Benbecula & Grimsay | Gary Ford

About

The name Benbecula, or Beinn na Faoghla in Gaelic, means Mountain of the Ford, which is apt for the island and its single hill, Rueval. With its endless tales of history and an abundance of natural heritage, there is plenty to explore. Looking for more? Then head to tiny Grimsay, to the south east of Benbecula, and discover amazing wildlife and excellent views to Canna, Rum and Skye.

Famous For

  • Borve Castle on Benbecula, built between 1344 and 1363, was home to John, Lord of the Isles, and occupied by the Clanranald until the 1715 Jacobite rising.

  • Benbecula has the largest settlement in all of the Uist islands. Many of the homes in Balivanich were built to house army families based on the island in the 20th century.

  • St Toranan, a monk from the 6th century, established Teampull Chaluim Chille to the east of Benbecula. This was his base whilst spreading Christianity to the Outer Hebrides and remains a large part of island life.

Ask an Islander

  • The local bakery, MacLean’s, is famous for its pies. Have a try of their curry or macaroni pie – you’ll not be disappointed!

  • If you’re looking for somewhere to spot an otter or two, head for Loch a 'Chinn Uacraich in Griminish – they’re often seen munching on the trout and relaxing by the loch.

  • Visit Grimsay in the spring or early summer for beautiful displays of bluebells, wild primroses and sea pink.

More Information

You can find some additional information about Benbecula & Grimsay at the links below

Visit Outer Hebrides

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


CalMac Ferries run services to North Uist and South Uist. Onward travel to Benbecula is by road via causeways. Bus services run from Benbecula to North Uist (W16 route) and South Uist (W17 route) Monday–Saturday.

Loganair offers flights to Benbecula from Glasgow, Inverness and Stornoway.

Find out more about getting to North Uist.
Find out more about getting to South Uist.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.