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Lewis, Balallan

Head Dyke (Post Medieval), Lazy Beds (Post Medieval), Township (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Lewis, Balallan

Classification Head Dyke (Post Medieval), Lazy Beds (Post Medieval), Township (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Baile Ailein

Canmore ID 133754

Site Number NB22SE 5

NGR NB 2900 2050

NGR Description Centred NB 2900 2050

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Lochs
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty



A township comprising eighty-six roofed buildings, eight partially roofed buildings, three of which are annotated as ruins, twenty-nine unroofed buildings, twenty-one of which are annotated as Ruins, and what may be two phases of head-dyke is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Ross-shire, Island of Lewis 1854, sheet 37). The land within the head-dyke has been divided into plots by five or six N-S walls which may be the beginning of the lay-out of crofts.

This site is located within the modern crofting township of Balallan as shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1973).

Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 9 July 1997.


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