Helensburgh has been named as the best place to live by the sea in Scotland by The Times newspaper.
The town’s Waitrose supermarket, opened in 2013, is cited as a key reason for its attractiveness in today’s report, which puts Rhossilli in South Wales at the top of the table for coastal living.
Helensburgh is 14th in the UK but has the highest position of anywhere in Scotland is the newspaper’s top 30 – next best is Elie in Fife in 20th, followed by Bute (28th) and North Berwick (29th).
The newspaper says that ‘wealthy Glaswegians and some of Scotland’s finest footballers’ live in Helensburgh, adding:
This affluent seaside town on the north shore of the Firth of Clyde is great value for money and is one of the few places in Scotland to have a Waitrose.
There’s some fabulous architecture from Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the stars of the Arts and Craft movement, who built handsome villas for wealthy Glaswegian merchants, and it’s only 45 minutes by train to Glasgow.
You can get a five- or six-bedroom sandstone Victorian villa for £500,000 that would have cost £850,000 pre the crash in 2007.