As house prices in England continued to soar within 2019, it appears that it has sent many house-hunters running for the hills - the Highlands of Scotland, to be more precise. According to a recent report on UK properties, a study was made of the most searched towns in Great Britain in 2019 - with some quite surprising results! Although seaside towns across Britain remained popular, a number of Scottish towns scored extremely highly and, in this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the hottest property locations in Scotland for 2020.
Highlands, low prices
Not only is Scotland becoming an increasingly popular choice for relocation due to lower property prices but, it seems that people are shunning the bustle of cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow in favour of smaller towns with a quieter pace of life.
One of the most searched towns of 2019, Inverness is the largest city in the Scottish highlands and has, of late, become something of a cultural capital. Full of striking 18th and 19th century architecture, Inverness old town features an eclectic mix of modern shopping centres and traditional markets. Home to Doctor Who actress, Karen Gillan and, of course, Scotland’s famous monster, Inverness is a great move for those looking for a quieter (and cheaper) pace of life whilst retaining contact with nearby cities. Great transport links allow for easy access to Carlisle and further into Scotland and, employment is plentiful thanks to some large companies including Lifescan, Orion and Arnold Clark.
Another winner on the ‘most searched’ list is former Royal burgh, Dumfries. A pretty market town on the mouth of the River Nith, Dumfries is becoming extremely popular due to its low property prices and stunning scenery. Less than 65 miles from Glasgow and Edinburgh, Dumfries offers the best of both worlds through countryside living with a relatively easy commute into Scotland’s major cities.
Pronounced ‘Hoick’, this little town on the Scottish borders is something of a hidden gem. Less than nine miles from Selkirk, Hawick is a picturesque town with a bustling high street, great sense of community and, rock bottom property prices. Although there aren’t huge employment opportunities within Hawick, both Selkirk and Galashiels are an easy enough commute - and worth it to be able to take advantage of the low cost of living in this scenic little hamlet.
Often overlooked in favour of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, Dundee has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. As the down-on-its-luck former mill town, Dundee is fast becoming one of the creative hubs of Scotland, with a creative economy of £200 million per year thanks to employers such as DC Thomsons. A bustling and increasingly trendy city, Dundee has stunning architecture, thriving shopping centres and great nightlife - all watched over by the city’s pride a joy; an eight foot bronze statue of Dandy comic favourite, Desperate Dan.
Isle of Skye
A foodie’s paradise, the Isle of Skye is a hugely popular holiday destination and, more and more holidaymakers are choosing to make this beautiful island their home. Famous for rugged landscapes, medieval castles and stunning coastline, the Isle of Skye is also home to some fantastic harbourside bars, restaurants and chic boutiques. Those choosing to live on this idyllic island can find employment within a reasonably easy commute in Broadford, Portree and Fort William.
There’s no denying that Scotland has been ‘having a moment’ in 2019 and, this is certainly set to continue as we head into a new decade.