|Scottish Gaelic: A' Mhanachainn|
Beauly shown within the Inverness area
|Population||1,164  (2001 census)
est. 1,130 (2006)
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Ross, Skye and Lochaber|
|Scottish Parliament||Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch|
Beauly (// BEW-lee; from French Beaulieu, meaning "beautiful place"; Scottish Gaelic: A' Mhanachainn) is a town of the Scottish county of Inverness-shire, on the River Beauly, 10 miles west of Inverness by the Far North railway line. Its population was 855 in 1901. The town is now within the Highland council area.
The land around Beauly is fertile and the town historically traded in coal, timber, lime, grain and fish.
Beauly is the site of the Beauly Priory, or the Priory Church of the Blessed Virgin and John the Baptist, founded in 1230 by John Byset of the Aird, for Valliscaulian monks. Following the Reformation, the buildings (except the church, now a ruin) passed into the possession of Lord Lovat.
In 1994 Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat sold the castle to Ann Gloag of the Stagecoach Group to pay off debts. In 2002, the Beauly railway station, built in 1862 and closed in 1960, was renovated and reopened.
In January 2010, the Scottish government approved controversial plans for a power line upgrade that will begin in Beauly and end in Denny, Falkirk. The new power line, part of a plan to carry electricity generated by wind farms on the Western Isles, was called "the most significant grid infrastructure project in a generation" by Jim Mather MSP. The 220-kilometre (140 mi) line will consist of a network of 600 pylons, ranging in height from 42 to 65 metres (138 to 213 ft).
Three miles south of Beauly is Beaufort Castle, the chief seat of the Lovats, a modern mansion in the Scottish baronial style. It occupies the site of a fortress erected in the time of Alexander II., which was besieged in 1303 by Edward I. This was replaced by several castles in succession, of which one, Castle Dounie, was taken by Oliver Cromwell and burned by Prince William, Duke of Cumberland in 1746, the conflagration being witnessed from a neighbouring hill by Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat, before his capture on Loch Morar.
- Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba ~ Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland
- List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic - NewsNetScotland
- "Comparative Population Profile: Beauly Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 2001-04-29. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Beauly". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Power line upgrade given go-ahead, a 6 January 2010 article from BBC News
- Visit Beauly from the Beauly Marketing Group