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A variety of maps have been used by the author. In Scotland, the OS 1:50 000 series are used most often as they show more than enough detail and show it simply, especially the contours. However, these do not show boundaries so where that is an issue 1:25 000 maps help. There are a few specialist maps for Scotland by Harveys, the BMC and the SMC which are worth looking at but look before you buy! The SMC outline map of the Cuillin which is on the reverse of the contours map is very useful. In some places, walks can sit awkwardly on two or even three maps. If this is too awkward, the OS will print any map around any specified central point but at about double the price! For those tackling the Munros, Harvey Maps produce a map of Scotland with all Munros, Munro tops, Corbetts, Grahams and Donalds on it. This is over a thousand summits! This is very useful for an overview when planning a Scottish trip. Don't forget that the heights of Munros are being reviewed and that the list changes from time to time. The recent pattern has been to demote Munros to Corbetts.
In areas outside of Scotland, the 1:25 000 maps are probably most useful as walls and fences are shown. However, the OS could show the contours and walls more clearly than they currently do.
In Ireland, Irish OS maps are available but lack the detail of UK maps. Very few crags are shown on Irish maps. Note that any GPS must be reset to the Irish system if used in Ireland. I recent years some better, larger scale maps have appeared so it is worth looking for these although only a few areas are covered. Harveys offer a few Irish maps.
All walks list the maps needed.
If you wish to buy maps well below the high prices charged by the OS and most retailers then the online firm Dash-4-it are very fast and very cheap. Orders are sent by first class post at no extra cost and can be placed online or by phone.