ONE IN 10 THINK SCILLY IS THE ISLE OF MAN

Almost one in 10 people put the Isles of Scilly in place of the Isle of Man on a map, while another one in 20 think they are off the west coast of Scotland, new research has found.

The survey, which also found that four in 10 people struggle to pinpoint London, blamed the results on people’s "increasing reliance on technology like Sat-Navs and mobile phones to tell us where we are". 

 

A spokesman for Ordnance Survey said: "Many people are lacking in both the basic knowledge of where places are in Britain, and the ability to read a traditional map.

 

“Despite this, many claim to have a good sense of direction – although maybe not those who believe the Isles of Scilly are off the Scottish coast."

 

The survey, commissioned for National Map Reading Week in October, found that 86% of Brits believe they have a good sense of direction, but just 22% can pick out Manchester, 15% Birmingham and 14% Edinburgh. 

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