Meaning ‘Mountain of the Fords’ the island of Benbecula is nestled between North and South Uist, now all interconnected by stone causeways. In days gone by these islands were separate, with the crossing made over the sands, 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.