Welcome to Benbecula

Benbecula in Gaelic is Beinn na Faoghla which means Mountain of the Ford. This is a very apt name for the island and it's solitary hill, Rueval, which is in fact a stepping stone between North and South Uist. The islands are connected by a series of causeways but once upon a time crossing to the Uists would mean fording the dangerous stretches of tidal sands.

Balivanich is also known by it's Gaelic name, Baile a' Mhanaich which means 'town of the monks'. This refers back to the 6th century when there was a monastery here and the ruins of Columba's Church can be found just south of the village. Balivanich is the main administrative centre on the island and here can be found a Post Office, hospital, primary school and several shops and cafes.

Explore Outer Hebrides Guide with Maps. 2015- 2016

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The hamlet of Lionacleit is the home of the Uists' main secondary school, which also doubles as a community centre containing a swimming pool, cafeteria, sports facilities, a small museum and a library.

Benbecula has a long military history An airfield to the north, built during World War II, became the control centre for the Hebrides rocket range, established during the Cold War and is now Benbecula Airport, An army base was established  here in 1958 and is one of the main employers on the island as it is the headquarters for those who service the South Uist missile testing range. The airport was upgraded during 2001 and early 2002 in preparation for the Eurofighter Typhoon test programme. During the tests in April 2002, the £16 billion aircraft fired an Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile on the Hebrides test range, the first of this type of missile to be fired from a Eurofighter.

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We are back :). Open every day from 09.30 till 20.00 The weather is improving. First fun kayak trip done. Archery equipment is in, with Alicia as our new instructor. Bicycles are waiting to be hired out. Contact us for daily activities and availability. Hope to see you soon...... :)

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Does anyone know of any long term accommodation I.e. Croft house, gatehouse, farm/estate, cottage bungalow chalet or similar, maybe hard to let property? Something semi isolated? Or requiring modernising, painting etc.
We are a M50 & F38 I am long term disabled (22 yrs now) and my partner is my F/T carer, (I can walk but require wheelchair for long walks)
We require a bungalow preferably with level access to enter, a 1 or 2 bed property would suffice as just the two of us now, no kids, we don't smoke nor drink and are really just seeking peace & quiet as that's what's best for my various ailments, to get out of he rat race so to speak, we have two King Charles spaniels (that will cause little issue, as they go everywhere with us thus are never left home alone so to speak) but are generally well behaved anyway loving nothing more than a free run about and a dip in a watercourse for a drink and swim before going home again !!
The rent would require to be paid by the DWP rent benefit dept, but please do NOTE we are NOT unemployed thus have in the whole 25 some years we have had no issues in ever getting the rents covered, if it helps partner could look at possible P/T appointment as rental security, we will listen to anything "legal" mind as an alternative (always open to suggestion to be of mutual benefit to both parties is generally I find best long term) .
The property MUST have a bath (not just a walk in type shower cubicle as I require to soak my muscles daily) CH/DG wood burner or open fired have NO furniture as we have a full. 3 bedroomed property currently we would be vacating to take your property on, it's a local HA secure tenancy that we are willing to surrender in order to gain peace, quiet and just to get it the rat race, we would further requie a securely fenced in garden (for the dogs) a driveway directly up to property on some sort of hard standing so if wheelchair is required to aid my transfer from car to house this can be done easily, condition overall not really important so long as dry (from damp etc and totally safe (secure), and a totally detached dwelling.
We are both easy to get on with, keeping ourselves to ourselves, by in large, were happy to help where and if we can however, With some previous experience in animal husbandry, I am all but housebound now so am rarely seen through winter!! and not often in summer, we both have full clean driving licences and a new car, permission for shed, greenhouse and fencing to secure perimeters required if not already in place, as we grow a fair amount of veg and flowers and must keep our dogs safe and secure at all times, very close proximity to water, a loch, river or burn ideal for dogs walk, and when I'm able I like photography, WIFI must be able to be fitted, references available upon request, anything else feel free to ask, if you are not yourself able to help us but you know someone who can please ensure they get our details E- or PM me here Many thanks for reading we look forward to hearing from you in due course Dougie ....
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My son and I are planning a cycle ride from Vatersay to Stornoway this June. Couple of questions. Firstly, am I right there is little 3G coverage so best to use B&B/cafe/hotel wifi. Secondly, should we cycle up South Harris west or east road. Third, where are the worst hills! Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less

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