TWO Ayrshire locations are among the most in-demand seaside destinations to buy property in the UK.

Troon came third in the list compiled by Rightmove, behind Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, and Whitby, North Yorkshire, which took top spot.

Ayr came in seventh place, with Padstow and Newquay, both in Cornwall, and Salcombe in Devon in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Rightmove compared the volumes of people inquiring about homes for sale with the number of available properties and the general size of seaside locations to work out which places were most in demand.

The average price tag on a home in Whitby is just more than £210,000, with estate agents reporting increased demand for holiday homes over the past month and more families looking for a new lifestyle, Rightmove said. Whitley Bay has an average asking price of just over £260,000.

Troon, the top-ranking Scottish location, has an average asking price of £165,386, with Ayr’s at £149,746.

Situated on the west coast of Ayrshire, Troon is known for its beaches, seafront attractions and golf courses.

Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “Having the chance to look out your window to a sea view is something many home hunters tell us is a dream of theirs.

“This means that the properties that do offer this are able to charge a premium compared to those inland.”

He added: “Lockdown has changed what a number of home-hunters are now looking for from their next home, and while some are looking for more space or a bigger garden, others are now contemplating a move to the seaside.”

Here are the most in-demand seaside locations and the average property asking price, according to Rightmove:

1. Whitby, North Yorkshire, £213,053
2. Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, £263,078
3. Troon, Ayrshire, £165,386
4. Padstow, Cornwall, £497,051
5. Newquay, Cornwall, £275,101
6. Salcombe, Devon, £730,213
7. Ayr, Ayrshire, £149,746
8. Bude, Cornwall, £311,666
9. Caister-On-Sea, Norfolk, £217,827
10. Ilfracombe, Devon, £203,620