|Population||1,365  (2011 census)|
est. 1,130 (2006)
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Beauly ( BEW-lee; from French beau lieu, meaning 'beautiful place'; Scottish Gaelic: A' Mhanachainn) is a town in the Kilmorack Parish of the Scottish County of Inverness, on the River Beauly, 10 miles (16 km) west of Inverness by the Far North railway line. The town is now within the Highland council area.
The land around Beauly is fertile - historically corn was grown extensively  and more recently fruit has successfully been farmed. The town historically traded in coal, timber, lime, grain and fish.
Beauly is the site of the Beauly Priory, or the Priory Church of the Blessed Virgin and John the Baptist, founded in 1230 by John Byset of the Aird, for Valliscaulian monks. Following the Reformation, the buildings (except for the church, which is now a ruin) passed into the possession of Lord Lovat.
The population of Beauly was 855 in 1901.
In 2002, the Beauly railway station, built in 1862 and closed in 1960, was renovated and reopened.
In January 2010, the Scottish government approved controversial plans for a power line upgrade that will begin in Beauly and end in Denny, Falkirk. The new power line, part of a plan to carry electricity generated by wind farms on the Western Isles, was called "the most significant grid infrastructure project in a generation" by Jim Mather MSP. The 220-kilometre (140 mi) line will consist of a network of 600 pylons, ranging in height from 42 to 65 metres (138 to 213 ft). The first part of the transmission circuit (Beauly to Fort Augustus) was switched on in July 2013.
The population of Beauly was 1,126 in 1991, 1,283 in 2001 and 1,365 in 2011 
Beauly is in the Aird and Loch Ness Ward of the Highland Council  which has four seats which are currently (April 2015) held by two Independent councillors, one Scottish National Party councillor and one Scottish Liberal Democrat councillor.
3 miles (5 km) south of Beauly is Beaufort Castle, the chief seat of the Lovats, a modern mansion in the Scottish baronial style. It occupies the site of a fortress erected in the time of Alexander II, which was besieged in 1303 by Edward I. This was replaced by several castles in succession. One of these, Castle Dounie, was attacked and burned by the forces of Oliver Cromwell in 1650 and razed again by the royal army of Prince William, Duke of Cumberland in 1746 during the Jacobite Rising. Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat witnessed this latter conflagration of his castle from a neighbouring hill (he then fled and took refuge in the Highlands before his capture on Loch Morar).