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Delve into Edinburgh’s hidden corners

From the vaults and wynds (narrow lanes) that riddle the Old Town to the unmarked basement bars and clubs, Edinburgh is a city that begs for a closer look.
Edinburgh city and castle seen from Calton Hill
PHOTOGRAPHS: FUTURE LIGHT/GETTY IMAGES, GARY DOAK/ALAMY, JIM CORCORAN, SJH PHOTOGRAPHY/ALAMY, VOLUME II – CASSELL’S OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH BY JAMES GRANT

Hidden Edinburgh

Underground tours

GILMERTON COVE 1

While ghost tours of Edinburgh’s underground vaults and haunted graveyards have become a mainstream attraction, Gilmerton Cove remains off the beaten track. Hidden in the southern suburbs, the mysterious ‘cove’ is a series of manmade caverns hacked out of the rock, their origin and function unknown. Book in advance with Rosslyn Tours (gilmertoncove.org.uk, 16 Drum St; 10am–4pm; £7.50).

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