Beauly is a charming old stone village situated just 15 minutes drive from Inverness. The original market town for the surrounding glens, it has grown and thrived in recent years. With colourful floral displays throughout the summer (winter of Britain in Bloom), Beauly has a superb selection of interesting and unusual small shops as well as excellent restaurants, cafes and inns. It is superbly located to enjoy the wealth of activities and places of interest in the whole of the Highland region. For golfers there is beautiful 9 hole golf course open to visitors at Aigas, just a short drive away, and there are a number of other 18 hole courses in the area. Glen Affic, one of the most beautiful and scenic Highland glens, is close by. Here there are wonderful walks, with waterfalls, old Caledonian forests and amazing flora and fauna. Canoeing, sailing, skiing, mountain biking and riding, pony trekking and fishing are all available locally. Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands is easily accessible. It is an enchanting city, with beautiful Ness side walks and superb leisure facilities including a multi million pound theatre complex, ice rink, cinemas and an aqua dome. There are plenty of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars, set against the backdrop of the imposing Inverness castle that looks down on the river. There are also many places of interest and historical sites within easy reach, including Cawdor Castle, with its stunning gardens and fascinating history, dating back to the days od ’Macbeth’. Wander through the atmospheric battlefields of Culloden and visit the new audio visual experience or take a short drive to Fort George, set out on a promontory with spectacular views of the Moray Firth. There are also numerous sandy beaches and miles of unspoilt coastline to explore. The Moray Firth area is renowned for its population of bottle nosed dolphins and there are a number of boat trips available to view the dolphins, seals and wide variety of bird life close to hand. Loch Ness is just 13 miles away and provides a memorable day out. There are two ’monster’ exhibitions, boat trips on the loch and the stunningly beautiful Urquhart Castle situated at the head of Loch Ness. To the north is the wild and dramatic scenery of Sutherland and Caithness and to the south Aviemore and the Cairngorm mountain range.