This image of Rosebank, Birsay, Orkney, by Max Fletcher, may feature a derelict house, but communicates space, peacefulness, scenic-views and a distant community. These, and other attributes, are reasons why living on the northern archipelago has been named the best rural place to reside in Britain for the second consecutive year. The details of the Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey, promoted by the Halifax Building Society, appear in The Orcadian.
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