Beauly is an attractive village about 10 miles west of Inverness. It is said to have got its name in the 16th century when visited by Mary Queen of Scots. She (a french speaker) commented 'C'est un beau lieu' (what a beautiful place).
Beauly has beautiful flower displays, and has been winner of Scotland in Bloom, and even Britain in Bloom (the large village section).
Home to award-winning shops and cafes it has all the essentials: banks, post office, a butcher, a baker, a jeweller, an antiques shop, a chemist, an iron mongers, two gift shops and two galleries. The historic Campbell's Tweed shop is legendary and still makes estate tweed outfits for many of the Highland estates, and visiting royalty!
The remains of the Beauly priory is an interesting place to visit.
Beauly has many fine building around its square and the amazing Lovat Arms Hotel building is particularly splendid.
The river Beauly is highly rated as a salmon-fishing river and there is good fishing along the coast of the Beauly Firth too.