Beauly, a thriving and bustling Highland village, provides an excellent base for outdoor pursuits enthusiasts. In particular, the area is popular with walkers, hill walkers and climbers. They all come to enjoy some of the most beautiful mountains and glens in Scotland. This includes Glen Affric, which is on its doorstep.
‘C’est un beau lieu‘, from the French – “what a beautiful place”. This was Mary Queen of Scots reaction to the grandeur of the scene when she stayed in Beauly in the 16th century. Local tradition credits the naming of the village to her.
Shopping in Beauly is a pleasant experience. Many of the shops are set around the attractive village square. It is one of the largest in the Highlands. There is a lovely mix of high-quality accommodation in Beauly. You’ll also find upmarket shops, restaurants, hotels and guest houses in the village, just 10 miles west of Inverness.
The route from Inverness follows the southern shore of the Beauly Firth, bounded at one end by Beauly and at the other by Inverness. The entire shoreline is a haven for estuary birds of all descriptions.
Another unusual bonus (these days) when visiting Beauly is that parking is plentiful and FREE!
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