Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK and Republic of Ireland

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Caberfeidh Horizons/KINGUSSIE/Social Enterprise Charity Bookshop
Caberfeidh Horizons  Open at advertised times
Social Enterprise Charity Bookshop  16 High Street   KINGUSSIE   PH21 1HR
tel: 01540 661000 
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Situated on the main street, some parking outside. The main room contains a large selection of hardback and paperback fiction, children's books, DVDs and some local interest books which are full price. Two rooms to the side contain non-fiction. The first is mainly stocked with typical charity shop fare, the room to the rear has a good selection of Scottish interest items, classics and some antiquarian books. Shelves are tidy and clearly marked. The pricing policy is £1 for paperbacks and £2 for hardbacks with some special items individually priced.  Booksellerbull 25.03.19

Cliff Milne Antiquarian Books/CULLEN/Cullen Antiques Centre
Cliff Milne Antiquarian Books  Open at advertised times
Cullen Antiques Centre  Seafield Street   CULLEN   AB56 4RR
tel: 01466 793739  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00, closed Wednesday.
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Bookroom in an antiques centre

Clifford's stall is just what his regular customers would expect: a wide variety of interesting books priced to sell. Abra Antiques, Bits'n'Bobs and Cullen Collectibles are also on Seafield Street and all sell books. Cullen is definitely worth a trip for readers and collectors.  Pierce Roche 02.10.12

Highflight Books/DINGWALL/Aliaqsa
Highflight Books  Open at advertised times
Aliaqsa  Tulloch Street   DINGWALL   IV15 9JY
tel: 07580 291 856   e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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A specialist stock of 2,000 aviation books including gliding, aviation in the north, military and other aspects of flight and flying. Also a broad range of general non-fiction books on subjects including history, biography, military history, maritime, mountaineering, Scottish and local history.

I have visited Highflight Books on several occasions since it opened and have been impressed with its range of aviation books - as well as books of more general interest. Bill Anderson has a good knowledge of aviation and can assist in finding books related to specific areas of interest. The shop has a friendly informal atmosphere which is conducive to spending time browsing without feeling there is pressure to hurry or to make a purchase I would recommend this shop to anyone with an interest in aviation but also to general readers who are also liklely to find many books of interest.  Tor Justad 09.12.11
Currently in a complete state of flux with books all over the floor rather than on the shelves, all due to recent dry rot repairs. Some extremely interesting titles to be found whilst rummaging though, so patience rewarded. Plenty of non-aviation related titles so worth a look and the owner is very friendly.  Graeme Rendall 30.09.19

Highland Bookshop/FORT WILLIAM/60 High Street
The Highland Bookshop  Open at advertised times
60 High Street   FORT WILLIAM   PH33 6AH
tel: 01397 705931  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 8.00, Sunday 11.00 - 5.00.
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The Highland Bookshop's secondhand selection is a curated mixture of outdoor, Mountaineering nature, a small selection of antiquarian and burgeoning Scottish history and fiction selection of titles. Books are taken in by appointment or if staff member Kelsey is here and available.

Leakey_s Bookshop  /INVERNESS/Greyfriars Hall  Church Street  
Leakey's Bookshop    Open at advertised times
Greyfriars Hall  Church Street    INVERNESS  IV1 1EY
tel:  01463 239947  e-mail   
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
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Over 100,000 books in stock

