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Outdoor app OS Maps launched in Northern Ireland


The app has been launched here

The app has been launched here

The app has been launched here

An app which allows walkers to plot and follow routes around loughs, hills and valleys using detailed topographical mapping has been launched in Northern Ireland.

OS Maps app has supported outdoor enthusiasts across England, Scotland and Wales for over seven years – and Northern Ireland walkers will now be able to use the app here. 

There will now be complete UK coverage in the award-winning UK-based navigation app, where users can see thousands of recommended walking, running and cycling routes in Northern Ireland with accurate geographic mapping detail. 

Ordnance Survey (OS) and Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI) worked together so OS Map users now have topographic mapping available for the entire UK.

OSNI digitised its topographic data and made it available to appear in the OS Maps App.

The digital mapping in OS Maps for Northern Ireland will still use Irish grid references, so if walkers wish to print off a route ahead of a hike, the Irish grid references will be there.

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OS’s Managing Director for Leisure, Nick Giles said: “It is wonderful to finally be able to announce that Northern Ireland now has the same level of detailed topographic mapping in OS Maps app as the rest of the UK, something we’ve never had before.

“Our mantra is to make the great outdoors more enjoyable, accessible and safe, and being able to map out or follow routes from your phone is a tremendous aid for exploring a beautiful nation.

“If you are from Northern Ireland and want to get outside for a hike or a walk using digital mapping on your device, this is the best topographic mapping you can get. It means you can use your phone the same as a paper map. The difference is you can see your location on a map and use it to plot routes, share them, follow other routes, and watch 3D fly-throughs of your route before and after you’ve set off.”

Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland Chief Survey Officer Jim Lennon said: “I am delighted at the expansion into Northern Ireland and the inclusion of the OSNI data in the enhanced product. This represents another example of the strong collaboration that continues between OSNI and Ordnance Survey.”

OS Maps app is available to download for free with standard mapping, and for £28.99 a year for the premium edition.

The launch in Northern Ireland follows recent expansions of OS Maps in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

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