Walking by the inconspicuous mining cottage on Drum Street on the fringes of Edinburgh, you would hardly suspect that it was home to one of the city’s top visitor attractions, and one of its most curious mysteries.
Excavations in 2002 revealed that underneath the cottage lies a series of hand-carved chambers and corridors. Carved into the sandstone bedrock, these chambers have been the source of much intrigue ever since.
The cottage was owned by a blacksmith in the 18th Century, but the tunnels beneath the dwelling may well date back further. Rumours abound as to the use of Gilmerton Cove: a secret Freemason lodge; a hideout for Covenanters or the Knights Templar; or maybe even a den for the infamous Hellfire Club, an upper-class society known for its scandalous decadence.
If your group enjoys things that are a little out of the ordinary, make sure they visit Gilmerton Cove and investigate this mysterious spot for themselves.
Gilmerton Cove is only open by appointment, so make sure to book well in advance. Tickets for adult are £7.50 and children’s tickets are £4.
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Image: Gilmerton Cove3a by John Dale, CC-BY-2.0.