For many people, lockdown emphasised the importance of having space at home to relax outside of the four walls of your living room.
Now, with many trading in office chat by the water cooler for home working and Zoom calls, moving away is more viable than ever.
That’s why city dwellers are leaving their homes in favour of smaller towns with more outside space.
Towns on the coast meet these requirements, offering space to live outside of home along with picturesque views of the seaside.
You also tend to get more for your money, with expensive city flats the same price as some houses on the coast. Scotland’s average house price for January 2021 was £164,099, yet the average price in Edinburgh reached £300,710 last year, so it can be a good fiscal decision to leave the city.
Here are five of the best UK seaside towns if you’re planning to swap the city for the seaside.
Eyemouth sits on the east coast, less than ten miles north of the English border.
With around 3,500 residents, Eyemouth is a small harbour town at the mouth of the Eye Water, hence the name.
It’s a peaceful town known for its beautiful views of sea and land alike, with both rolling Scottish hills and the masts of fishing boats as far as you can see.
House prices reached £228,546 last year, making them more expensive than the average in the country, but still achievable.
Scarborough is a small town located on the north east coast of England in Yorkshire.
It’s home to two bays, each with a gorgeous, sandy beach, with the 12th-century Scarborough Castle sitting in between.
Scarborough is fairly large, home to more than 60,000 people. As a result, it has all the amenities of a big town, including good schools and a range of houses and flats.
With an average price of £177,577, houses in Scarborough are affordable, especially for those moving on a city budget.
St. Andrews, Fife
Just north east of Edinburgh, St Andrews is a beautiful, historic town on the east coast.
St Andrews is home to around 17,000 residents, boasting many features you might expect from a small city, including a cathedral and university.
It’s also home to the famous St Andrews Links, a centuries-old golf course that’s become a pilgrimage for golfers around the world.
The only downside to St. Andrews is that house prices are quite high for the area, reaching nearly £380,000 last year, more than double the national average.
If you’re looking for a total change of scene, you could consider Margate, located on the very edge of the south east English coast.
Historically, it was one of the key ports in England, a midpoint between Dover, Calais and the estuary into the Thames and London.
Margate is often considered one of the nicest seaside towns in England, and has become a haven for those looking to escape the city. As a result, average house prices have risen to nearly £300,000 over the last year.
Dalgety Bay, Fife
On the edge of county Fife just south of Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay is a gorgeous coastal town with more than 10,000 residents.
Many people use Dalgety Bay as a commuter town for Edinburgh, accessible via the M90 in 30 minutes or public transport in an hour.
House prices are surprisingly low considering the proximity to the city, with an average price of £211,700 last year.