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English nameBallachulish
Gaelic nameBaile a' Chaolais
Meaningthe town of the strait

Location and type of place name

LocationLochaber, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Lismore and Appin
County post 1891
Old geographical areaNorth Lorn
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaPH49
Relevant main roadsA82
OS sheet number384
OS grid referenceNN085585
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG baile ~ village; caolas ~ narrows, straight
Element typewater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. baile, masc `town' + gen. sg. masc. def. art. a’ (leniting) + lenited gen. sg. of caolas, `strait' = `the town of the strait'
Ballachulish = Slate 1820 Thomson
North B. = Belmachulish
South B.= Ballahulish
Ballachulish 1875 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Bail’ a’ chaolais Dwelly 1912
Bail a’ chaolais 1971 MacMillan
Baile a’ Chaolais Mac an Tàilleir 2003
Baile a’ Chaolais a Deas current road signage.
Additional infoThis name is established and transparent.

Ballachulish Quarry ~ Creag-sglèata Bhaile a' Chaolais
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