Our Community


"Balivanich is also known by its Gaelic name, Baile a’ Mhanaich which means “town of the monks”. This goes back to the 6th century, when there was a monastery in Balivanich. The ruins of Columba’s Church can be found just south of the village.

Benbecula in Gaelic is Beinn na Faoghla which means “mountain of the ford”. This is a very apt name for the island and its solitary hill, Rueval, which is a stepping stone between North and South Uist.

The islands are connected by a series of causeways, but once upon a time crossing to the Uists would mean fording the dangerous stretches of tidal sands"



Sgoil Bhaile a' Mhanaich prides itself with it's strong links with our local community.  We regularly work alongside local businesses and voluntary groups, ensuring our pupils have an awareness of the importance of community, develop a sense of belonging, a strong sense of self and a sense of connection.