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Dalelia is located in Lochaber
Dalelia shown within the Lochaber area
OS grid reference NM736693
Council area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Acharacle
Postcode district PH36 4
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
List of places
56°45′40″N 5°42′15″W / 56.76099°N 5.70408°W / 56.76099; -5.70408Coordinates: 56°45′40″N 5°42′15″W / 56.76099°N 5.70408°W / 56.76099; -5.70408

Dalelia or Dalilea (from Scottish Gaelic: Dàil Eileadh, Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [t̪aːl ˈelɘɣ])[1] is collection of houses on the north shore of Loch Shiel in Acharacle district of Argyll, Scottish Highlands and is in the Scottish council area of Highland. Kinlochmoidart is to the north.[2] The alternate Gaelic name "Dàil an Leigh" has been suggested but this is believed to be a folk etymology for Dàil Eileadh.[1] It is perhaps most famous as the birthplace of the renowned 18th century Gaelic poet Alasdair mac Mhaighstir Alasdair;[3] his father and elder brother held the tack.[4][5][6] Today, Dalilea is a working farm with self-catered accommodation for tourists and boats for hire.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba - Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland - Database Dalilea". www.gaelicplacenames.org. 
  2. ^ a b "Welcome to Dalilea Farm". Dalilea Farm. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Alasdair mac Mhaighstir Alasdair". BBC. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Thomson, Derick S. The Companion to Gaelic Scotland, (Blackwell Reference 1987), ISBN 0-631-15578-3
  5. ^ "Reverend Alexander Macdonald, 1st of Dalilea". The Peerage. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Alexander Macdonald". The Peerage. Retrieved 16 January 2017.