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With a superb Atlantic beach, machair, lochs and moorland , this attractive island is a stepping stone between North and South Uist. Until the causeways were built it could be reached by fords across sandy channels only passable at low water.

Balavanich, or ‘Town of the Monk’ in Gaelic, is the main settlement and the administrative centre for the whole of the South Island. It owes its importance to the airport built here in 1942 during World War II. More recently, as the headquarters of the Hebrides rocket range it has been a significant military base, though this is no longer anything like as important as it once was.

A nine hole golf course just outside the airport was built by the army. Now Benbecula Golf Club, it is owned by the community with visitors particularly welcome.

Find out more on Benbecula from the community website

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