Before the Kessock and Cromarty Bridges created a shorter route to the north, the A9 used to pass through Beauly.
As its name in French means 'Beautiful Place', it lives up to it. It lies on the north bank of the Beauly River, anout 20 minutes from Inverness.
The main attraction for tourists is Beauly Priory, a ruined church dating back to 1230.
However, to me I always remember Beauly for its broad main square. We used to park the car here and go for an ice-cream .
Much of Beauly including the impressive Lovat Arms Hotel is built of red stone.
About a mile south west of Beauly is the Telford designed Lovat bridge  which crosses the River Beauly
From Beauly it is easy to visit The Black Isle, or go west into the beautiful countryside and Glen Affric