Leighton Library


Cathedral Square, Dunblane, Perthshire, FK15 0AQ

    Located in the historic centre of Dunblane, Leighton Library is the oldest private library in Scotland.

    Leighton Library is the oldest private library in Scotland and was founded on the collection of Robert Leighton who was the Bishop of Dunblane from 1661 - 1670.

    This simple, two storey, rectangular building with a steeply sloping tiled roof and crow-stepped gables is situated near to Dunblane Cathedral, part of which dates from 1240.

    The plain, east facade leads up to the moulded library doorway and is transformed by the magnificent, if weathered, carved stone armorial panel in baroque style - with the inscription Bibliotheca Leightoniana. The west facade has pleasant round-heated windows.

    Visitors are, under guidance of the volunteer custodians, allowed to handle and inspect volumes of this unique collection.


    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    1 May 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 11:00 13:00
    Tuesday 11:00 13:00
    Wednesday 11:00 13:00
    Thursday 11:00 13:00
    Friday 11:00 13:00
    Saturday 11:00 13:00
    Sunday Closed

    Open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 1pm. Closed on Sunday.

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