Ben Fogle in bid to buy Castaway island
Presenter Ben Fogle has set himself a new challenge – buying the remote island of Taransay where his television career first began.
The Castaway island in the Outer Hebrides has been put up for sale with a price tag of at least £2 million, but the show’s star fears it could fall into the wrong hands.
Ben, 38, said: “I owe my whole career to the island.”
He now plans to protect Taransay’s natural environment, and is considering creating a wildlife reserve and marine sanctuary.
“I don’t want to get hold of an island as a trophy,” he said. “I want to preserve it and save it.”
The BBC’s Castaway programme was one of the first reality shows when it aired 11 years ago. Ben became a household name when he roamed the rugged isle accompanied by his dog Inca.
He said: “I was last there last August for the 10th anniversary, and the island was looking in need of some TLC and quite a lot of work.”
The presenter said he spoke to the current owner, who told him it was becoming more difficult to keep the island cost-effective.
Since he found out on Wednesday about the sale of the 3,445 acre Hebridean wilderness, which comprises two islands connected by a peninsula, he has been seeking advice from friends and potential backers.
He said: “I’ve had the last two days to work out what I could do and how I could do it. What I’m doing now is trying to put together a team of experts and investors who can help me. I’m rather out of my depth.”