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The inhabited fairly large island of Benbecula (local name Beinn nam Fadhla) is part of (the island group) Outer Hebrides and is located in the country of Great Britain , Western Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 79.7 km. The surface-area of the island is 73.6 km2 and is therefore 0.194 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 119.9 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 14 km by 8 km (maximum width). The island is North - South oriented. The highest point is 124 meter and is named Ruibheal. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 57.45 (57°26'42.1008), -7.31 (-7°18'46.5336).


The population is 1219 and the population density is thus on 16.56 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Balivanich (located in the West of the island). Other places on the island are: Ramisch (O), Cill Eireabhagh, Aird Cumhang, Creagastrom, Rairean. The island is located in the North-northwest of the country Great Britain . It is located in the administrative unit Council area Outer Hebrides (local administrative level-name council area), in the Ward Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath (local administrative level-name Ward). Direct neighboring islands of Benbecula are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Grimsay Located 0.3 km East of the island.
2) Baleshare Located 0.5 km EastSouthEast of the island.
3) South Uist Located 0.8 km SouthWest of the island.
4) North Uist Located 2.5 km NorthEast of the island.
5) Berneray Located 24.7 km EastNorthEast of the island.
6) Skye Located 24.8 km North of the island.
7) Lewis Harris Located 32.4 km EastNorthEast of the island.
8) Eriskay Located 34.1 km West of the island.
9) Barra Located 38.8 km WestSouthWest of the island.
10) Scalpay Located 53.6 km NorthEast of the island.
11) Canna Located 54.1 km NorthWest of the island.
12) Rùm Located 64.1 km NorthWest of the island.
13) Soay Located 64.6 km NorthNorthWest of the island.
14) Isle of Raasay Located 67.1 km North of the island.
15) Scalpay Located 72.1 km North of the island.
16) Isle of Rona Located 72.7 km North of the island.
17) St Kilda or Hirta Located 78 km SouthSouthEast of the island.
18) Eigg Located 82.7 km NorthWest of the island.
19) Great Bernera Located 84.2 km EastNorthEast of the island.
20) Muck Located 85 km NorthWest of the island.
21) Coll Located 91.1 km WestNorthWest of the island.
22) Tiree Located 98.6 km WestNorthWest of the island.
23) Mull Located 104.5 km WestNorthWest of the island.
24) Ulva Located 117.4 km WestNorthWest of the island.
25) Iona Located 128 km WestNorthWest of the island.

The island is accessible by car (by means of ferry or bridge). The distance from Western-Europe (The Netherlands) is about 1287 km. Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.
The source material on the island consists of rocky surface. The land use on the island of Benbecula consists of Sand - Rock 1 km2 (1%), nature 4.9 km2 (7%), wet nature 43.7 km2 (59%), and agriculture 19.3 km2 (26%),


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