You can fly to Stornoway on Lewis with Flybe from Belfast, Benbecula, Barra, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Norwich, Southampton and Sumburgh. Most of these flights are via Glasgow or Benbecula. There are also flights available from Eastern Airways, to Stornoway, that fly via Aberdeen. There are three Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferries that service Harris. The two direct ones are the Uig (on Skye) to Tarbert ferry and the Berneray to Leverburgh ferry, further south in the Outer Hebrides. Also, there is a Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry from Ullapool on the north-west coast of mainland Scotland that arrives at Stornoway on Lewis. Taransay lies 2 miles from the west coast of Harris, separated by a stretch of sea called the Sound of Taransay. Day trips and week long cottage rentals depart from Horgabost beach on Harris. To travel throughout Scotland and the UK, you can book your tickets through The Trainline.
How do I get around Taransay? There is no transport on Taransay, but there are some excellent walks around the island.
What's worth visiting on Taransay? Taransay is made up of two islands connected by a narrow isthmus, with spectacular white sandy beaches, rugged cliff faces and heather moorlands. The sites of two ancient chapels are both at Paible (village & Landing Area) one is dedicated to St Taran where only women were buried and the other to St Keith where only men were buried. Also worth visiting are the Natural Rock Arch, Loch an Duin, Ben Ra` and Corran Ra` which is a spectacular sand spit that protrudes into The sound of Taransay.
Where can I stay on Taransay? The Farmhouse has accommodation for 6, the Old School Chalet which can also sleep 6 and the Bothy offers basic accommodation for up to 10 people. (Please note that Taransay was recently purchased by a couple from the Isle of Harris - therefore, the best place to book the accommodation would be the Tourist Information Office in Harris or Lewis - until other avenues are available).
Are there any books/DVD's about Taransay?
- The Isle of Taransay: A Harris island in its historical setting by Bill Lawson
- Castaway by Mark McCrum
Any other information on Taransay? The island was home to 36 people plucked from their normal lives to spend a year on Taransay. This programme was called Castaway and is recognised as the forerunner of hit reality shows like Big Brother. It drew nine million viewers and launched the career of TV presenter Ben Fogle.
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