Galloway walking routes come to your phone

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VISITORS and locals alike can now download detailed guides to walking routes straight onto their mobile phones following a new collaboration between locally-based walkers’ website Walkhighlands and top mobile phone app ViewRanger.

Not just aimed at Highlands walks, The ViewRanger App turns smartphones into a complete countryside guide with GPS, maps, navigation and location sharing. The app is available for iphones, Android and most Symbian (including most Nokia) smartphones, as well as ipads.

“Our routes offer walks for all tastes from an ascent of the Merrick to a walk around the Mull of Galloway or a ramble in the forest park,” said Walkhighlands co-founder Paul Webster.

“ViewRanger is a superb and ground-breaking app. Users can purchase premium mapping such as location-aware Ordnance Survey maps which - like the routes - remain available even there is no signal - crucial for use in many parts of Scotland. We’re delighted to be able to offer Walkhighlands routes through ViewRanger.”

To help you get started over the forthcoming bank holidays, ViewRanger are offering four free routes to every registered user until 2nd May. To get free routes all you have to do is install the ViewRanger app on your smartphone (just 59p for Apple iPhone or use the 15-day free trial for Android and Symbian) and register. Then browse the routes, and the first four paid routes from any publisher will be delivered at no charge. The promotion runs over the period Sunday 17th April to Monday 2nd May, giving you a few days before Easter to select routes.