The Parish of Balerno lies in the valley of the Water of Leith at the foot of the Pentland Hills, on the south-western outskirts of Edinburgh, astride the A70 to Lanark and about 8 miles from the centre of the city.
Coming by bus?
Balerno is served by a frequent 44/44A/N44 Lothian bus route to and from the city centre.
Coming Car by car?
From the North (Fife) and West (Glasgow) follow the M8 to the roundabout at Hermiston Gate; turn right at roundabout as if to join the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720) heading South, but take the immediate slip road for the exit for the A71. Turn right at A71 roundabout heading west, turn left (H-Watt Univ, Riccarton) and follow until reaching the A70 at Currie. Turn right along the A70 towards Balerno and turn left at the traffic lights into Balerno centre.
From the South follow the city bypass untill the Baberton exit. Turn right at end of slip road, right at the Wester Hailes roundabout, and right again at the traffic lights at Juniper Green onto A 70, follow the A70 into Balerno and turn left at the traffic lights.
Coming by Bike or on foot?
Balerno is at the top of the Water of Leith walkway.
Originally just a small village community, with farming and paper making being the main forms of industry, the last fifty years have seen great change in the nature of the village with the building of a number of large and small housing developments, the main estates being built around the local authority housing erected after the two world wars. The population has increased to some 8,600 people and the village has become principally a residential area for Edinburgh in the process.
Although much increased in size, it still retains its identity and village atmosphere while being part of the Edinburgh District. With the demolishing of the mill, Balerno no longer has a major independent industry, but instead, a few small businesses.
There are three schools within the Parish – Dean Park Primary School, Balerno Community High School and Harmeny Residential School for children with serious educational and social problems. The primary school accommodates a large local authority nursery, while the village is also home to a private nursery school.