Download GPS Coordinates for Ireland by Car: Emerald Isle
Our GPS coordinate files are supplied for download as a compressed “ZIP” file, which results in a single, smaller file that is faster to download. Bundled inside each “ZIP” download you will find our GPS coordinates file and installation instructions. You must extract the GPS coordinates file from the ZIP download before you can install the coordinates file onto a Garmin or TomTom GPS device, or before using the coordinates file with the Google Maps app on a smartphone. Click here if you’d like help with extracting files from a ZIP download.
Choose a device below to download the GPS coordinates that come with your Ireland by Car. You will be asked to enter the activation code found in the book (easy to find: search the book for the word “activation“).
Download Garmin GPS Coordinates
Download TomTom GPS Coordinates
Download for Google Earth & Google Maps
A note about using the Google Maps app on your smartphone to navigate:
Navigating with Google Maps differs in some important respects from navigating with a Garmin or TomTom GPS device. All three approaches use the same exact underlying data (the files we supply for download). In the case of Garmin and TomTom devices, the data file is transferred into the memory of the device using a Windows PC or Mac computer. Because the data files are stored in the device itself, no internet connection is required, only a GPS signal. GPS signals are reliably provided at no charge, day and night, by a constellation of satellites orbiting the earth.
In contrast, data for the Google Maps app is stored in the cloud, making the data (and the corresponding maps) accessible on multiple devices via the internet. Once signed in to your Google Maps account, the data and corresponding maps can be accessed across different platforms – desktop or laptop computers, smartphones and tablets – without the need to load the data onto each separate device.
For smartphones this functionality requires an internet connection in the form of a data plan with a sufficient amount of data to avoid roaming charges. Without an adequate data plan, these charges can be very high, so be sure to check with your particular wireless carrier to determine your data plan’s coverage – before you leave on your trip! T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, offered in the US, is one example of a data plan that provides unlimited data and texting in every European country.
A note for Garmin users:
After using your Windows PC or Mac computer to download our GPS coordinate file for your Garmin GPS device, there is no need to open the file using your computer.
The GPX file is intended to be loaded onto your Garmin GPS device using your Windows PC or Mac computer. Your computer is a way of transferring the GPX files onto your Garmin so that when you are in Italy or Ireland the coordinates will be loaded onto your Garmin, enabling the Garmin to navigate you to the various locations covered in our books. That is, it is not necessary to use an application on your PC or Mac to open the GPS coordinate file you just downloaded. Thus, when using a Mac, if you see a message asking you which application to use to open the file, click on Save (and not “Choose Application”):
This topic is covered in more detail in our GPS installation instructions:
Instructions for installing our GPS coordinate file onto a Garmin using a Mac (see especially Step 9A)