A general stock of perhaps 100,000 books and, according to some, the largest secondhand bookshop in Scotland - although it's owner, Charles Leakey, is the first to admit that: "size isn't everything".  TBG 
This ex-church has transformed nicely into a place of earthly promise. A huge stock of books and prints, with the comforting scent of coffee brewing in the choir stalls above, offer immediate sensual gratification rather than a vague promise of unspecified delights in the afterlife. The fire and brimstone of past preachers is replaced by something you don't expect to see in the middle of 100,000 books - a roaring log fire (possibly a useful place to dispose of superfluous stock, I wish I had one.) I very much like to browse in warmth with the promise of coffee or a bowl of heartening soup on hand when I flag, therefore all my needs for comfort and well-being are met here.  Carol Argyris 
What can I add about this excellent shop that hasn't already been said? A short walk from the main Inverness shopping area, it would certainly give the largest of the Glasgow and Wigtown shops a run for their money in size. It is well laid out and despite the huge amount of books and prints, retains a spacious atmosphere. The mezzanine level, reached by a large circular metal staircase, is mainly a café/coffee shop which, unlike Books and Beans in Aberdeen, complements rather than interferes with the rest of the shop.  Jeremy Briggs 
There is a remarkable sense of arrival here: mouth-watering display cabinets in the porch and beyond the door a great galleried cavern of books awaits. This is a shop that weaves it's magic slowly. The longer you linger and browse, the better the books get. Disappointed at no coffee; perhaps the cafe is just a weekend thing?  TravellingLibrary 18.07.15
Just as a rider to the above comment, I understand from the proprietor that the cafe closed last year. Such a shame. But all is not lost: you can fuel up with coffee at Sunset Cafe opposite, in one of Inverness' most historic buildings.  TravellingLibrary 15.08.15
Large stock and a welcome real fire in an impressive interior, the shop being on the edge of the city centre. Prices varied (some books a little overpriced) but my two purchases were good value.  SteveBrissle 04.05.17

Logie Steading Bookshop/FORRES/Logie Steading Visitor Centre
Logie Steading Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Logie Steading Visitor Centre  Dunphail   FORRES   IV36 2QN
tel: 01309 611373  e-mail  web 
Open:  Every day 10.30 - 5.00 March - Christmas. Please phone 01309 611373 for opening hours and days in January & February.
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Secondhand Stock of around 20,000 in a wide range of subjects & prices. Emphasis on quality. Rural location with super cafe, gallery, textile craft, antique country furniture & plant/farm shop.

Spacious and bright premises with a large general stock,catering for all reading tastes. Good on Scottish antiquarian books and nature and wildlife.Has a wall of Folio books too.About 10 mins off main Inverness to Aberdeen road and well worth the small detour.  Allan Campbell 
Logie Steading itself is a 1920s Model Farm which has been converted into an arts and crafts enclave in a wooded valley south of Forres. One of the units is a large bookshop which from the outside looks like it has been converted from the stable block, not that you would guess that from the smart, well laid out interior. The large Scottish section has an entire room virtually to itself and the shop also has a large military history and aviation section. Worth visiting around lunchtime to sample the food in the café opposite.  Jeremy Briggs 
To update the previous comments - I have been the owner since 2006. bookshop is in former cow byre. Folio and military history sections now much reduced but others have expanded! Cafe in new and bigger premises. Specialist whisky & wine shop as of 2014. Now two art galleries plus craft workshops. Open air theatre events in Summer. Bookshop included a room entirely of Scottish books. Books of all ages and for all ages! River walks by the Findhorn & playground.  Helen Trussell (owner) 10.03.14
The steading is a little off the beaten track, but well WAD. Five rooms of excellent, affordable priced, stock are ample to beguile the visitor for an hour or two. I found so much of interest I had to replace the winnowings on the shelves, and still came away with a good haul! Lunch at the popular cafe across the yard completed a most enjoyable visit.  TravellingLibrary 15.08.15

Mallaig Secondhand Bookshop/MALLAIG/Morrison Building
Mallaig Secondhand Bookshop  Phone before travelling
Morrison Building  Station Road   MALLAIG   PH41 4PY
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Situated in the Morrison Building opposite the railway station, two rooms the first containing paperbacks and DVDs. The second room is full of non-fiction including Scottish history, transport and military. The Morrison building also has a café and toilets. Several car parks nearby although spaces can be at a premium during the summer.  Booksellerbull 12.08.19

Old Bookshelf/CAMPBELLTOWN/8 Cross Street
The Old Bookshelf  Open at advertised times
8 Cross Street   CAMPBELLTOWN   PA28 6HU
tel: 01586 551114  web 
Open:  Monday - Fiday 11.00 - 5.00, Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
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Situated in a quiet street in Campbeltown's historic town center the shop contains around 10,000 titles. Scottish, antiquarian, biography, military, modern firsts, and much more squeeze onto the carefully organised shelves.

