Mull and Port Appin among the top 10 places to live

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Mull and Port Appin have been chosen as being among the best places to live in Scotland, according to The Sunday Times.

Ten Scottish locations were named in the ‘Best Places to Live’ guide, with Dundee taking the top spot.

The guide is created by using statistics, including up to date house prices, but also the knowledge of The Sunday Times’ expert panel.

The judges combine the data with their own on-the-ground experience and insight to ensure the chosen locations are places where everyone can thrive.

Port Appin features thanks to ‘breathtaking scenery that provides fabulous opportunities for walking, cycling and sailing, and welcoming community spirit’.

Dr Iain McNicol, who has lived in Port Appin for more than 50 years, said: ‘It is a great place to live. It is beautiful and a very friendly community. One of the nice things is that the people actually like and support each other.’

Dr McNicol took over as the Appin GP from his father in 1980. His favourite part of Port Appin is the walk round Clach Thoull. ‘It’s the gem of Port Appin,’ he said.

However, the The Sunday Times said the scenery ‘is even more breathtaking on Mull’, which was the only island on this year’s list.

Best known as the setting for children’s TV favourite Balamory, the judges described it as the perfect Goldilocks option: not too remote, not too busy, and perfectly Scottish from its white-sand beaches to its gorse-covered slopes and Munro-sized peak, Ben More.

Alexandra Stevens, who recently moved back to the island to open The Gallery Cafe in Tobermory, said: ‘What makes Mull a special place to live? There are so many reasons I chose to reside here.

‘Watching the sun come up over Tobermory Harbour. The view of Ben Hiant from the lighthouse path. The sheer and overwhelming beauty on those rare sunny days when colours radiate and waters glisten.

‘It’s feeling valued and purposeful. It’s support and opportunity. Real bottom-up development and community-led change. It’s friendships formed at school that last a lifetime and memories of a childhood spent outdoors.’

Other locations making the top 10 in Scotland were Glasgow’s trendy Finnieston district, as well as the commuter towns of Kilmacolm and Killearn.

Last year’s winner, Melrose, narrowly missed out, with its Borders neighbour St Boswells taking its spot.