The name of the island means ‘Mountain of the Fords’ and Benbecula is sandwiched between North and South Uist, now all interconnected by stone causeways. In days gone by these islands were separate and crossing were made over the mudflats only at low tide. The island has some lovely sandy beaches, including a long stretch just below the airport runway. The island’s economy is probably somewhat dependent on the airport and military base at Balivanich. Partly as a result of this, Benbecula is home to 1800 people which makes it relatively densely populated.