We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Gilmerton Cove

16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
+44 7914 829177
Review Highlights
Unusual diversion

We had heard of this place on a local news programme and whilst visiting Edinburgh booked to see... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lorraine h
Sanquhar, United Kingdom
Mysteries of Gilmerton Cove

I actually live locally but just never got round to visiting before. So glad I did though as it was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
via mobile
Read all 629 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“margaret anne” (27 reviews)
“betting shop” (12 reviews)
“tour guide” (52 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
16A Drum Street, Edinburgh EH17 8QH, Scotland
+44 7914 829177
Write a Review
Reviews (629)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 578 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had heard of this place on a local news programme and whilst visiting Edinburgh booked to see it. It is out of the city, but we had the car, and on a dreich day we set off, not knowing this part of Edinburgh we...More

1  Thank lorraine h
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I actually live locally but just never got round to visiting before. So glad I did though as it was a marvellous experience and a fascinating place. Mysteries abound and Margaretanne had us all enthralled with her entertaining and informative narrative. I really can't wait...More

1  Thank JudithGrant
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Because of the unique nature of this attraction it can only be visited as part of an organised tour booked in advance. This should not present a problem to most people as it can be booked by email and the response is swift. If you...More

4  Thank Arminius1961
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Glimerton lies about 6 km (4 miles) from the center of Edinburgh.  Underneath its main street lies a labyrinth of hand-made caves and chambers ("cove" is the old Scots word for cave). Some say they may be the work of Druids, from more than 2000...More

7  Thank Aussie_hoppy
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable teasing out all the theories of the origins of these subterranean rooms and passages in a humorous yet erudite fashion. You get plenty of time to look around and get a personal feel for the site. You...More

3  Thank Rossergruffydd
Reviewed 31 May 2017

I loved Gilmerton Cove. The air of mystery was right up my street. It's up to each individual to decide what they believe this hand-carved collection of sandstone caverns was intended for. My favourite thought was that Mary Queen of Scots hid there. What a...More

2  Thank rowanfox
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Take this tour while you still can! The area is currently an active archeological site, and depending on what is excavated, uncovered, discovered, and revealed, the cove could very well be closed to the public for the walk-throughs that are currently offered. We visited in...More

2  Thank Amanda J
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We visited Glimerton Cove today (12 noon tour). This is not the place for definitive answers... that is exactly the charm and appeal of GC. It is a place of mystery for sure! Very intriguing and definitely worth the trip out. We really enjoyed the...More

1  Thank penelopoi
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We passed no signs to point us to this superb site and in fact as we parked near the Bingo, Bookies and Fish and Chip shop I felt we may have been misinformed that there was anything spectacular to be seen. Yet as we went...More

1  Thank toniaUk
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Go now before they list this site and stop such direct access. Its origins still puzzle historians. My money is that they are really ancient. They made me think of Stonehenge or scara brae rather than 18th century. The guide was really good.

1  Thank Liz B
Nearby Restaurants
Beijing Banquet
372 reviews
1.59 km away
Northfield House Hotel
23 reviews
1.32 km away
15 reviews
.03 km away
Morrisons Supermarket Cafe
8 reviews
.72 km away
Nearby Attractions
Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World
329 reviews
2.25 km away
Forresters Arms
8 reviews
3.16 km away
Kings Acre Golf Course
28 reviews
2.89 km away
Edinburgh Falconry & Fishing
27 reviews
3.70 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
17 June 2017|
Response from Sarasota21 | Reviewed this property |
You will need to phone to check opening hours. Given that passages are narrow, they are limited to how many people can go down at a time. So pre booking might be advisable during tourist season.
2 March 2017|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from TravelinGert | Reviewed this property |