kids encyclopedia robot

Benbecula facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts

OS grid reference: NF807525
Coordinates: 57°26′46″N 7°19′12″W / 57.446°N 7.320°W / 57.446; -7.320Coordinates: 57°26′46″N 7°19′12″W / 57.446°N 7.320°W / 57.446; -7.320
Gaelic name:
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 (2001): 1,219
Population rank (inhabited Scottish islands): 12 out of 97
Main settlement: Balivanich

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

Images for kids

kids search engine
Benbecula Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.