• Tigh Dearg Hotel
    Accommodation

    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.

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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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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 on June 28, 2014
      Harris Arts Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 6, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Ferry Road Leverburgh Isle Of Harris
      Description: A week of events throughout Harris
      http://www.harrisarts.org
    • Events on July 5, 2014
      Isle of Harris Half Marathon
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 6, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Isle of Harris
      Description: The Isle of Harris Half Marathon is a popular and scenic race organised by the Stornoway Running and Athletics Club. http://www.halfmarathonlist.co.uk/isle-of-harris-half-marathon.php
    • Events on July 6, 2014
      Fisherman's Mass
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 7, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Castlebay Isle Of Barra
      Description: Annual blessing of the fishing fleet. An open air Mass followed by freshly cooked herring and a Ceilidh in the evening.
    • Events on July 6, 2014
      Ceolas Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 12, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Isle Of South Uist
      Description: A week long event of Gaelic song, dance and music. http://www.ceolas.co.uk/
    • Events on July 12, 2014
      Point Agricultural Shows
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 13, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Aird Showground Point Isle Of Lewis
      Description: Fun for all the family. Attractions, craft stalls, displays/demonstrations, highland dancing and music.
    • Events on July 14, 2014
      Sail Stornoway Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 20, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Stornoway Harbour, Quay Street, Stornoway, United Kingdom
    • Events on July 16, 2014
      Hebridean Celtic Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 20, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Stornoway Castle Grounds
      Description: Renowned for its truly special atmosphere HebCelt radiates out from its supershows in Stornoway’s Castle Grounds to intimate venues in rural communities. With a host of fringe events to sample, lose yourself for the weekend in one of the most stunning festival locations in the world. http://www.hebceltfest.com/
    • Events on July 18, 2014
      In My Father's Words'
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: July 18, 2014 - 8:30 pm
      Location: Balivanich Community Hall
      Description: Dundee Rep Theatre. My Father’s Words is a beautiful play about identity – national and personal – and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two. In the year that the Commonwealth Games come back to Scotland, the Rep presents a play which re-tells the Scottish emigrant story for our times.
    • Events on July 19, 2014
      In my fathers words
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: July 19, 2014 - 9:00 pm
      Location: Daliburgh, South Uist
      Description: Dundee Rep Theatre. n My Father’s Words is a beautiful play about identity – national and personal – and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two. In the year that the Commonwealth Games come back to Scotland, the Rep presents a play which re-tells the Scottish emigrant story for our times.
    • Events on July 23, 2014
      South Uist Highland Games
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 24, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Askernish Machair
      Description: Traditional day of Highland Games
    • Events on July 31, 2014
      North Uist Agricultural Show
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: August 1, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Tigharry Isle Of North Uist Outer Hebrides HS6 5DE
      Description: Agricultural Show held at Hosta Machair, North Uist.