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Abbey Books /PAISLEY/21 Wellmeadow Street
Abbey Books   Open at advertised times
21 Wellmeadow Street  PAISLEY  PA1 2EF
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tel:  0141 887 7303  e-mail   web
Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 10.15 - 5.15.
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Abbey Books has about 40,000 books on a wide range of topics. Recently moved just round the corner from our old shop - work in progress.

Good atmosphere, big war section, big on Scotland as well. They do a mean coffee too. Very friendly staff.  Mrs Mick 26.10.09
Owner George Bell has discovered that above 'Mrs Mick' is a member of staff, and asked for the review to be removed, as he considers it unethical. I don't remove reviews but have added this note.  TBG 03.12.09
Very friendly well run tidy bookshop.Books reasonably priced. Large military and Scottish .Plenty of factual interest as near University. Free parking down the street or quiet Pay and Display in Castle Street.  Richard Fuller 26.01.11
One of the better bookshops in Scotland.  TommyG 09.12.11
This shop is typical of the genre where an initial search of the shelves drew a blank and the second search found treasures. This was my first visit to the new shop and I found the layout and categories easy to follow. Good children's section and some lovely juvenile Scottish titles. This appears to be a shop the dealers have missed trawling through as I came away with some good volumes.  Chris Harte 30.11.12

Book and Art Shop/GATEHOUSE OF FLEET/15 High Street
Book and Art Shop  Phone before travelling
15 High Street   GATEHOUSE OF FLEET   DG7 2HR
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tel: 01557 814506  e-mail 
Open:  Monday & Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.30.
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Small stock of well chosen books in very good condition and at reasonable prices. 1920's and 30's watercolours and prints also sold. Dealing in books since 1975 and open in Gatehouse for 10 years. Please phone if coming from distance as may be away buying.

Along with Anwoth Books, this shop good reason to visit Gatehouse - its small stock focuses on the humanities and some classic fiction. Very select and prices are reasonable.  Steven Kelly 22.12.14
One small room, discerning selection. Worth trying if visiting the larger bookshop at the mill.  Mark V 08.08.15

Bookshop /WEMYSS BAY/Wemyss Bay Station  
The Bookshop   Open at advertised times
Wemyss Bay Station    WEMYSS BAY  PA18 6AR
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tel:  01475 520535  e-mail   web  
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00
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2-5000 books over three rooms. Good general selection on all subjects, very reasonably priced. Situated in the attractive Wemyss Bay Station and run in aid of the "Friends of Wemyss Bay Station" charity.

Attractively laid out shop in two rooms of this historic station (formerly a waiting room) with a gallery next door. Small but broad-ranging non-fiction stock, larger fiction section.  Steven Kelly 02.10.14
A charming shop in an architecturally splendid 1903 Caledonian Railway station. The shop is run by the Friends of the Station and occupies a couple of bright and airy rooms. We found some interesting (and surprising) titles, modestly priced. Railway prints and postcards of the building can be bought, and a purchase entitles you to a handsome free bookmark. A very deserving cause.  TravellingLibrary 27.06.15

Culzean Secondhand Bookshop/MAYBOLE/Culzean Castle
Culzean Secondhand Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Culzean Castle   MAYBOLE   KA19 8LE
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tel: 0844 493 2149  web 
Open:  7 days 11.00 - 3.00.
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Fundraising bookshop selling donated books.

It is a very large, well stocked, well priced bookshop covering all subjects, with comfortable seating and tea & coffee provision next to the estates visitors centre. It's open every day 11am to 3pm and run by volunteers.  PaulP 05.09.12
And can I add that its the best charity bookshop I know, everything is priced to sell so turnover is swift and profits are huge, very little is priced over £4. People turn up with bags full to donate and go off with bags full bought, exactly how a charity bookshop should work.  PaulP 11.09.12
A lovely shop, bright and attractive with comfy sofas and friendly teddy bears (but you cannot buy these and take them home). It is housed in one of the Culzean estate buildings, which has been very nicely restored. Good quality general stock, well priced (compendious biography of Edward Carpenter, hb in dw, for £2). An oddity - in many years of bookshop visiting, this is the first time I have seen fiction classified by author's gender.  TravellingLibrary 27.06.15
As a footnote to TL's comments above, I have seen fiction classed by gender of author once before - in a charity shop, of all places.  Nicholas Sack 03.07.15
Spacious room within the grounds on the way towards the castle. Obviously relies on donations so the stock can vary. A lot of fiction - but well ordered, as detailed in other comments. Prices good, staff friendly. I picked up an as new 1960s PB military non-fiction for £2.50, took it to the till and was told that seemed too much and I could have it for a pound! Putting that aside, it was still one of the better organised NT bookshops.  Flip M 03.08.18
An update for 2021 - prices went up a it - most things start at £2. A well categorised and sorted general "charity shop" selection, depending on donations. Their "collectable books" cabinet really only consists of old hardbacks usually without DJs, but that aside, I often come away with something from the biog or military section. Still same layout as 3 years ago when I reviewed. Shop is within the grounds so you need to be a NT member or pay the entry fee. But Culzean Castle and ground is well worth the price of admission anyway.  Flip M 29.07.21

Garvellan Books (was Anwoth Books)/GATEHOUSE OF FLEET/Mill on the Fleet
Garvellan Books (was Anwoth Books)  Open at advertised times
Mill on the Fleet   GATEHOUSE OF FLEET   DG7 2HS
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tel: 01557 814774  e-mail  web 
Open:  March to October, 7 days 10.30 - 5.00.
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Roughly 20,000 books, most subjects. Strong on Art, Poetry, Childrens, Scottish. I tend to tweet any info/updates etc onto the shop's website. Cafe downstairs, riverside location, lots of books.

