Beauly Priory Ruins

Beauly, United Kingdom

Beauly Priory was a Valliscaulian monastic community. It was probably founded in 1230. It is not known for certain who the founder was, different sources giving Alexander II of Scotland, John Byset, and both. The French monks, along with Bisset (a nearby, recently settled landowner), had a strong enough French-speaking presence to give the location and the river the name beau lieu ('beautiful place') and have it pass into English. It is not the best documented abbey, and few of the priors of Beauly are known by name until the 14th century. It became Cistercian on April 16, 1510, after the suppression of the Valliscaulian Order by the Pope. The priory was gradually secularized, and ruled by a series of commendators. The priory's lands were given over to the bishop of Ross by royal charter on October 20, 1634. The ruins today are still extensive and are one of the main visitor attractions in Inverness-shire.



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Founded: 1230
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom


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Matt K (20 months ago)
Nice central location in the town and a great example of the ruins you would expect to see in the highlands. The building is great for architectural photography and well worth a visit of you are interested in architecture or history.
Robin Croft (2 years ago)
Beautiful ruins. Some helpful information boards. Nice quiet spot.
Rebecca M (2 years ago)
Beautiful remains of an ancient priory. I highly recommend visiting if you happen to be in the area. I wouldn't want to be there at night though as I felt like it might be haunted.
Mark Findlay (2 years ago)
Been here for over 100 nights this year with work, longest stint 42 nights and I can honestly say I've never been looked after by so many genuinly lovely people in any other hotel. Nothing is perfect, but the staff here are pretty close!
Finn Simpson (2 years ago)
Beautiful old building. Loads of information not so good for taking children there is plenty to do and eat in Beauly. The oldest gravestone was that I saw was 1814. A bit creepy but really interesting.
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