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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 todayEdit

Balmullo benefits from a Spar grocery store which also doubles as a Post Office. Balmullo also has a pub; The Balmullo Inn public house.

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

In 2002, the village appeared in news articles after a big cat was allegedly spotted nearby.[6]


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.


Nearby travel links are:


  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Balmullo Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 29 April 2001. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 September 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Martin Anderson". Madras College. Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2007.
  4. ^ "Balmullo Primary School". Fife Council. Retrieved 3 January 2007.
  5. ^ "The Balmullo Newsletter". Balmullo Community Council. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Scottish Big Cats : Panther sighting in Balmullo, 9th March 2002". Scottish Big Cats. Archived from the original on 23 October 2003. Retrieved 3 January 2006.

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