Lewiston - A Wee Scottish Village
Today I wanted to share a place in Scotland that we visited which isn't a famous tourist attraction. It's off the beaten track, but still not too far from Loch Ness. I love small Scottish villages. They are so peaceful and beautiful. They make me feel I've traveled to an alternate time and place because the houses and buildings are generally historical. And the whole atmosphere is very different from the US and it's very refreshing.
Columbine outside our hotel room
Wikipedia says this: Lewiston is a small linear village, situated less than 1 mile southeast of Drumnadrochit, in Inverness-shire, Scottish Highlands and is in the Scottishcouncil area of Highland.

Not much info but it tells you the shape of the village and it's location. Hopefully these photos will provide you with a virtual visit.

My husband and I were traveling between Argyll and Dunrobin Castle. We'd stopped at Urquhart Castle earlier in the day. We only spent one night in Lewiston but wish it had been longer. We fell in love with the place. When we arrived that evening, we took a walk along this very long, linear street (mentioned above) but I don't think we reached the end of it. We thought it might rain, so we headed back. We didn't want to get too far away from the hotel without an umbrella. Since it was late May, full dark didn't come until really late, around 11 pm.
A beautiful wood carving we saw on our walk through the village.
The temperature and weather here was actually very nice. No harsh winds and driving rain. It seems to be a protected location between mountains.
Another view of the street that runs through the village. Some of these houses are B&Bs.

We loved staying at the Loch Ness Inn. Wish I was there now!
Just before dark, we watched small Roe deer playing on the hillside from the window in our room. Since it was gloaming (dusk) my photos of the deer were too dark and blurry to be useful. We went outside to see if we could find more deer or get closer to them. No luck.
Our room was on the top floor. You can see the window above the closed umbrella. It had some gorgeous views of the gardens and hills. It was a very cozy, clean and wonderful room. We wish we could've stayed more than one night.
A golden chain tree in the gardens. In the background, you can see the hills and fields where we watched the Roe deer. We also took a walk along the country road which runs between the trees in the middle of the photo and the fields above them.

Golden chain tree

A stream runs between the inn's gardens and the country road. We loved the natural beauty all around us.

Do you enjoy walks through small towns and/or nature walks? I hope you liked this virtual visit to Lewiston, Scotland.


Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans--her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he’s left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family?

Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her--give up her son or the man she loves.

28 Responses
  1. Angelyn Says:

    wonderful pictures--I blogged this week about a Scottish rake from Aldourie, on the banks of Loch Ness. Will have to look at the map again to see how close it is to this location.

  2. Gerri Bowen Says:

    Beautiful, Vonda. I love visiting out of the way villages and small towns. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Carly Carson Says:

    Yes, we love hiking in the country whenever we travel. Beautiful pictures. I wish I were there right now, also. Scotland is so cozy, but open as well. You are an inspired photographer.

  4. That sounds interesting, Angelyn. I hope you'll post the link here so I can read it.

    Gerri, thanks! This is a beautiful little village.

  5. Oh thanks so much, Carly! I LOVE taking photos, especially of beautiful views like the ones in Scotland.

  6. So lovely and peaceful. Wish I was there now (which is how everyone who sees your beautiful pictures will feel!).

  7. The village had an incredibly peaceful and relaxing feeling. It was so enjoyable. Thanks, Ally!

  8. Cora Blu Says:

    I always wanted to see how big a yellow chain tree reached. I just may invest this year. My daughter started works at the airport, so maybe I can afford a trip soon. That's sad when I can fly for free. Your pics make me want to take a chance and fly... plane virgin here.

    Cora Blu

  9. Thanks Cora! Wow you can fly for free now? If I could do that I'd probably go to Scotland once a month. LOL Just kidding. Maybe 3 times a year. The plane fare is the most expensive part of the trip. I'm not an incredibly experienced flier nor do I love it. But I tolerate it in order to visit Scotland, since I love it so much. Maybe you can convince someone to go with you who is totally comfortable with flying. I did have to talk my friend out of a panic attack on a plane once. She was okay with it after the first 5 minutes of flying. Good luck!

  10. What beautiful pictures. I've always wanted to visit Scotland. Now I get to at least a little bit through you. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Brenda Novak Says:

    Thank you for sharing your trip. I LOVED those pictures. Wish I could go!!

  12. Cora Blu Says:

    Everybody flies but me. I'm working my way up to it. Scotland is on the list though, even if I have to take an ambien first just to get on the plane. Snoozeville.

    Cora Blu

  13. Lucy Francis Says:

    Vonda, I just love your blog! You take fantastic photos! My daughter is ridiculously fond of all things UK, and she's decided that she, me, and hubby, are all going to the UK for vacation when she's a senior in high school (her brothers will all be gone by then, so she can be spoiled).

    I have Scottish ancestors, so time in Scotland is definitely on the agenda. After looking at your photos, I cannot wait to see it all in person.

  14. Cynthia, thanks! I hope you do get to visit Scotland. It was even better than I thought it would be.

    I hope you get to go too, Brenda! You'd love it. Thanks for checking out my pics!

  15. Yes, you might need something to calm you down a bit, Cora. Or maybe some deep breathing and relaxation exercises.

  16. Lucy, thanks! I'm glad you like it. I enjoy photography so much. I'm an amateur but thinking about investing in a better camera. I'm glad you guys are planning a UK trip. You'll love it! I hope you'll get to visit the Highlands too. The scenery is the most amazing of anywhere.

  17. TessStJohn Says:

    How lovely!!! Looks like a wonderful place to be!

  18. Renee Field Says:

    Thanks for sharing. I love the pics. I'm currently planning a trip to Scotland with 2 of my children for a year from now so this town we will add to our list of must sees.

  19. Thanks, Tess! Yes, there was a wonderful feeling about the village, peaceful and happy.

    Renee, thanks! You and your children will enjoy Scotland so much! This is a nice place to stay if you're visiting the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle area.

  20. Really enjoyed these photos, Vonda! Been years since I visited Scotland. Brings back great memories.

  21. Thanks so much, Susan! I'm glad you visited Scotland.

  22. Vonda this was a wonderful tour through Lewiston. We love the smaller B&B's and would have loved staying at this place. Thank you for taking us there today. I must have been sleeping in your pocket and missed the scenes and buildings. ;)

  23. Truly a tidy little town, Vonda, especially as seen through your talented eye. I always enjoy your gorgeous photos! There's a Lewiston, Maine not far from where I am in New Hampshire. Wouldn't be surprised if it was named after this one.

  24. Vanessa Holland Says:

    Terrific pictures, Vonda. I love places like that. To me, it's the little villages that are the most beautiful. I'd love to visit there someday.

  25. Paisley, thanks! Yes, I'm sure you would love it there. Hope you'll stay there sometime. I bet you were taking a nap after the long drive from Argyll. LOL

  26. Pat, yes it is indeed a neat and tidy town. I love the houses. Lewiston Maine could definitely be named after this other Lewiston. That happened often. Interesting!

  27. Thanks, Vanessa! I bet you would love it. It has such a nice, relaxed feeling. And the beautiful, green scenery all around makes it wonderful.

  28. Ken Schneyer Says:

    I visited Lewiston in the summer of 1983, as part of a six-week backpacking trip in Europe. Those 24 hours still stand out in my memory. As you say, the beauty and utter peacefulness are enchanting. (And my first taste of black pudding was in a B&B in the village!)

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