9 of Edinburgh's worst kept '˜secrets' that pretty much everyone knows about

WHILE the Capital is chock-full of hidden curiosities, and plenty of forgotten landmarks and abandoned buildings to explore, it'd be slightly disingenuous to describe any of them as '˜secret'.

Sunday, 20th January 2019, 4:42 pm
Updated Sunday, 20th January 2019, 4:48 pm

The truth is, we live in a world where the minutiae of every so-called ‘secret’ is regurgitated online on a regular basis. From Morningside’s well-kent Wild West to the forever teeming cycle path of the Innocent Railway Tunnel, we’ve compiled a short inventory showcasing the city’s worst kept secrets that pretty much everyone knows about.

Morningside's 'secret' wild west was built in the 1990s as part of an ad campaign for a furniture business. Since then, so many column inches have been devoted to it, it's genuinely embarrassing.
While there's a fair bit of mystery surrounding Gilmerton Cove, the place itself is no secret. Tour groups have been coming down here in their droves for more than 16 years.

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The ancient and labyrthine Mary King's Close, as fascinating as it is, is one of the city's premier tourist attractions.
Historic White Horse Close isa stunning place. As such, it's a favourite for local photographers and definitely no longer a secret! Rebuilt in the fifties, it's not actually historic either...
Okay, so it's been bricked up for decades and not publicly-accessible, but if you're unaware of Scotland Street Tunnel then you're probably not from around here...
This paranormalists paradaise used to be a secret, but on a good day, the legendary South Bridge vaults will be absolutely teeming with folk. Thanks a bunch, Yvette Fielding.
While the fame of this WWII curiosity has grown massively in recent years, Corstorphine and Barnton locals have known about it for yonks.
Okay, so a roman-style mausoleum is a rather unusual thing to find in a suburb, the Craigentinny Marbles is so huge it sticks out above the surrounding houses and is easily spotted from the top deck of a bus.
This ex-railway tunnel lay disused and forgotten about for years, but since being reopened as an illuminated walking and cycling route in the 1980s, it's literally one of the city's worst kept secrets.