Discovery Trail

1.9 miles (3.04km)
1-2 hours

The Heriot-Watt Edinburgh campus spans 380 acres and is a beautiful place to walk amongst the trees, but have you ever wondered what goes on across the many research buildings?  

The Discovery Trail will take you all over our campus, allowing you to explore the ongoing research across our faculty buildings. We have researchers that explore everything from marine life to urban cities, from micro to macro scale, local to global. Our research activities and collaborations are constantly expanding to support transformations across both society and economy.  

As well as learning more about the research taking place, the Trail will also offer fun facts and activities for the whole family. You'll be able to see inside some of our labs with help from video tours, hear more from our academics, as well as learning about some of the buildings' namesakes and the research that has happened over Heriot-Watt's 200-year history!   Downloadable activities for families are available at each post, from origami whales to brain training! 

The Discovery Trail consists of 20 stopping points, all of which contain a post linking to web content through QR code navigation. You don't need to follow it in order, you can dip in and out and still learn lots about our research. There will also be brass rubbings on each post for extra family fun - pick up crayons and booklets at main reception. Check out the Discovery trail map, and get exploring. 

We hope you enjoy learning more about Heriot-Watt research!  

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