Benbecula

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Benbecula
Location
Benbecula is located in Scotland
Benbecula
Benbecula shown within Scotland.
OS grid reference: NF807525
Names
Gaelic name: Loudspeaker.png Beinn nam Fadhla (info • help)
Meaning of name: pennyland of the fords
Area and Summit
Area: 8,203 hectares (31.7 sq mi)
Area rank (Scottish islands): 16
Highest elevation: Ruaval 124 metres (407 ft)
Population
Population (2001): 1,219
Population rank (inhabited Scottish islands): 12 out of 97
Main settlement: Balivanich
Groupings
Island Group: Uists and Barra
Local Authority: Na h-Eileanan Siar
Scotland Lymphad3.svg
References: [1][2][3][4][5]

Benbecula (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn nam Fadhla) is an island of the Outer Hebrides in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Scotland.[6] It forms part of the area administered by the Western Isles Council.

In the 2001 census it had a resident population of 1,249, with a sizable percentage of Roman Catholics. This is slightly unusual because the Highlands and Islands is generally the religious territory of the Wee Frees, the Free Church of Scotland and its various offshoots.

References[change | edit source]

  1. 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  2. Haswell-Smith, Hamish 2004. The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate, p236. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7
  3. Ordnance Survey
  4. "Welcome to Benbecula" Explore Scotland. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
  5. "Benbecula" Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
  6. Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 20 August 2008.