The Priory Hotel
Top 10 things to do in and around Beauly
A staycation in the Scottish Highlands wouldn't be complete without a visit to the picturesque village of Beauly. The name Beauly comes from the French "beau lieu" a "beautiful place". Beauly is centred around a bustling village square filled with award winning independent shops and great places to eat and drink. We have put together our top 10 things to do to save you time!
Take a walk
Just 10 minutes drive from Beauly is the beautiful Reelig Glen. The magical forest walk has some of the oldest and tallest trees in Britain, you are guided around the Moniak burn where you will also find stone structures, said to have been built to keep Highlanders in work after the Clearances. The walk takes around an hour.
Looking for something special
Campbell’s of Beauly, a country tailor and outfitter. If you are looking for something quintessentially “Scottish” then head to Campbell’s of Beauly to browse their collection of traditional tweeds and tartans. This historic shop was established in 1858 and has long supplied tweeds for estates and royalty, and you too, can be kitted out in Highland attire.
The Beauly Priory is one of three priories founded in Scotland in about 1230 for monks of the Valliscaulian order. The monks continued religious life in Beauly for over 300 years, today, only the ruins of the Abbey Church still stand. You can enjoy a stroll through the grounds and view the diverse range of burial monuments, from impressive tombs of the 1400s to headstones of townspeople from the past 200 years. The Priory is also mentioned in series two of Outlander, the location where “Claire Fraser” met Seer Maisri, who told her of Simon Fraser’s future demise. The grounds also feature several mature trees, including an ancient 800 year old Elm.
Iain Marr Antiques in Beauly was founded in 1975 and is the only Highland member of the London & Provincial Antique Dealers Association. Its customers range from royalty to film stars! You can browse their collection and come away with some beautiful treasures; it’s not to be missed.
Café Biagiotti – For lovers of Italian cuisine, café Biagiotti is a fantastic lunch spot selling homemade breads, pastries and light lunches which you can enjoy whilst looking out onto the village square.
Water of Life
Glen Ord Distillery – Home to Singleton of Glen Ord Malt Whisky, which is made with barley from the Black Isle and water from the White Burn and produces a Scotch of vibrant colour. The Glen Ord Distillery is just 5 minutes from Beauly. They offer a variety of tours to suit everyone from the novice to the whisky connoisseur. It’s always a good idea to call in advance to arrange a tour.
Time for Tee
Muir of Ord golf course is a short 5 minutes drive from Beauly. The 18 hole heathland course was designed by James Braid and won Scottish Golf Club of the Year 2016. It enjoys the added challenge of a railway line running through the course.
The Old School Beauly is an award winning lifestyle shop and is based in a beautiful Victorian Primary School. It specialises in gifts, home wares and clothing.
The Gift is a fabulous independent shop which was established in 2002 and offers a unique shopping experience. It is crammed full of gift ideas and clothing for you and all your loved ones.
Corner on the Square is an award winning and popular licensed delicatessen and eaterie in the village. Whether you are stopping for a bite to eat or just want to browse their expansive selection, it’s not to be missed.