Balgreen

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Balgreen
OS grid reference NT2188427537
Council area City of Edinburgh
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Edinburgh
Postcode district EH12, EH11
Dialling code 0131
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Edinburgh West
Scottish Parliament Edinburgh Central
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Balgreen is a suburb of Edinburgh, located approximately two miles west of the city centre. It is located to the west of Murrayfield and Saughtonhall, to the east of Corstorphine, and to the north of Gorgie. It is bound to the north by Corstorphine Hill, to the west by Carrick Knowe Golf Course, and roughly to the east by Water of Leith.

Etymology[edit]

The name comes from Balgreen House once situated where Balgreen School now stands and is probably derived from Scottish Gaelic, perhaps being Baile na Grèine (Sunny Stead/Town) or most likely Baile Griain (Gravel Stead/Town) from the gravel on the riverbank, or perhaps from Baile Grianain (Stead/Town of the Sunny Enclosure). It does not, as some etymologies have suggested, come from "Ball Green". The Gaelic "Bal-" (Stead/Town) prefix can also be found in Balerno and is not unusual in the area. The placename Balgreen is also found near Murieston in West Lothian Lothian and in Ecclesmachan.

Amenities[edit]

The Water of Leith flows through here with the Water of Leith Walkway connecting the area to Stockbridge, Edinburgh to the north east and Colinton and Balerno to the south west. There is also a library, primary school, and a large park here, with facilities for football (soccer) etc., and a children's playpark.

Transport[edit]

The area is well served by transport, with buses mainly available on the Corstorphine Road and Western Approach Road bus corridors. From 2014 Balgreen tram stop will be served by the new Edinburgh Trams, connecting the area to the city centre and airport.

Coordinates: 55°56′34″N 003°15′23″W / 55.94278°N 3.25639°W / 55.94278; -3.25639 (Balgreen)