is a suburb of Edinburgh
situated 12 kilometres south west of the city centre, next to Juniper Green
. Administratively, Balerno falls within the jurisdiction of the City of Edinburgh Council
Its name derives from the Scottish Gaelic Baile Airneach
, meaning "townland/town of the hawthorns". The earliest written records of Balhernoch or Balernach are found in the late 13th century.
The 18th Century brought substantial development to the area, with many new flax (evidence of flax production can be seen in Harlaw Woods), snuff and paper mills springing up around the Water of Leith
. These mills were a prominent feature of village life until fairly recently. After the First World War house building began in earnest in the area and since then residential pressures have almost overwhelmed commercial and industrial ones.
Balerno Community High School
was founded in 1983. Dean Park Primary School is the local primary school, and it was split over two locations in Balerno until 2009.
Culture and attractions
Balerno is home to Currie RFC
, who play at Malleny Park. Currie
won the Scottish Rugby Union Scottish Hydro Electric Premiership Division One
in 2007 and 2010.
Malleny House & Gardens
The 17th century Malleny House and its surrounding gardens are owned by the National Trust for Scotland
. While the house is not open to the public the gardens are and consist of a walled garden set... Read More