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Isle of Skye voted 'most desirable place to live' in Britain

The rugged landscape of the Isle of Skye. Credit: PA

The most desirable place to live in Britain has been named.

The Isle of Skye topped a survey of nearly 24,000 people who were asked where they would like to live in Britain.

Seaside locations proved popular on the list compiled by Rightmove, with Woolacombe in Devon in second place with St Ives, Padstow and Newquay among the top 10.

However many of the most desirable places on the list were relatively cheap in comparison to the rest of the country.

According to Rightmove, the average asking price on the Isle of Skye is just under £231,000 - well below the £305,670 average price tag across England and Wales.

A general view of Pembroke Castle in Wales. Credit: PA

Pembroke in Wales was also rated as one of the most desirable places to live, and also had the cheapest property on the list - the average price of a flat there is £169,969.

Research manager at Rightmove, Abiola Oni, said: "The nation 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 north as the Isle of Skye to as 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."

The most desirable places to live, along with the average asking price for a home there, were:

  • Isle of Skye, Scotland, £230,952
  • Woolacombe, South West, £346,396
  • Callington, South West, £235,860
  • St Ives, South West, £366,628
  • Keswick, North West, £319,628
  • Pembroke, Wales, £169,969
  • Padstow, South West, £421,290
  • Salcombe, South West, £635,083
  • Ambleside, North West, £431,669
  • Newquay, South West, £246,976