Four Scottish villages have been named among the poshest places to live in the UK.

The countryside property market is booming as people turn away from bustling towns and cities in search of the perfect rural retreat.

Estate agents Knight Frank has reported the highest number of sales in the country market for 15 years and the number of home buyers registering last year is up 35%.

Driven by this increased demand for the country life, The Telegraph has named the country’s most desirable villages in each county.

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Talking about what makes a place highly sought after, analyst at Savills, Frances Clacy, told the newspaper: “People want villages that have a bit of everything, from schools to stunning countryside, with accessibility to cities and transport infrastructure.

“Less well-trumpeted factors count too, such as the main road through the village should only lead to other villages.”

Scotland's most desirable villages

East Lothian: Gullane

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Average house price: £356,615

What makes it so appealing?  Gullane is popular with locals and visitors alike and it's not hard to see why.

The Telegraph describes it as a "pretty village" that boasts three golf courses, quality restaurants as well as plenty to do.

Located on the Southern shore of the Forth, you will find it just five miles from the bustling town of North Berwick.

Gullane attracts all kinds of people for its art galleries and museums as well as windsurfers and beachgoers due to its stunning seaside location.

Fife: Elie

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Average house price: £349,951

What makes it so appealing? This popular seaside spot, found in the East Neuk of Fife also made the Telegraph's list.

Elie boasts five scenic beaches with a picturesque harbour that was established in the 16th century.

Locals and visitors can take part in various watersports, hit the tennis club and explore the popular Ardross Farm Shop and Wade Gallery.

There are plenty of dining options on offer from the Ship Inn to the Michelin-starred Peat Inn which is just a short drive away. 

Perthshire: Strathtay

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Average house price:  £287,476

What makes it so appealing? Perthshire's rural village located on the River Tay charmed the experts at the Telegraph as well as many who visit.

Its largely Victorian architecture has remained fairly untouched since that era giving it a classic and timeless appeal.

Locals and visitors can enjoy the use of the golf course that dates back to 1909 with access to various amenities within walking distance including pubs like Inn on the Tay and the Grandtully Hotel.

Stirling and Falkirk: Killearn

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Average House Price: £315,927

What makes it so appealing? Situated just 17 miles from Glasgow's bustling city centre, Killearn is found on the northwestern end of the Campsie Fells.

Killearn is home to a charming church/village hall, a dog and baby-friendly café and a theatre school.

There is plenty to keep you entertained with various activities on offer including baby music classes and yoga sessions.

In nearby Dumgoyne, you will also find the most southerly Highland malt whisky distillery, Glengoyne Distillery.