Gaelic: Baile Ailein, Bail' Ailein
Balallan Post Office
|Post town:||Isle of Lewis|
|Council:||Na h-Eileanan Siar|
|Na h-Eileanan an Iar|
The township has the distinction of being the longest village (four 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.
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