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Internet access For navigation on driving route from Pitlochry to Inverness to Skye to Glencoe.

We are driving the above route in September. Will my Google maps be accessible on this route?
I have not ordered navigation on the rental car at this point. Discounting data cost, which is another issue, will we likely have adequate signal to use our IPad to guide our route or should I rethink the car GPS?
Thank you.

Posted by
941 posts

Hi, jsss72,

Everywhere you're going is on main roads. You have absolutely no need of SatNav (GPS). A good road atlas, or even a not so good one, would be all you need. As you'll have at least one other person in the car with you, that person can be the navigator. You can get a good AA road atlas of Great Britain for two pounds at Tesco supermarkets that have a filling station. And with the money you save, you could splash out on a good meal.


Mike (Auchterless)

Posted by
360 posts

We used Google Maps to drive to all of those places and it worked just fine. Like the US when you drive outside major cities, there will be places you'll go on Edge service or drops for a few minutes, but never long enough that it interfered with us getting to our destination (just make sure you cache the route before you take off on one of your phones).

Posted by
3438 posts

If you want, download a Google map of the area you’re going to visit to your phone for offline use. When you want to use your phone as a GPS, put it in airplane mode. Works fine and no internet access needed. Take a cord to plug into the car since it will drain your battery fairly quickly. I download maps to both my phone and tablet. We also carry a paper map and have a Garmin.

Posted by
51 posts

Thank you all. We will have an atlas plus downloaded Google maps. Again, the reassurance is appreciated.