'I am one of those who always thinks it fun to be in Scotland'
(Hilaire Belloc, Places, 1942)
It is said that when Mary Queen of Scots came to our village she exclaimed, 'Oui. C'est un beau lieu.' Well 400 years later the eponymous description still fits. In fact, Beauly recently won the title, 'Best Large Village' in the Britain in Bloom competition. An beyond the cornucopia of flowers bedecking the market square, Beauly is in the midst of some of Scotland's finest mountains and glens. Glen Affric, Glen Cannich and Strathfarrer are on Beauly's doorstep. They are reckoned to be three of Scotland's finest glens. They are adorned with grand old Scots Pines, wild orchids and primroses; they are inhabited by the Red Squirrel, Pine Martin, Deer, Wildcat and Black Grouse. High above these rich natural environments soar awe-inspiring snow clad Munros circled by Golden Eagles. This is undoubtedly a heavenly place to roam, to cycle, to pony-trek, to canoe, to fish or shoot, to play golf, or just sit in the sun by a still loch and meditate.
Beauly is located at the true heart of the Scottish Highlands and from here day trips can be made to a host of locations. Being located a short drive from the A9 makes us easily accessible from both the North and South, Beauly is a great centre from which to explore the heart of the Highlands. Beauly is 3-4 hours drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh and a few miles from Inverness which is connected by rail and air to the rest of Britain.
Listed below is a number of sample drives that can be taken from the hotel:
Go South to Loch Ness - from Beauly it's a round trip- head first for Inverness and either go to the northside of the loch down the A82 to Drumanadrchit for some monster-hunting and to explore Urquhart Castle.Or go through Inverness down the A862 through DORES and the B852 to FOYERS, or down the A9 to Daviot and through Strathnairn on the B851.These two meet meet up before Whitebridge and so down on to FORT AUGUSTUS. Here there is an ABBEY with a visitor centre, plus opportunities for BOAT TRIPS on Loch Ness, and a flight of lock, part of the CALEDONIAN CANAL. Come back via Glen Urquhart and Cannich.
Go North - up the A9. In Sutherland, notable attractions are DUNROBIN CASTLE in GOLSPIE, and a fine golf course at DORNOCH. And even further north, not to be missed at WICK is CAITHNESS GLASS factory and the Heritage Museum The North East tip of the UK mainland is John O'Groats of course. Definitely a full day trip.
Go East - INVERNESS has all sorts of fine shops, and facilities such as a swimming pool. Visit the home of Highland Music at Balnain House, the local museum, wander round the Ness Islands, and the Floral Hall.
Go West - down the A82 to Invermoriston and turn right for EILEAN DOAN CASTLE,and KYLE OF LOCHALSH with the new bridge to Skye. If however, you bear left at Invermoriston, you will continue down the A82 through the Great Glen and reach FORT WILLIAM. Here you can catch a gondola up to Aonach Mor ski area, or have a go at BEN NEVIS, Britain's highest mountain, explore the Morven peninsula and much more besides. But not all in the one day!
For the keen golfer the Priory is an ideal central location for easy access to some of the North's best courses. Within an hour's drive there are more than twenty courses ranging from the Championship courses at Dornoch and Nairn to the hidden gems of Gairloch and Bonar Bridge. Please use our course selector below to plan your golfing break and for any further details regarding our Golf packages please contact our reservation team who will be delighted to help you.
6 courses to give you a taster
1. Royal Dornoch - 40 Miles - 6581 yards Standard Scratch 73 One of the Top 50 in the world
2. Tain - 35 Miles - 6311 yards Standard scratch 70 The North's Hidden Gem
3. Nairn - 30 Miles - 6472 yards - Standard Scratch 73 Walker Cup Host '99
4. Boat of Garten - 40 Miles 5866yards - The Gleneagles of the North
5. Strathpeffer - 10 Miles 4792 yards SSS 64 - not for the feint hearted but the views are majestic
6. Muir Of Ord - 2 Miles 5557 yards - SS68 Only for the straight hitter and accurate wedge player
How to find us:
By Car: The Priory is only 3-4 hours easy driving from Glasgow or Edinburgh. Official Glasgow Airport Taxis website. A regular coach service links Inverness with the rest of Britain and car hire is available in Inverness and Dingwall.
By Rail: Intercity trains operate day and night to Inverness,where a regular coach service or car hire can be obtained.