Walks Around Beauly
Cnoc-na Rath (Hill on a Path)Start at the Bank of Scotland and walk up Croyard Road as far as the Primary School (0.25 miles). Turn left just past the school, through a gate and follow the footpath into a wooden glen. Shortly you will emerge from the trees alongside the park where you can return to the road or continue on the footpath with a fine view over open countryside to the west. Soon you will come back into woods and pass a covered well. The spring that feeds the well is on a rock stratum the other end of which is at Strathpeffer. At one time it was hoped that Beauly too would become a famous spa. In 1895 Lord Lovat formally opened the spring but within a few years it had fallen into disuse. In 2002 money was raised to build the small stone enclosure and plaque labelling it "Beauly Spa". The main road lies straight ahead and turning left brings you back to your starting point.
Distance 1.7 miles.
River PathCross over the main road where you came out of Cnoc-na Rath and enter a lane leading down to the river. With the river on your left walk up the river bank path as far as the houses at Maple Vale, turn right and you rejoin the main road. Turn right and this brings you back to your starting point.
Distance: 1 mile.
DunmoreStand at the Bank of Scotland and walk up Croyard Road passing the school and out into open country. Cross over the railway bridge and up to the crossroads, turn right for Rheindown. Pass Rheindown Farm and continue up to where the road forks. At this point 1.25 miles, go left for Dunmore. Approaching Dunmore, woods will be on your right with glorious views over Beauly and the Firth on your left. Pass through Dunmore and take the first turning on your left which will bring you back to your starting point.
Distance 3.8 miles.
RuilickStart at the Bank of Scotland and walk up to the crossroads and turn left. Continue on this road for about 1.5 miles, passing Farlie House. At the next junction turn right and after a short distance turn right again up a very steep hill. At the top of the hill turn right for Ruilick and Dunmore. This time the woods will be on your left with glorious views over the Aird and the Firth on your right. At the next junction go right for Ruilick and following the road downhill will bring you back to your starting point.
Distance 4.6 miles.
ClashandorranStart this walk from the Bank of Scotland and walk up Croyard Road. Turn right at the crossroads and continue up the hill to Rheindown. At the road fork, bear right and keep on to the T-junction where you turn right again for Teandalloch. All the way along the junction, on the right are breath-taking views over the Black Isle, the Beauly Firth and the Aird. Going down hill enjoy the panorama. Cross over the railway bridge with the golf course on your left. At the main road turn right and walk back to Beauly via Windhill. There is a pavement (sometimes on one side and then on the other).
Distance 4.95 miles.
Riverside and the PrioryStart at the Royal Bank of Scotland and walk down Ferry Road, stopping to look at the small garden dedicated to Simon Lord Lovat, The World War 11 hero. Shortly you will come to the river. Turn left and go along the bank enjoying fine views over the river. The ruins of the Priory will be seen on the left, but you come to the entrance later in the walk. Your way is barred by a security fence but after the last house, turn left and a footpath will bring you through a small play park into Orchard Park and then the main road. Turn left into the village and you will be at the entrance to the Beauly Firth and Glens Trust Information and Exhibition Centre. From the Centre make your way into the 13th Century Priory and marvel at its history and beauty. Leave the Priory by the gate into the square and continue past the Mercat Cross to your starting point.
Distance 1.5 miles.