There are traces of people living in the area from 2000BC, but most would trace the origins of the village back to the founding of the Priory in the early 13th Century. It is now a ruin, but the elm tree which stands at the entrance to the graveyard, at eight hundred years old, is believed to be the oldest elm tree in Europe.

Mary Queen of Scots is said to have visited Beauly in 1564 and stayed overnight.

The history of the village is inextricably linked with a number of the Scottish clans, most notably the Lovat Frasers who owned much of the land around the village and had their base at Beaufort Castle. The Chisholms owned much of the land on the north side of the River Beauly and ruled from Erchless Castle while the Mackenzie clan ruled the lands to the North of Beauly.

The current Lord Lovat is the great-grandson of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, who founded the Lovat Scouts in 1899 to fight in the Boer War. His grandfather, also Simon Fraser was honoured for his bravery during the 2nd World War and is best remembered for his D-day landing with his piper.

The Phipps Institute, the very grand "village hall" was built with money gifted by Mr. Phipps who was the Company Secretary in Andrew Carnegie's steel company and who regularly rented out Beaufort Castle.
Phipps Institute