REVEALED: ‘Off the grid’ locations to fully unwind

May 10, 2021
  • New research has found Britain’s mobile phone coverage ‘blackspots’
  • Rosedale Abbey in North Yorkshire and Isle of Man are the biggest tourist attractions on the list
  • Three signal blackspots found in the Shetland Islands
  • Scottish border town Ettrick and Alwinton in Northumberland also found to have no mobile phone coverage

A new study into mobile phone coverage across the UK conducted by Affordable Mobiles, winners of the Uswitch Mobile Reseller of the Year award, has revealed several go-to signal ‘blackspots’ across the country for those who want to fully unwind.

The findings, that use data from two of the UK’s largest network providers suggest the ultimate destinations for those who want to spend quality time together as a family, take a break from work or to recharge the human battery by reducing screen time. 

Rosedale Abbey

Located in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, Rosedale Abbey offers stunning views of one of England’s treasured national parks as well as ancient ruins to explore. 


Situated on the Scottish border, Ettrick is a peaceful place to escape from the stresses of modern life with many hiking trails, tranquil fishing hotspots and cycling routes to discover on your visit. 


Lying just at the head of the Coquet valley, the Northumberland village Alwinton contains beautiful riverside walking trails that historically were frequented by cattle drovers, shepherds, pedlars and whiskey smugglers.

Isle of Man

This Irish sea island is packed with historic castles, rugged coastline walks and a mountainous centre giving tourists tonnes to explore. Douglas (the island’s capital) also contains the Manx Museum which traces the Isle of Man’s Viking and Celtic routes, making for a very educational visit. 

Isle of Canna 

Under the care of the National Trust for Scotland, the Isle of Canna is one of the most preserved and naturally beautiful places in the UK. The whole island is a mere 4.3 miles long and 1 mile wide, providing an excellent haven to truly switch off.  


Sticking within the Shetlands islands, Foula (or as the Scots say, Foola) is another extremely remote and small location again providing a great getaway spot. The Island is also famed for being the setting of the 1937 classic British film The Edge of The World.  


Stonybreck is the largest settlement on Fair Isle (well known for its bird observatory) located towards the south of the Island. There are some stunning views to be taken in simply by walking around the picturesque settlement and the surrounding island setting. 

Jessica Canning, mobile expert at Affordable Mobiles commented on the research, “It comes as no surprise that a number of the really rural blackspots are located in the Shetland Islands, with that being the furthest north that the UK spans. 

“What is interesting is how few blackspots there actually are across the country, which reflects just how much the investment put in by major UK networks is paying off. 

“I feel that if we were to conduct the same research in 10 years’ time, it wouldn’t come as a shock to find zero blackspots in the UK, as networks are continuously investing time and money into improving their service.” 

The full-scale analysis of the UK’s major cities signal ratings and coverage also reveals the best and worst cities in the UK based on average phone signal rating. 

The research looks at both the overall coverage and the coverage for individual devices in various staycation hotspots around the UK. 

Scoring was based on 4G and 5G signal, as well as the coverage rating on a number of the latest best-selling handsets from two of the nationals largest network providers.  

London, Birmingham, Belfast and Cardiff ranked amongst the cities in first place for the best signal rating, all scoring 4.2 out of 5 based on general 5G and 4G signal as well as the coverage rating on a number of the latest best-selling handsets from two of the nation’s largest network providers. 

For a full breakdown of the study, visit: 

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