Balallan

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Balallan
Balallan Post Office - geograph.org.uk - 137426.jpg
Balallan Post Office
Balallan is located in Outer Hebrides
Balallan
Balallan
Balallan shown within the Outer Hebrides
Language Scottish Gaelic
English
OS grid reference NB285206
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF LEWIS
Postcode district HS2
Dialling code 01851
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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58°05′31″N 6°36′25″W / 58.092°N 6.607°W / 58.092; -6.607Coordinates: 58°05′31″N 6°36′25″W / 58.092°N 6.607°W / 58.092; -6.607

Balallan (Scottish Gaelic: Baile Ailein, Bail' Ailein), meaning "Allan's Town", is a crofting township on Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Balallan is within the parish of Lochs.[1]

The township has the distinction of being the longest village (4 miles measured from end to end) in Lewis, and also in northern Scotland. Straggled along the head of a long sea loch between Arivruach and Laxay, it developed due to a mixture of crofting along the loch shore and fishing. It sits at the head of Loch Erisort.

Those on the loch side were each given direct access to the loch for their boats as well as access to the moorland behind for their sheep. They also attended to their croft, given relative shelter from the elements by the high ground to the west.

The village formerly had a police house, and currently houses a post office.

Just south of the village there is a cairn that stands as a memorial to the Deer Park Raiders.[2] It is one of three Land Struggle cairns to have been commissioned on the Isle of Lewis.[3]

Balallan, Isle of Lewis.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Details of Balallan". Scottish Places. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Raid, Arrest and Trial of Pairc Deer Raiders". Lochs Community. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Land struggle Cairns". Pròiseact nan Ealan. Archived from the original on 5 May 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2007. 

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