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lot's of cool RV parts and accessories. Talla Solais     - Gallery & studio space in Ullapool
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Gordon C Harrison     - landscape photographer based in Laide
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Inchmore Gallery - near Inverness
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Charlotte Watters artist and art installations.
Textiles, Mosaic, Creative Writing and recycling workshops throughout Scotland.
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Pamela Tait - Portrait and figuritive artist, Scotland.
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Erland Tait (2) - Website Gallery, Drawing and Painting Images.
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Website Design and maintenance, Ullapool.

Ffordes Photographic Ltd

We can hardly talk about the attractions in the area without mentioning Ffordes Photographic Ltd, not so much "on" rather sharing our doorstep! Ffordes Photographic are on the floor above The Beauly Gallery.
At Ffordes, you can find one of the largest stocks of new and secondhand camera and photographic equipment in the country. No matter whether you are looking for classic film cameras from the likes of Hasselblad and Leica or the latest digital cameras from Canon and Nikon, you will find them all at Ffordes Photographic. Ffordes also sell tripods, bags, enlargers, digital cards and can arrange for camera repairs. For all the details see the link below.
Ffordes Photographic Ltd

For a wide range of activities, coming events and more places to visit in the Beauly area you can't do better than going to Just follow the link below.

Urquhart Castle

You have probably seen the images on a thousand shortbread tins but it still doesn't detract from the splendour of Urquhart Castle. As with so many Highland castles it is mostly ruined now but with a little imagination you can picture how it must have been hundreds of years ago. From the castle grounds you are afforded some of the best views of Loch Ness and The Great Glen. You can find Urquhart Castle just south of the village of Drumnadrochit. More details can be found at the link below.
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Beauly Priory

Situated right in the centre of the town, Beauly Priory is within a few yards of the main shopping area. It originates from the 13th century, though in common with buildings of its type it was extensively added to over the centuries. Today, it lies in ruins but with many of its walls still upstanding. The Priory's owners, Historic Scotland, have a brief web entry at the first link below. A slighlty longer description can be found at the second link below.
Historic Scotland
Gazetteer for Scotland

Glen Affric

Glen Affric gives a flavour of what much of the Highlands would have looked like hundreds of years ago with majestic mountains, sweeping Caledonian pine forests, shimmering lochs and abundant wildlife. This area of outstanding natural beauty has been recognised by the awards as a Caledonian Forest Reserve, a National Scenic Area and as a National Nature Reserve. It is possible to make a round trip by following the A833 and A831 passing the doorstep of The Beauly Gallery.
Forestry Commission

Reelig Glen

Reelig Glen as well as being a beautiful mixed forest of decideous and conifer trees is also the home of Dughall Mor (Big Dougal). Dughall Mor is officially the tallest tree in the UK at 204 feet and he is surrounded by many other Douglas Firs, all 160 feet or more - an impressive sight. More details can be found by following the link below.
Forestry Commission

Aigas Dam Fish Pass

Scottish Hydro Electric operate a power station using the kinetic energy of a head of water created by damming the River Beauly. Naturally, this causes a problem for fish, mostly migrating salmon, to get to and from their spawning grounds. At the Aigas Dam, there is an ingenious Fish Pass which is open to the public for viewing. Further information can be found at the link below.
Scottish Hydro Electric

Glencalvie Challenge

Glencalvie Challenge
Further information can be found at the link below.
Glencalvie Challenge

Munro Highland Tours

Munro Highland Tours is operated by native Highlander George Munro who has a wealth of knowledge of the area gained from a lifetime working and living here.
George, a qualified guide, conducts speciality tours of subjects including: Whisky, Castles, Highland Clans, Wildlife, Pictish Stones and many more all while you enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
You can find more information at the Munro Highland Tours website.



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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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