Beauly Priory - Outside - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
This panoramic photograph of the outside of Beauly Priory gives an impression of what the church would have looked like intact. I enjoy taking panoramas of ancient sites and ruins, and this picture was no different. Not sure if a bright sky would have been an improvement, but it would certainly have changed the mood of the image.
Beauly Priory - Outside - FURTHER INFORMATION
Beauly Priory - Outside - Scottish Highlands visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Beauly Priory - Outside' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
Beauly Priory are ruins of a church founded in 1230 in the center of this prosperous market town. The Priory grounds are still a popular place to come for quiet time as they lie just beside the main town's square and it is easy to imagine how they would have provided a peaceful respite for weary travellers and traders frequenting this town.
The Priory is within sight of the Conon river, a vital freshwater source which kept this arable land fertile. On the far banks of the river was the site of Lovat castle. Although these lands were under the protection of many Lords over the centuries, little is known of this priory after it's inception, it's French monks and their successors, or even the time and circumstances of this building falling into ruin. However it is believed that around 1634, this priory was "disestablished" as a place of worship and may have fallen into disrepair thereafter.
Travel and Getting There
The Priory is 100 yards from the town square and car park which the main road cuts through en route from Inverness to Muir of Ord.