Benbecula

Benbecula Beach

Benbecula or Beinn Na Faoghla is an island in the Outer Hebrides. In the main it's low-lying and sits between the larger islands of North and South Uist, to which it is joined by causeways. However it possesses more resources than its neighbours in the shape of shops, schools, colleges, and an airport as a result of having been, until recently, a military base and missile firing range. As a result, most visitors, perhaps unfairly, pass through Benbecula relatively quickly.

Settlements

Balivanich is the main village.

Nunton is a Hamlet located just outside Balivanich

Creagorry is a small village at the south end of Benbecula

Uachdar is a village at the north end of Benbecula

Understand

Benbecula is the 'cushion' between the northern Protestant islands, and the Catholic communities of South Uist and Barra. It was dragged into the modern world more quickly than the other neighbouring islands by virtue of its military base and the need for supply routes and other facilities necessary for maintaining a military presence. These have now largely, if not totally, disappeared, but the island has been left with a legacy of unlikely institutional housing developments and, depending on ones viewpoint, the more welcome facility of an airport.

Get in

Causeway from North Uist

By road

Benbecula is linked by causeway to North Uist via Grimsay and to South Uist. Ferries from Skye serve Lochmaddy in North Uist. Ferries from Oban serve Lochboisdale in South Uist.

By air

Flights to Benbecula Airport operate from Glasgow, Barra and Stornoway.

Get around

Car hire is available from three locations, MacLennan's Garage, Balivanich, tel: +44 1870 602191, Ask Car Hire, Creagorry, tel: +44 1870 602818 and Laing motors, Lochboisdale tel: +44 1878 700267 website: http://www.laingmotors.co.uk

See

Borve Castle

Do

Buy

Eat

Sleep

Hostels

Bed and Breakfasts

Ceann Na Pairc Guest House is located in Nunton.

Hotels

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