Benbecula or Beinn Na Faoghla an island in the Outer Hebrides. A mainly flat island, it sits between the larger islands of North and South Uist. It is, however, the island of the southern Outer Hebrides with most resources in the shape of shops, schools, colleges, and an airport. This is all explained by the fact that until recently the island had a military base related to a missile firing range. As a result most visitors, perhaps unfairly, pass through Benbecula relatively quickly.
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 housing a military base and the supply routes and other facilities that were necessary to maintain military personnel. These have 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.
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
Car hire is available from three locations, MacLennan's Garage, Balivanich, tel: +44 (0)1870 602191, Ask Car Hire, Creagorry, tel: +44 (0)1870 602818 and Laing motors, Lochboisdale tel: +44 (0)1878 700 267 website: http://www.laingmotors.co.uk
Bed and Breakfasts
Ceann Na Pairc Guest House is located in Nunton.