Balerno is a suburb of Edinburgh, found to its west and dates back to the 13th century. The area once had a thriving trade of paper, flax and pepper, though these died out after World War I.
It is thought Balerno gets its name from the Gaelic for Hawthorn Farm. Visitors can spend the day visiting the beautiful Malleny House, a 17th century National Trust property with ancient yew trees in its garden.
Every year in Balerno there is a beer and folk festival held in October. Balerno is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the red moss that grows there.
For residents and visitors there is plenty to get involved with including a tennis club, bowls club and rifle club. Only 12 miles from Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, it is home to many commuters.