Gorebridge was once a mining and gun powder production village but is now a commuter town to Edinburgh and a popular place for visitors. The name originates as the settlement was built across the bridge the stretches across the River Gore, which is a tributary of the south end of the River Esk.
Scotland's gunpowder history begins in Gorebridge, with the very first gunpowder Mill in Scotland being built there in the 1790’s.
In the Gore Glen there is a shallow cave, named "The King’s Cave” in which local legend says a thief used to steal the surrounding cattle and hide there. This is situated within Gore Glen Woodland Park which is a two mile wooded area filled with different paths. These are popular among walkers. Nearby is also Vorgie Country Park which contains a nine hole gold course.