Beauly, Inverness-shire, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the town of Beauly in the Highlands of Scotland which is located about 30 minutes west of Inverness.

Interestingly, Beauly’s history has French influences, viz:

  • The name is a corruption of the French beau lieu or ‘fine place’ in English.
  • The now ruined priory, around which the town evolved, was originally known in Gaelic as Manachainn ‘ic Shimidh with Mac Shimidh being the patronymic of the Frasers of Lovat, a clan strong in this area today. The Gaelic name was replaced by the French.
  • Beauly Priory was founded c.1230 by monks of the Valliscaulin Order (reformed Benedictines) from Burgundy in France. Location was where the River Beauly enters the Beauly Firth (estuary). The Priory lasted for over 300 years until the Scottish Reformation in 1560. Only the roofless ruins of the priory church remain today. The church ruins are open for visitors.  Inside the ruins can be seen monuments to deceased Mackenzies dating back to the 15th century.

Beauly Priory

Lovat Scouts Monument, Beauly

Lovat Arms Hotel, Beauly

Today, Beauly remains a very pleasant and prosperous town with a wide main street along which can be found hotels, eateries, shops and banks.