18 great photos of Balgreen over the years including the primary school, bowling green and Saughton Park

Looking back at life in the Edinburgh area over the years

Balgreen is located approximately two miles west of the city centre, most commonly known for its primary school, Balgreen Primary, and Saughton Park.

The name comes from Balgreen House once situated where Balgreen Primary School now stands and is probably derived from Scottish Gaelic, perhaps being Baile na Grèine (sunny farm) or Baile Griain (gravel farm) from the gravel on the riverbank, or perhaps from Baile Grianain (farm of the sunny enclosure).

The Water of Leith flows through here, connecting the area to Stockbridge to the north east and Colinton and Balerno to the south west. There is also a library, primary school and a bowling green here.

While the large Saughton Park includes a modern playpark, skatepark, football pitches and a running track, as well as extensive gardens with a visitor centre, cafe and bandstand.

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