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Can I find a mapping Card

Need a SD mapping card for a Garmin Nuvi 50?
We are renting a card in Edinburgh and to rent with the card is very pricey. We were told we could pick one up in grocery stores. Price and any info is appreciated.

Posted by
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Are you renting the Garmin? If so, it would seem like it should have the proper maps on it. If you are bringing your own Garmin, you can buy the card from Garmin, Amazon, or other places before you go. I saw from $25 to $80.

Posted by
976 posts

Hi, tjdavis86,

You can buy an excellent road atlas of Great Britain for 1.99 UKL at most Tesco supermarkets. A new edition is published every year. It's all you'll ever need.

Slainte!

Mike (Auchterless)

Posted by
269 posts

Is there any reason you don't want to use your iPhone and Google Maps or apple maps for directions? You will need an international cellphone data plan for your cellphone though, but that might be cheaper than renting a mapping card.

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Is there any reason you don't want to use your iPhone and Google Maps or apple maps for directions? You will need an international cellphone data plan for your cellphone though,

No, you wouldn't need a data plan necessarily. Google Maps "offline" allows for GPS navigation without mobile data. You just need to download the "offline" maps ahead of time. GPS itself ("where am I on earth?") does not use mobile data - but to have maps and generate directions, you need to download info. Other apps can do this too - I've used only Google Maps "offline" and it works fairly well. You can try it at home; go into Google Maps on your phone, find the "offline" area, choose your home area, download it...and then put the phone into airplane mode. Then go for a drive and try using the phone for navigation.

Having mobile data will make it work better, though (e.g. has traffic info).

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7990 posts

If you have a SIM card for your iphone it will work great with GoogleMaps.

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I have a garmin 60 and I purchased a card for it through ebay....it was less than $20 and the guy I bought it from helped me via email after I had trouble loading it. It probably was not an "official" cards but it worked great, might consider ebay.

Posted by
1117 posts

Google maps sounds like a good plan.

Agree - I have used it in England so it will probably work just as well in Scotland.

I suggest you try it at home first. Download the map of your home area, put the phone in airplane mode, and take a trip. That will give you a chance to learn how to use the app, before your trip.

Note: with offline map you can NOT get pedestrian directions. Only Car directions.

But it will still show you, where you are on the downloaded map