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Gilmerton Cove, Edinburgh

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No one knows exactly what prompted the creation of Gilmerton Cove, a labyrinth of hand-carved passages and chambers operating as a secret city underneath the streets of Gilmerton. Possibilities for this soapstone structure, known locally as the Cove, include a clandestine drinking den, a smugglers’ lair, and a refuge for the persecuted. Audio tours and visual exhibits explain evidence for each theory, but much of the fun is wondering how it all came together and why. Some passageways are dark; bring a flashlight if you can. Wearing stable shoes to grip the smooth surface is a must. Tours must be booked in advance. Put Gilmerton Cove at the forefront of your travel plans using our Edinburgh trip builder website .
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  • A must see! The place is surrounded in mystery and really is something different. Margaret Anne the guide was excellent - enthusiastic, friendly and very knowledgeable. Don't want to say too much apar...  more »
  • My wife and I visited Gilmerton Cove on a recommendation of a friend and we accordingly recommend it to anyone visiting Edinburgh. It's a little out of the city centre but please don't let this put yo...  more »
  • We have lived in Edinburgh all our lives and wanted to be a tourist for the day so chose this. Just go it's so unexpected and so worth a visit. Our guide local Margaret was wonderfully knowledgeable a...  more »
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  • A fascinating place. Lots of information about the various theories surrounding the Cove's construction and purpose, inevitably leaving us with lots of unanswered (and probably unanswerable) questions. The tour guide was very informative, as well as amusing.
  • A true hidden gem that I had no idea existed! Excellent, well informed guide who made such an interesting place to visit even more memorable. Lovely Scottish accent, we had a 'whale of a time!' 😂
  • Incredibly interesting place, very good guide and learned a lot about Scotland as well as this place, worth the bus ride out!
  • Fascinating. Excellent guide. Great value for money
  • Awesome local landmark! Definitely recommend a visit. Guide was fantastic.
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