Gilmerton CoveEdinburgh Category Museums & Galleries, For the Family, Historic Sites, Entertainment
Gilmerton cove is a series of hand carved passageways and chambers that lie beneath the ground, just to the south of Gilmerton crossroads. The entrance to Gilmerton cove is through a visitor centre adapted from a traditional mining cottage. The cottage now houses imaginative audio and visual displays that illustrate the various theories behind the origins of Gilmerton cove which, after extensive archaeological and historical research, still remain a mystery. This includes such theories that it was the unique work of an 18th century local blacksmith, a drinking den for gentry, a refuge for persecuted covenanters and even a smugglers lair!