Scotland is filled with excellent independent bookshops, from city centres to the Highlands and Islands. At Birlinn we hugely value our relationship with these innovative booksellers and their shops. In the run up to Christmas we’d like to take the time to highlight Scotland’s fantastic bookshops for you.
Carmina Gadelica is an independent bookshop and member of the Booksellers Association. Established in 1993, it is located within the picturesque village of Portree on the Isle of Skye. The shop has an extensive range of contemporary books for adults and children, including new releases in paperback and hardback, children’s picture books, young adult fiction, bargain books, non-fiction and Gaelic titles.
The Ullapool Bookshop is situated on Quay Street, Ullapool, right in the heart of the village and is very close to the Harbour and Ferry Terminal. Offering a wide range in store of books, greeting cards, maps, postcards, and National Book Tokens, Ullapool Bookshop also has a niche website online at Ullapool Trading, offering a carefully curated selection of Scottish books, gifts, maps and boxed greetings cards.
The Baltic Bookshop can be found on Cromwell Street in Stornoway. An independent outlet, the shop stocks a wide range of scottish books, books of local interest, souvenirs, newspapers and magazines, fiction and non-fiction, children’s books. For book lovers arriving on the Isle of Lewis, The Baltic Bookshop should be your first port of call.
MacGillivray’s Books and Gifts is a charming shop located in Balivanich on the Isle of Benbecula. They stock a broad range of books alongside jewellery, homeware, clothing and gifts, making this the perfect place to grab a souvenir of your trip to the Outer Hebrides.
Check back next week to discover more excellent independent bookshops in Scotland!
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