Hi there & thanks for your reply!
Okay, this sounds like a step in the right direction. I have logged into my Google account and I see the green marker for the options, including "short URL" ... so I have set that option and now see when you click on link, it gives you the short URL.
The problem is, it doesn't allow you to customise how the map is seen. I "purely" want only the map to display, with none of the other sections/side panels around it.
Also, I imagine the short URL will work with my example above? ... am I coding it correctly from what you can see??