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Scottish Gaelic: Baile Mhullaich
Scots: Bawmullo
Balmullo is located in Fife
 Balmullo shown within Fife
Population 1,098 [1] (2001 census)
est. 1,480[2] (2006)
OS grid reference NO427210
Council area Fife
Lieutenancy area Fife
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town St Andrews
Postcode district KY16
Dialling code 01334
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament North East Fife
Scottish Parliament North East Fife
List of places

Coordinates: 56°22′42″N 2°55′43″W / 56.378393°N 2.928686°W / 56.378393; -2.928686

Balmullo (Gaelic: Baile Mhullaich) is a village in Fife, Scotland. It is 7 miles (11 km) from the town of St Andrews and near to the villages of Lucklawhill, Guardbridge, Dairsie and Leuchars. Royal Air Force base RAF Leuchars is also nearby.


The name Balmullo derives from Celtic bāile "village" with mullaich "top". The village name was recorded as Beilmullhoh in 1282.

Now largely a dormitory settlement, it was once a weaving village. Balmullo was the home of the picture postcard cartoonist Martin Anderson ('Cynicus') whose red sandstone Cynicus Castle was demolished in 1939, seven years after his death.[3]

Balmullo today[edit]

Balmullo benefits from a Spar grocery store which also doubles as a Post Office. Balmullo also has a pub; The Balmullo Inn public house. Each year, on the second Saturday of every June, Balmullo holds a rock festival which in the past has featured artists such as Slayer, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath & The Prodigy. It sports such attractions as a beer tent, football tournament, and various races for children.

The Balmullo Primary School is located in the heart the village.[4] A village newsletter is also published online.[5]

In 2002, the town appeared in news articles after a black panther was allegedly spotted nearby.[6][not in citation given]


Balmullo quarry

The quarry at Balmullo extracts orange-pink felsite (red pathway chippings), and lies to the west of the village. Minerals found here include azurite, baryte, malachite, metatorbernite, and pseudomalachite.

Balmullo Farm, owned by HW Melville and Sons, is located on the edge of the village.


Nearby travel links are:

  • Leuchars rail station, 1.6 miles (2.6 km) 1.6 miles
  • Cupar rail station, 5.8 miles (9.3 km) 5.8 miles
  • Dundee airport, 10 miles (16 km) 9.5 miles


  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Balmullo Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 2001-04-29. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  2. ^ http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/publications-and-data
  3. ^ "Martin Anderson". Madras College. Archived from the original on 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Balmullo Primary School". Fife Council. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  5. ^ "The Balmullo Newsletter". Balmullo Community Council. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  6. ^ "Scottish Big Cats : Panther sighting in Balmullo, 9th March 2002". Scottish Big Cats. Archived from the original on 4 January 2006. Retrieved 2006-01-03. 

External links[edit]

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The Courier

The Courier
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:22:30 -0700

Bottled water supplies were being relied upon by hundreds of households and businesses in the Leuchars, Guardbridge and Balmullo areas today as engineers continued to work to resolve “complex” water problems which affected mains supplies for a third ...

Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Sorry, you must sign in before you can print full articles. Custom byline text: Lesley Duncan. The poet is Jenny Elliott; the publisher The Shed Press of Balmullo. LES ARBRES. These are the farmers,. the ones with tall shadows;. it could be late, it ...


Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:00:00 -0700

SIR – Having spent two of my tours in the Army stationed in Scotland, I have watched a militancy at first confined to the Scottish Socialist Party extend throughout the SNP. It is now manifested as intolerance of any cooperation between the British ...

Fife Today

Fife Today
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 03:07:30 -0700

Claire Barr (54) and Moira Christie (60), both from Balmullo, hope to raise between £15,000 and £20,000 to pay for the facility at Rymonth House in St Andrews, where Claire is a team leader. The house, which is run by the Edinburgh-based ARK Housing ...

The Courier

The Courier
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:37:30 -0700

For pupils at Balmullo Primary School, the answer is when you get to inflict one on your teacher. In response to the worldwide internet craze that has seen millions dousing themselves in cold water to raise money for charity, the Fife school today ...

allmediascotland.com (press release)

allmediascotland.com (press release)
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:22:30 -0700

Finlay Miller (19) from Balmullo, St Andrew's and Lewis Hunter (18) of Glenrothes (both MAs) and Engineers of the Future, Craig McGuinness (17) of Larbert, and Ross Jackson (26) of Dunfermline – all employees of FMC Technologies – were the driving ...

The Courier

The Courier
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:49:33 -0700

The incident happened on Main Street, Balmullo, at 6.10pm on Friday when a blue Yamaha motorcycle was involved in a collision with a black Mitsubishi car. The 38-year-old male motorcyclist sustained serious injuries as a result of the incident and was ...

The Courier

The Courier
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:59:06 -0800

Officers are keen to speak to a taxi driver who was driving eastbound on Clay Road, Balmullo, towards Guardbridge at about 4.20pm last Friday. He is described as being around 40-50 with dark, tanned skin and short, dark hair with grey flecks. The man ...

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