I've concidered Manchester, whats wrong with that Mark? But yeah I'm looking into Scotland now.
Thing is with moving away is being lonely coz I won't know anyone, with Manchester my family and friends will be close by.
I'm not judging or anything but going by the troubles you have had with your friends and the type of guys you seem to get in Wigan
maybe it would be best to give yourself a fresh start. You can join plenty of local gym, dance, art classes where you can make friends and of course in the workplace... it's kind of like moving away to uni, you don't know anyone