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Revealed: Five best places to live in Northern Ireland, according to Sunday Times

By Cate McCurry

The best places to live in Northern Ireland have been unveiled.

Seaside locations appear to be the most favoured and ideal places to set down roots, with Portstewart, Ballycastle and Rostrevor making the top six alongside the Erneside town of Enniskillen.

Also featured in the top locations to live are Cultra in Co Down and south Belfast.

The list was compiled by the Sunday Times, and will be published this weekend.

It is part of the newspaper's Best Places To Live guides.

The annual supplements combine data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance, with the input of Sunday Times writers to find the top locations to make your home.

Northern Ireland's exceptional locations were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

Some of the featured towns also boast the most expensive homes in Northern Ireland, including Cultra where golfer Rory McIlroy has a home.

Ballycastle often features on the best places to live list and came out on top last year.

Enniskillen in Co Fermanagh is famed for its magnificent lakeland setting, picturesque scenery and untouched beauty, with Lough Erne as the backdrop.

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The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Part 1 is the first in a two-part series.

This weekend it reveals the best places to live in the north and northeast of England, the Midlands, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Part two, published next Sunday, will reveal the best places in the southwest, east, London, Scotland and the northwest, as well as the overall best place to live in the UK.

Sunday Times home editor Helen Davies said: "Britain (sic) is full of great places to live, and our annual supplement celebrates the richness on offer from bustling market towns and buzzing city centres to sociable suburbs and sleepy hamlets.

"We go beyond dry statistics, drawing on personal experience and the expertise of our writers, to create the definitive list of the best places to live in the United Kingdom."

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