TV presenter Ben Fogle was back in his ‘happy place’ on Saturday (1 May) as he spent a Bank Holiday filming in the Isle of Harris.
The much-loved adventurer was officially working for the BBC’s religion, faith and ethics department, but he spent Saturday morning on Taransay, the island where he first came to public notice 21 years ago as one of the experimental community of Castaways for the millennium.
In 2018, filming for a Channel 5 series in the same location Ben said: “This is my happy place. The most beautiful, most perfect place in the world. Without my Castaway year in the Outer Hebrides there would have been no Everest, no Atlantic row, no South Pole race. Life would have been a little duller.”
On Saturday he joined volunteers in a beach clean organised by North and West Harris Trusts around the shoreline of Luskentyre, meeting local residents and putting backwork into lifting a sizeable amount of marine litter from the shore.
A spokesperson for West Harris Trust said: “He couldn’t have been nicer. He was looking at aspects of faith in our small rural community, including the keeping of the Sabbath, for a programme which is expected to be shown in the autumn.”
Ben also made a lunch-stop at Lorna’s Larder, just south of Tarbert, where he had the choice of hand-dived scallops, Stornoway black pudding or a cauliflower pakora ‘Taransay burger’.
Eventually, according to Lorna, he plumped for the distinctly exotic choice of a Cajun chicken melt, and he socialised with other customers while he ate.
Pictures show Ben with (l to r) Iain Maciver of West Harris Trust and rangers John and Clara on Luskentyre beach, and with Lorna Macaulay as he selected his lunch menu.