With its rugged landscapes and pretty harbour town of Portree, Skye has topped a list of the most desirable places to live in Britain, according to a new survey.
Woolacombe in Devon was in second place, with the popular Cornish holiday destinations of St Ives, Padstow and Newquay also in the top ten.
Many of the most desirable places to live have house prices which are relatively cheap, compared with the national average, the study found. Pembroke in Wales was also among the most desirable places to live.
Salcombe in Devon,was also among the most desirable places to live. Many of those surveyed dream of setting up home where they can enjoy the views of the Lake District, with Ambleside and Keswick also appearing on the list.
Nowhere in London or the South-East of England – where house prices tend to be higher – appeared in the top ten. Rightmove research manager Abiola Oni said: “people clearly want to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and settle down in some of the most beautiful places around Britain, from as far north as the Isle of Skye to as far south as the glitzy town of Salcombe. It’s interesting that none of the areas are in the highest-priced regions of Britain – London and the South-East – likely because the appeal of some of the big cities is the good job options and transport links rather than moving for the amazing scenery.”
Here are the most desirable places to live in Britain, according to Rightmove, with the average asking price for a home there:
1. Isle of Skye, Scotland, £230,952.
2. Woolacombe, South West, £346,396.
3. Callington, South West, £235,860.
4. St Ives, South West, £366,628.
5. Keswick, North West, £319,628.
6. Pembroke, Wales, £169,969.
7. Padstow, South West, £421,290.
8. Salcombe, South West, £635,083.
9. Ambleside, North West, £431,669.
10. Newquay, South West, £246,976.