East Lothian village named one of the best in the UK by The Times

By Alexander Smail

The Sunday Times has revealed its top 50 villages to live in the UK, and an East Lothian favourite has made the cut.

The list includes villages from all across the UK, and was compiled by the newspaper with a particular eye on places that have good looking houses, strong transport connections, reputable schools and friendly neighbours.

Judged by these criteria, Gullane, looks to be one of the best villages in the country to settle down.

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Located just 20 miles out of Edinburgh, the seaside spot was noted for its "dream of a beach" and impressive array of restaurants and eateries.

The Sunday Times' description of Gullane reads: "You don’t have to enjoy golf if you live here but it helps — there are three high-class courses, including venerable Muirfield.

"There’s plenty more to enjoy: Gullane Bents is a dream of a beach, whether you want to swim, make sandcastles, windsurf or just watch the seals bobbing in the Firth of Forth."

The newspaper added: "It’s all pretty high-end but not haughty, with a friendly village school, film nights in the village hall (pandemic permitting) and clubs and classes for everything from tennis to line dancing."

The Sunday Times also noted that the average house price in the village is £348,646.

Also making an appearance on the list is Lower Largo in Fife, which was praised for its beach, pubs, and yearly arts festival.

You can view the full list here.


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