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English nameBalnain
Gaelic nameBaile an Àthain
Meaningtown of the little ford

Location and type of place name

LocationInverness area, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Urquhart and Glenmoriston
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaIV63
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNH433305
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG baile ~ town + àthan~ little ford
Element typehabitationwater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS maps

Further Information

Language notes 
SourcesBail’ an Athainn – the Town of the Ford MacKay 1893 and 1914
Additional infoThere are a number if other places in Scotland with a similar form. Most of the others represent Beul an Àthain. This particular name belongs to a cluster of Bal- names.
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