map marker image

marker location

10km square (shown in blue)

2km square (tetrad) (shown in red)

1km square

100m square

10m square

easting northing

WGS84 latitude longitude


Choose the type of map to display by clicking on Map (with optional Terrain) or Satellite (with optional Labels for place names etc) in the map window.

To adjust the area displayed, click on the circular navigation control in the map window to move up, down, left, or right. Alternatively, position your cursor on the map surface and drag the map in any direction you like, as if sliding a paper map across a table.

To zoom in or out, click the + or - buttons, or drag the 'slider' control up or down.

(To drag an object, position the cursor over it and hold down the left-hand mouse button. Then, when you move the cursor, the object will also move.)

the marker

The marker allows you to obtain a grid reference or longitude/latitude for a particular point on the map. You can read these in the marker location box. The Ordnance Survey 10km and 2km (tetrad) squares containing the marked location are plotted on the map.

To move the marker, simply drag it across the map surface. The map will automatically re-centre on the marker position.

If you've dragged the map so that the marker is no longer in the centre of the page (or no longer visible at all), you can re-centre it by clicking the button in the go to box labelled the marker location. This will leave the marker at the same location on the map, but move the map surface so that the marked location is in the centre.

Alternatively, you can move the marker to a new location at the centre of the area displayed by clicking the button in the options box labelled reset marker. This will leave the same map area displayed, but the marker will point to a new location.

shortcuts and searches

To zoom the map onto a Scottish recording area, select one of the areas from the drop-down list in the go to box. An outline of the area will be displayed.

To centre the map on a particular grid reference or postcode area, enter the reference or code in the go to box and press the go button.

To search for a place (town, hill, loch etc), enter its name in the search box and press the go button. Any matches found will be displayed; click on the one you want and its location will be marked on the map. Note that the spacing of your search text can be important. For example "whitesands" and "white sands" will return different sites.

recording areas

To see all of the Scottish recording areas outlined on the map, click the tick-box in the options box. To hide them, click on the tick-box again. Note that the areas are mapped very accurately, and can take a few moments to load up for the first time.

get page address

Click this button in the options box to display a web address (URL) for the current map. This address includes the map's zoom level, centre location, and map type (but other settings such as marker position are not captured). You can copy and paste the address into a web page or other document to provide a link to a map like the one currently displayed.