Outdoor Learning Hub at QMU

Welcome to the QMU Outdoor Learning Hub Discovery Trail. The Outdoor Learning Hub is for everyone to enjoy, including our students, visitors, the communities we serve, and educators across Scotland. The Discovery Trail provides an accessible route through our woods, terraces, meadow, pond, hedgerows, and Wee Forest. In the Wee Forest you will find the Howff, a sheltered place for meeting, activities, learning and performance.


We invite you to think about the gifts of these outdoor places; how they offer opportunities for activity, learning and wellbeing. Imagine how you might learn, play, make, or be in places like this where you live, lead, work, or relax.

The wooden waymarkers show some interesting places to find. On each one there is a QR code. Use the camera on your phone to connect to online videos and information about what you could do in these kinds of places.

The stops on the route are set out below. 

Dining tables at QMU Terraces with QMU main building in backdrop

A cultivated space for meeting, looking and learning. 

Meadow with backdrop of QMU Student Accommodation buildings

A grassland re-planted with meadow flowers. 

QMU Allotment in use - strawberry picking

An accessible place to grow fruit and vegetables. 

Swan in the water at QMU Outdoor Learning Hub

The sea starts here - a pond connected to the River Esk. 

Person walking beside the Outdoor Hub Hedgerow at QMU

A rich hedgerow - a wonderful habitat for plants, trees and animals.

We have created this Outdoor Learning Hub in partnership with Architecture & Design Scotland, and NatureScot.

Nature Scotland Logo  Achitectural Design Scotland

"Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of autumn."
John Muir

Details to follow of how you can book any of the outdoor spaces for an organised activity.

Outdoor Hub - Enquiries & Bookings

The Outdoor Hub has communal spaces that are available for teaching, community or group activity use.

Please use this enquiry form for enquiries and bookings, or you can call our Conference and Events Team for support.

QMU staff can access bookings through the timetable system.

Outdoor Hub - Booking Enquiries