It’s official - Ballycastle is best place to live in Northern Ireland!

Ballycastle has been crowned the best place to live in Northern Ireland

Ballycastle has been crowned the best place to live in Northern Ireland

Ballycastle in Co Antrim has been crowned the Best Place to Live in Northern Ireland.

The seaside town is one of five locations in the province named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times.

The beach at Ballycastle

The beach at Ballycastle

Ardglass in Co Down, Castlerock in Co Londonderry, Hillsborough in Co Down and Holywood also made the list.

The accolade comes in part one of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, which is published on Sunday.

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

The 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.

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain Part 1 is the first in a two part series. This weekend it reveals the best places to live in the Southeast, East, Northeast and Yorkshire, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Part two, published on Sunday 20 March will reveal the best places in the Southwest, Midlands, London and the Northwest, as well as the overall best place to live in the UK.

Commenting on The Sunday Times Best Places to Live, Home Editor Helen Davies said: “Britain 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 UK.”

Readers will be able to join in the conversation online by sharing their favourite places and why they love them using the hashtag #bestplacestolive.

The Best Places to Live in Britain exemplifies The Sunday Times’ rich heritage and commitment to investing in its journalism to continue offering readers world-class, unique and unrivalled content.

Join in the conversation on social media using #bestplacestolive with the best contributions appearing in next week’s Best Places. Watch our exclusive footage of a drone flying over the port town of Fowey online, in our tablet edition and on our Facebook page.