Isle of Benbecula
The Isle of Benbecula is a predominantly Roman Catholic island connected to both North Uist and South Uist by causeways.
Benbecula is a very strong Gaelic-speaking island, with around half of its residents speaking the language. Part of the island is community-owned, but this was only achieved after much negotiation.
Balivanich is the main village on Benbecula, being home to Benbecula Airport, which has direct flights to Glasgow, Stornoway and Barra. Travelling from these locations to North Uist is therefore very convenient flying via Benbecula, and then travelling on over the causeway to North Uist itself. There are no ferry services attending the island.
The western half of Benbecula is cultivated, whilst the eastern half is consists of bogs, freshwater lochs and sea lochs.