• Tigh Dearg Hotel

    Hotels, self catering, bed and breakfasts a youth hostel and a campsite.

  • Ardmaree Stores and Lobster Pot Tearoom
    Eating Out

    Benbecula has restaurants in hotels and the famouse Stepping Stones restaurant in Balvanich .

  • Attractions

    View a range of attractions, including wildlife, historic sites, beaches and the swimming pool..

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

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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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Isle of North Uist
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New website for Benbecula

Explore the Outer Hebrides is part of Explore Scotland and has recently been upgrading its websites.  This Benbecula website is the second one to be completed in the Uist set of sites.  Isle of Benbecula to follow soon

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Events this month

    • Events on August 2, 2014
      Callanish Stones Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: August 3, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Callanish Stone Circle, United Kingdom
      Description: Looking for a challenge this New Year? Get your name down for the biggest sporting event ever to take place in the Western Isles.Take advantage of our early bird offer, £10 off your entry fee until 28th of February!
    • Events on August 4, 2014
      Clan MacNeil Gathering
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: August 8, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: 32 Garrygall Isle of Barra Outer Hebrides HS9 5UH
      Description: Worldwide Gathering of the Clan MacNeil. Four days of events for visitors and residents to the island. Celebrating connections across the globe with MacNeils and Barra.
    • Events on August 8, 2014
      Harris Tweed Hebrides Tattoo
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: August 8, 2014 - 10:00 pm
      Location: Lews Castle Green, Castle grounds
      Description: Two day Hebridean Extravaganza of Piping, dancing, singing and other events. The Tattoo will feature six time World Champions ,the Simon Fraser University Pipeband From Vancouver, together with 8 other piebands from all over Scotland.
    • Events on August 9, 2014
      Carnival day in Stornoway
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: August 9, 2014 - 10:00 pm
      Location: Stornoway
      Description: Pipebands and floats parading through the town. 7.30pm Grand Concert at the Sport Centre, featuring Simon Fraser University Pipeband, Julie Fowlis and the Lochies. Grand Concert featuring, Sambayabamba band, a youth accordion band, the Lochies, a Gaelic Choir, Julie Fowlis and her band, and the Simon Fraser University Pipeband in concert.