Isle of Skye voted top spot to live in Britain:idyllic Scottish island - where average house prices are £230k - tops poll as dream destination

When it comes to choosing where we'd really like to live, at the end of the day we want to get away from it all...

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The Isle of Skye has been named as the top destination in Britain to where people dream of moving.

The beautiful Scottish island triumphed in a survey of 24,000 people by Rightmove about the most-desired places in the country to live in.

Meanwhile, the royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea emerged as the most sought-after district in London, yet only managed to rank in 19th position.

Skye has a population of just 10,000. The average asking price of a property is £231,000 - compared with the average in London of £643,838.

The largest island in the Inner Hebrides, it is linked to the mainland via the Skye Bridge and is most famous for its majestic geological features, including the Old Man of Storr rock pillar, the stunning ancient Quiraing landslip and the Cuillin mountain range.

In contrast to the permanent glow over London by night, Skye suffers from very little light pollution and has no less than nine Dark Sky Discovery Sites for astronomers, from where the recent "super moon" would have been clearly visible.

“The nation clearly wants to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and settle down in some of the most beautiful places around Britain," says Abiola Oni, Rightmove research manager.

The north Devon seaside resort of Woolacombe - where the sandy beach is three miles long - was second on the list, with an average property price of £346,396, followed by Callington in Cornwall, between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, with an average price of £235,860.

These were followed by the famous St Ives in Cornwall (£366,628); Keswick, just north of Derwentwater in the Lake District in Cumbria (£319,628); the historic market town of Pembroke in Wales (£169,969) and Cornwall's splendid fishing port Padstow, where the average asking price is £421,290.

The last three spots in the list were taken by the sailing centre of Salcombe in Devon, with average prices close to London at £635,083; Ambleside, on the shores of Windermere in the heart of the Lake District (£431,669), and the surfers' paradise of Newquay in Cornwall (£246,976).

Oni adds: "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.” 


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