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Internet connection/wifi in highlands?

A friend and I are traveling through Scotland a couple of weeks next year. We're from the EU so internet connection shouldn't be a problem in pubs and B&B's, but I would understand if that might be different in the highlands. Anyone that can shed a little light on this? Do we need to buy a pocket wifi or something just in case? 


  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @Laleah , There are a lot of places in Highland Scotland that are without internet! Most places have at least 3G signals and basic internet (Good enough for checking emails etc)
    Some places have 4G but this is only good enough until someone is streaming live then the connection tends to break down.
    As the internet works over the telephone, please bear in mind that there are a lot of black holes in the network around Scotland where GPS etc doesn't work.
    The government have promised all rural areas that we will have at least 4G within the next few years but nothing has been finalised as yet.
    Hope that helps
    Best regards
  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Hi @Laleah

    I have travelled to many places across Scotland and have rarely struggled with internet access. Most places are sufficient for checking emails and uploading to social media. But I've also stayed in places that have had good enough internet to stream Netflix etc. 

    As @fishypro mentioned, be mindful that if you are going walking in the mountains, you can't reply on technology/3G/4G signal alone. 

    Enjoy your trip
    Join in my new chapter over on the blog. Discovering all things that make Scotland the place everyone wants to visit. 

  • scothighlandsscothighlands Member ✭✭
    In my experience, a city like Inverness will have a fine internet signal to do most things. Towns and villages are usually pretty good, but once you get more rural, particularly around the north west, you can be without signal for example if there are roads without many settlements or inhabitants, such as some internal parts of Lairg and Sutherland. There are connectivity maps provided by most major UK mobile phone providers, so if you’re interested to know the 4G quality, you can get a good idea from here. For navigation if you’re exploring far out, I’d recommend downloading any updates of online maps before you travel and taking a paper map for back-up. 
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