Beauly & Ord
Upstream of the Beauly Firth is a small area of fertile farmland and flood plain protected from the elements by low hill in all directions except to the east. Beauly and Muir of Ord are the two main villages, both bustling places once situated on the main road north from Inverness until the Kessock Bridge was built over the firth. Beauly is the smaller of the settlements, but in our opinion slightly more attractive with a beautiful ruined priory in the centre, while Muir of Ord sits at a main crossroads with the Black Isle's only remaining distillery on its outskirts. Avoid the southern part of the area for the few days each summer when crowds descend for the Belladrum music festival: we can confirm that traffic chaos ensues.
|[View west from Cnoc Croit na Maoile, above Muir of Ord (May 2015)]|
Name: Beauly Priory ★★☆☆☆
Description: Benedictine monastery, now ruined but dating to the 11th century and easily pre-dating the village that now surrounds it.
Location: Beauly village centre, G.R.: NH 528465 / cooks dive ghost
Open (2017): Daily
Name: Glen Ord Distillery ★★★☆☆
Description: Popular Highland distillery with a famous 12-year old single malt; large visitor centre and exhibition.
Location: West edge of Muir of Ord, G.R.: NH 519507 / travels kilt pressing
Open (2017): Daily, May to September; generally Monday to Saturday for rest of year
Cost (2017): £6+ depending on tour type
>> see separate post for Walk: Cnoc Croit na Maoile ★★★☆☆