Reasonable selection on all subjects, strong on Scottish history and fiction. Not suited to larger customers as the spaces between the shelves are very narrow!  Steven Kelly 08.05.12

Oxfam Shop/OBAN/107/109 George Street
Oxfam Shop  Open at advertised times
107/109 George Street   OBAN   PA34 5NT
tel: 01631 566465  web 
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Not marketed by Oxfam as a dedicated bookshop, this branch has a sizable selection of books and CDs out front. However there is a large 'book room' at the back of the shop which probably has more stock than many of the smaller Oxfam bookshops. Seems a shame not to include it. As far as I'm aware opening hours are standard, but Thursday is late-night opening (to 7pm).  Steven Kelly 06.09.12
Agree with the comments above. There is much of interest to browse here. I came away with two carrier bags of excellent titles.  TravellingLibrary 10.07.15

Picaresque Books _ Galerie Fantoosh/DINGWALL/55 High Street
Picaresque Books & Galerie Fantoosh  Open at advertised times
55 High Street   DINGWALL   IV15 9HL
tel: 01349 863140  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
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We have now moved to much larger premises allowing us to stock a range of older and rarer books as well as some locally published New books.These are then complimented by a range of maps as well as local crafts etc.

A bright,spacious shop,with a range of stock to suit all pockets.Friendly owner.  Allan Campbell 26.01.15
The owner was very pleasant and knew his stuff - which was good, as we were from Australia. A very pleasant browse amongst old books. We even bought a few.  Exnavybloke 20.02.15

Pitlochry Railway Station Bookshop/PITLOCHRY/Station Road
Pitlochry Railway Station Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Station Road   PITLOCHRY   PH16 5AN
Open:  Most days 9.00 - 4.30.
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Donated books with all the takings going to five charities.

Wide-ranging, medium-sized stock, well-laid out, excellent prices. If you find what you're after, you'll almost certainly get a bargain.  Steven Kelly 02.07.14
A charming station, beautifully cared for with murals, historic photos, Macfarlanes ironwork and a lively atmosphere due in no small part to this 'Friends of the Station' bookshop. Funds are raised for several charities here. The premises are small but bright and welcoming; the general stock is well-presented. We were offered a welcome cup of tea while we browsed and came away with several items, including the memoirs of an Edwardian lady balloonist! All books are £1 unless otherwise marked, so you are pretty much guaranteed a bargain.  TravellingLibrary 08.08.15

Priory Books /PITLOCHRY/4 West Moulin Road  
Priory Books   Open at advertised times
4 West Moulin Road    PITLOCHRY  PH16 5AD
tel:  01796 470485  e-mail
Open:  November - May: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00. June - October: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
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General 2nd hand stock of around 5000 books, with an emphasis on Scottish interest, railways and transport. Credit cards accepted. Limited parking outside the shop. Two large pay and display car parks within easy walking distance.

Nice little shop just off the main street and a stones-throw from the station bookshop. Bright and well organised. Main holdings seem to be Scottish books and transport, and a general fiction section. Prices reasonable for the most part. Maps seem a little ambitiously priced.  Steven Kelly 13.03.17

Tall Tales Bookshop/THURSO/1A Grove Lane
Tall Tales Bookshop  Open at advertised times
1A Grove Lane   THURSO   KW14 8AE
tel: 07900 284488 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
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Small general stock with LP records and postcards also on sale.

A good little bookshop with a fair selection of reasonably priced books, and very helpful owner.  Steve Newman 29.08.14