Discovery Trail

The Sunken Garden in summer, Edinburgh Campus

Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus spans 380 acres, with beautiful gardens, a loch and even a cemetery. The campus is a lovely place to go for a walk in amongst the trees, but have you ever wondered what goes on across the many research buildings? Or about the heritage of the University?

As part of the University’s bicentennial celebrations, we are launching a new series of trails to share more about our research, heritage, trees and more. The initial three trails will be launched on 12 June, with additional trails and associated activities to launch later in the year.

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.

Take a virtual peek inside our labs

The Discovery Trail will take you all over our campus, allowing you to explore the ongoing research across our faculty buildings. 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. 

The Discovery Trail consists of 20 stopping points, all of which contain a post linking to web content through QR code navigation. There’ll also be brass rubbings on each post for extra family fun! We hope you enjoy exploring and learning more about Heriot-Watt research.