The ‘best rural place to live in Britain’ is the Orkney Islands


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From the Halifax 2018 Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey, here are the top 5:

  1. 1. Orkney Islands, Scotland
  2. Rutland, East Midlands
  3. Wychavon, West Midlands
  4. Winchester, South East
  5. Waverley, South East

The study looked at aspects of life including employment and education as well as social and environmental factors, to make the findings. This is the second year in a row for Orkney to come top.

It’s good to see Monty Python’s favourite, Rutland, coming in second. Scotland’s only other entry in the top 50, Shetland came in 41st. So, overall, maybe it’s not such good news. You have to wonder if they looked properly at parts of rural East Lothian, Dumfries and Galloway, Perthshire and eastern Fife, to name a few.


2 thoughts on “The ‘best rural place to live in Britain’ is the Orkney Islands

  1. sandra parker April 1, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    Funny how the only two areas of Scotland are the places that get extra money from oil – makes a big difference as they have surpluses that no other part of Scotland has. I love Orkney and lived there for many years but they are cushioned with the extra money as well as getting extra subsidies from Scot Gov so not really a fair comparison in some ways.


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