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Beauly is a smallish village in the Scottish Highlands, lying 10 miles from Inverness the area offers superb photographic opportunities.
Surrounded by some stunning scenery and some stunning National Parks. Beauly itself is a vibrant village with plenty of upmarket shops and of course Ffordes of Beauly, a large retailer of photographic equipment.
Lying at the end of the Beauly Firth which offers some excellent shots for the twitchers and seascape photographers. Surrounded by rolling countryside and forest walks there is always somewhere and something to photograph.
Not too far away are both Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar, both of which are National Nature Reserves.
The National Nature Reserve of Glen Affric, reputed to be the most beautiful glen in Scotland, some even say the world! It has one of the largest ancient Caledonian pinewoods in Scotland, as well as lochs, moorland and mountains.
It is a haven for a huge variety of wildlife and you are sure to come across some of the many inhabitants, red, roe and sika deer, foxes, stoats, weasels, badgers, and pine martens. If you're very lucky you may even see otters in the lochs and rivers.
Scottish crossbills, crested tits, eagles, red and black throated divers, some rare, but present, black grouse, golden eagles, merlin and osprey are recorded amongst the one hundred different types of birds living here.
There is a multitude of insects and reptiles present including butterflies, dragonflies, dung beetles and even adders, slow worms and lizards.
Some varieties of the dragon and damsel-flies have survived here since the last Ice Age; the northern emerald survives in only one other area of Scotland.
Glen Strathfarrar is stunnigly beautiful once you get past the rather insignificant beginning. Drive along some 5 miles through the single track road glen and the scenery takes a dramatic change, from flat open ground to mountainous and loch filled scenes. Red Deer are abundant here and are rather photographer friendly??
Some of the best waterfalls and lochs in the area are in both these Glens, but we also have Glen Cannich with Plodda Falls and some stunning scenery.
Beauly lies what appears to be almost 10 miles from all the major places of interest and larger towns, forward planning by the Lovats and Frasers I think!! Roughly 10 miles from Inverness, roughly 10 miles from Loch Ness, roughly 10 miles from Dingwall, roughly 10 miles from the Glens. We like the 10 mile rule and when visiting, you will too.
I could go on and on but the only way to really appreciate the area is to visit!