The Herald Magazine - - etc SCOTLAND’S HOMES - Bev­er­ley Brown

RU­RAL but not re­mote, ap­pears to be the buzz­word for those as­pir­ing to live in the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to Scot­tish Govern­ment sta­tis­tics pub­lished this week, which show the pop­u­la­tion of ru­ral Scot­land has con­tin­ued to grow at a faster rate than the rest of the coun­try, driven by the in­crease in ac­ces­si­ble ru­ral ar­eas com­bined with the many other ben­e­fits as­so­ci­ated with coun­try liv­ing, in­clud­ing longer life ex­pectancy.

Bob Cherry, head of res­i­den­tial sales for Gal­braith in Ayr­shire, com­ments: “There are huge ad­van­tages to liv­ing in the coun­try in terms of life­style – and prop­er­ties priced up to £400,000 in ru­ral ar­eas con­tinue to be in great de­mand. In­creas­ingly, the key ques­tion pur­chasers ask us is the speed of a prop­erty’s In­ter­net con­nec­tion.”

But new govern­ment fig­ures show that 11

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