North east coast leads the way for Scotland's seaside towns since 2005

25 May 2015

Three seaside towns in Scotland have recorded at least a doubling in house prices since 2005, according to research from Bank of Scotland. Two towns are on the Aberdeenshire coast. Fraserburgh once again has experienced the biggest rise with a 109% increase from an average price of £63,540 in 2005 to £132,920 in 2014.  Lerwick (102%) and Peterhead (102%) have also doubled their house prices since 2005. (Table 1)

A further 15 coastal towns – out of a total of 59 surveyed – have recorded price increases of at least 50% since 2005.  Partly due to the substantial rises in the top performing towns, the average house price in Scotland's seaside towns rose by 38% between 2005 and 2014; exceeding the 31% increase for Great Britain as a whole.

Newtonhill saw the largest house price increase over the last year, going from £199,902 in 2013 to £240,899 in 2014 (21%). Dalgety Bay (16%) and Macduff (15%) were the other top performers (Table 2).

Most expensive properties along the eastern coastline

There is an east-west divide in house prices in Scottish seaside towns, with nine of the ten most expensive seaside towns being located on the eastern coastline. St Andrews is Scotland’s most expensive seaside town with an average house price of £294,586. North Berwick is the second most expensive (£294,076), followed by Stonehaven (£243,741) and Newtonhill (£240,899). (Table 3)

All of the ten least expensive seaside towns are in western Scotland. Port Bannantyne is the most inexpensive in Scotland with an average price of £73,539. All ten least expensive towns have an average price below £100,000. (Table 4)

Nitesh Patel, housing economist at Bank of Scotland, comments:

"Seaside towns are highly popular places to live in Scotland as they offer a unique lifestyle with a typically high quality of life and a healthy environment.  A number of seaside towns have recorded substantial house price increases over the past decade, predominately on the east coast. The boom in the Scottish oil sector during the period also provided a boost to house prices, particularly in several towns along the Aberdeenshire coastline. Scottish seaside town house prices have done particularly well over the last ten years, outperforming the average for Great Britain as a whole."