After a few visits to Edinburgh, it's understandable that we're a bit weary of the City Centre. We've seen the Royal Mile, been around the Castle, shopped on Princes Street and seen the Scottish Parliament. We've not yet been on a tram - by my understanding there's still a 3-year waiting list!
Gilmerton Cove is a triumph both for Edinburgh Council and Tripadvisor, without which I doubt we'd have found it. The place almost defies description - an underground labyrinth with indeterminate history, it is a true mystery. The visit wouldn't have been complete without Margaretanne, our host, who radiated enthusiasm, fun and knowledge: showing a mixed-age group around an enclosed space for an hour without ever being patronising or boring is an achievement in itself.
Part of the enigma and charm is the mystery of the place: is it a drinking den? A masons' lodge? A royal hideout? Is it - as I suspected for some time - all completely faked and dug out with JCBs in the 1970s? I wouldn't rule it out...
Reservation is requested to visit Gilmerton Cove, but it's a reservation I would encourage absolutely anyone visiting Edinburgh to make. It's completely off the beaten track, utterly oddball, but for some reason completely compulsive.
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