A medium sized general stock and a bit cramped in some sections with books piled up on the floor in front of the shelves. Average prices.  Allan Campbell 
Gatehouse of Fleet is a village just off the main A75 road from Dumfries to Stranraer and this shop has a medium sized selection of books in the loft area of a renovated mill a short walk from the village's public car park. The loft area is very open with large areas with little in them but the area with the book is cramped, with the bookcases too close together for two people to pass and all too often have books piled on the floor in front of them up to three shelves high. This leaves you with the impression that something could be there but you would never be able to find it.  Jeremy Briggs 
I can only agree with the comments already on the guide. I managed to find one book to buy but gave up looking for more when I realised that, not only were there large piles on the floor but those on the shevles were often double-banked. A pity because the (apparent) owner was friendly.  Martin Stallion 10.06.08
There are some interesting books at the bottom of those piles, but strong knees (or better cushions to kneel on) are needed, plus patience and plenty of time.  Richard 29.07.09
Contrary to previous reviews, I found my visit a fruitful experience - emerging with 5 books after only an hour. The bookshop is far better than any of those at the famed Wigton book town.  Ronald G Young 08.06.12
Thank heavens for this bookshop, and well done Matthew for taking it on when the previous owner retired. It's a delightful old-fashioned bookshop and every time you visit you can be sure to find something interesting at a reasonable price. It can indeed be a bit of a rummage - but all the more fun for it, and certainly better than the disappointments of Wigtown!  Brian Cox 09.03.15
Excellent. Large stock with plenty of browsing, and ranging from vintage yarns to modern Scottish poetry. Very reasonably priced indeed. Such a pleasure that I went back twice.  Mark V 08.08.15
Now under new ownership (April 2018) the shop has been spruced up and is open daily from 10 to 5 March to October. The new owners seem very keen: it's well worth a visit, please support them!  Brian Cox 26.04.18

Moffat Bookshop/MOFFAT/5 Well Street
Moffat Bookshop  Open at advertised times
5 Well Street   MOFFAT   DG10 9DP
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tel: 01683 220059  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday - Saturday. 10.00 - 1.00 & 2.00 - 4.30
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New,second-hand and collectible books, with an emphasis on Scottish and local material, including Burns, Buchan and Bertram (Smith). Right beside Moffat's bustling High Street. A must for tourists and book-collectors

Right in the centre of Moffat, this shop has a lot to offer in a small space. A paperback section at the front for Moffat's many tourists, then a good non-fiction section with Scottish, warfare, poetry, British history.etc. Friendly owner, who also advises on walking and where to have lunch.  Jane Slater 20.01.10
An interesting little shop with quite a substantial stock of old Scottish Lowland town and country histories. Plenty of paperback fiction but well worth a visit.  Chris Harte 18.06.12
Now known as The Moffat Bookshop, this is a gem that survives on non-specialist stock (per new owner: "We found people wanted a choice of everything"). Good prices and range, and cheerfully succeeding. Recommended.  S+S 09.08.18
Friendly owner, a interesting selection of titles both new and secondhand. Stock was easy to find as the shelves were labled and well organised. Very good selection of local history books.  booksellerbull 11.11.19

North Ayrshire Cancer Care Bookshop/LARGS/105 Main Street
North Ayrshire Cancer Care Bookshop  Open at advertised times
105 Main Street   LARGS   KA30 8JJ
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tel: 07947 334323 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
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Just round the corner from the Oxfam shop. Bigger stock than Oxfam but equally excellent prices - makes you want to add a little extra by way of donation.  Steven Kelly 
Curses! We saw no Oxfam shop! This one, however, is a little gem, well-priced general stock with a quirky charm. We found excellent railway material. This is priced by "somebody who comes in" for the purpose but a bulk buy was treated in a most friendly manner. I think we made the chap's day!  TravellingLibrary 27.06.15

North Ayrshire Cancer Care Bookshop/WEST KILBRIDE/118 Main Street
North Ayrshire Cancer Care Bookshop  Open at advertised times
118 Main Street   WEST KILBRIDE   KA23 9AR
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tel: 01294 823773 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
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Oxfam Books and Music/TROON/9b Church Street
Oxfam Books and Music  Open at advertised times
9b Church Street   TROON   KA10 6AU
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tel: 01292 312450  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
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Good general range as was stocked at Largs (from where it recently moved).  Steven Kelly 15.11.10
Bright and appealing shop with very attractive prices. The stock is quite small but well presented. TravellingMan had a lucky find of several brand new Osprey gaming books and was well chuffed.  TravellingLibrary 27.06.15
A small but well organised and laid out shop. Prices were a mix of good and optimistic but not the most expensive Oxfam I've been in. Grabbed a couple of things and will return. Car park nearby (behind) but there is on street parking in nearby roads too.  Flip M 21.01.19

Oxfam Shop/DUMFRIES/121 Queensberry Street
Oxfam Shop  Open at advertised times
121 Queensberry Street   DUMFRIES   DG1 1BH
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tel: 01387 252484 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00, Sunday 11.00 - 3.00.
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It doesn't have the "bookshop" name in its title but doesn't sell much else but books in one large room.  Graeme Rendall 29.08.18
This is unquestionably a books and music outlet, no clothes or bric-a-brac. Excellent prices and good (if small) selection.  Steven Kelly 06.02.20