Isle of Skye named the nation’s most desired place to live

  • The picturesque Isle of Skye tops Britain’s most ideal places to live poll, with an average asking price of property on the Scottish island of just under £231,000

  • The seaside resort of Woolacombe comes in second, and the market town of Callington is third

  • Six of the top ten places are in Devon and Cornwall, with all ten in the North West, South West, Wales and Scotland

The Isle of Skye has been named the nation’s most desired place to live, after almost 24,000 people were asked by Rightmove where they would most like to live in Great Britain.

It’s clear the nation wants a room with a view as the top ten most desired places to live are islands, seaside towns and places of outstanding beauty across Great Britain.

The popular seaside resort of Woolacombe in Devon made second place on the list, with one of the most expensive seaside towns of Salcombe in Devon coming eighth, where average asking prices are just below those in London, at £635,083.

Four places in Cornwall make the top ten: the market town of Callington, the surfer’s seaside town of Newquay, the fishing port of Padstow and holiday favourite St Ives. Flying the flag for the north are Keswick and Ambleside, both in the beautiful Lake District.

The top 10 most desired locations to live in Britain are:

Place Region Average asking price
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


Rightmove’s Research Manager Abiola Oni comments: “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.” 


  • Sarah says:

    Have you ever been to Callington?! I think you have got your figures/locations wrong!

  • Cormac Henderson says:

    I lived here at the Isle of Skye from 2001 to 2006 and I found it one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland. Being an avid outdoors type I was in my element. Great to see it get some recognition it so rightly deserves.

  • William Galbraith Carlyle says:

    I am a Scot, living in exile, and my favorite place in this entire world is The Isle of Skye. If there is a heaven on earth it is surely my beloved Scotland and, if I can’t live forever with those I love in that fair land, then give me hell or, better yet, oblivion.
    Unfortunately, highlighting ANYWHERE in this less than perfect world becomes the ‘kiss of death’ to that particular region, because it invariably invites and encourages the worst and least deserving of humankind. Human beings adulterate and/or desecrate everything they touch, so I fear for the future of Skye.

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