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“Intriguing Historical Caves”
Review of Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove
Ranked #27 of 409 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enter one of Scotland's most curious heritage sites. An archeological mystery that has baffled investigators for over 300 years. Gilmerton Cove is a series of chambers and passageways lying hidden beneath the streets on the South side of Edinburgh. Join us on a guided tour and help us unravel the mysteries of this strange mysterious labyrinth. Please note this attraction is by appointment only, please call to book a slot.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Intriguing Historical Caves”
Reviewed 31 May 2011

We had an excellent tour of Gilmerton Cove a couple of weeks ago. Gilmerton Cove is the name given to a series of underground rooms in the unassuming Gilmerton Village just outside Edinburgh.

To visit you need to book an appointment direct with Rosslyn Tours and both adults and children alike will be fascinated by the various stories that abound as to why these caves are here. The tour guide was so enthusiatic and imparted lots of interesting stories - a real treat.

Visited May 2011
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“Don't miss these intriguing Caves in the outskirts of Edinburgh”
Reviewed 25 May 2011

We weren't sure what to expect, when we caught the 3A bus out to Gilmerton Cove. We hadn't heard of them before but happened to pick up a brochure which looked interesting. "Cove" in scottish means "cave" - this is more a labyrinth of 7 caves, some with table and seating carved into the stone (even a "punch bowl"), some with other structures - all hewn out of the local sandstone.

Our guide, Margaret-Anne, was a delightful local mine of information who is passionate about the area - she would have to be one of the best guides we've come across in our time in Edinburgh. While she discussed the possible origins of the cave, she effectively gave us a fascinating insight into the history of the area at the same time.

After the tour we were free to wander through the caves, take pictures etc - taking as much time as we needed.

Exceptionally good value for money, you do have to make an appointment to view the caves. You won't regret it.

Visited May 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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“A fascinating place”
Reviewed 29 March 2011

My son and I arranged for a tour of Gilmerton Cove in March of 2011. Margaretanne was a pleasant and knowledgeable host. This is one of those strange places that just makes you think about all the possible histories and secrets, from innocent to macabre. If you are in Edinburgh, this is definitely worth the visit. The cost is great compared to some of the other attractions that we went to.

Visited March 2011
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“Hidden Treasure Beneath An Inconspicuous Exterior”
Reviewed 3 January 2011

Once inside the uninspiring entrance, you're led down steps to a mini-maze of old hand-carved stone-lined rooms and narrow passageways.

Our guide, Margaret-Anne, led us through each chamber, one by one, showing us the unique features of each one and giving us a detailed account of the various facts, theories and legends of the cove. The stories aren't over-hyped or sensationalised, just an honest account of how the cove may have come about and what it may have been used for.

There's a normal room on ground level with some information about Gilmerton Cove and the surrounding area that's also worth spending a bit of time in.

This down-to-earth (or should that be 'down-under-earth) attraction isn't for the claustrophobic and is certainly better for small groups, but it is well worth an hour of your time, especially for the price. Don't expect a geological treasure trove, but its mystery and intricacy may surprise you.

Good for kids (as long as they don't get scared by cold, dark, small places) and adults.

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