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Gaelic name About this sound Beinn nam Fadhla 
Meaning of name pennyland of the fords
OS grid reference NF807525
Physical geography
Island group Uists and Barra
Area 8,203 hectares (31.7 sq mi)
Area rank 16 [1]
Highest elevation Ruaval 124 metres (407 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 1,219
Population rank 12 [1]
Largest settlement Balivanich
References [2][3][4][5][6]

Benbecula (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn nam Fadhla) is an island of the Outer Hebrides in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Scotland.[7] 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 | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  3. Haswell-Smith, Hamish 2004. The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate, p236. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7
  4. Ordnance Survey
  5. "Welcome to Benbecula" Explore Scotland. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
  6. "Benbecula" Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
  7. Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 20 August 2008.