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7 Brilliant Independent Bookshops in Scotland

7 Brilliant Independent Bookshops in Scotland

What better way to relax and unwind than getting stuck into a good book? Perhaps you’re looking for a new find to take on holiday with you, or you’re just looking for a few more to add to your growing collection, if you’re looking for a new book to read, now might be a good time to support a local bookshop.

Here are some bookshop across Scotland we think you’ll love.

Happy reading!

Lighthouse, Edinburgh

Located in Edinburgh’s city centre and long a favourite with students, Lighthouse is a radical bookshop dedicated to making the world a better place. This is a particularly good shop to pick up books about politics, environmentalism and LGBTQ+ issues, but you’ll find fiction, cookery books and children’s titles here, too.

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The Main Street Trading Company, St Boswells

Based in the lovely Scottish village of St Boswells, The Main Street Trading Company is a previous winner of Britain’s Best Small Shop (2018). Usually full of people and the smell of coffee, this airy space offers a fab selection of books.

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Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh

Voted Independent Bookshop of the year at the British Book Awards 2019, you’ll find Golden Hare Books in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh. Find the latest fiction releases as well as old favourites in this beautifully curated store.

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Topping & Company Booksellers, St Andrews

This independent, family-run bookshop has been welcoming readers in St Andrews for years. Whilst browsing Topping & Company, you have good chance of picking up something signed and collectable, which make a great gift. They even offer free tea and coffee whilst you browse!

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The Bookmark, Grantown-on-Spey

This independent bookshop has been around since 2007 and is set amid the wild landscape of the Cairngorm National Park. They also have an eclectic range of titles for you to choose from.

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The Bookhouse, Broughty Ferry

If you are looking for books in the Broughty Ferry area, then The Bookhouse is worth a gander. Treat yourself or someone you know to a personalised book subscription box, or visit in person and browse the shelves for your next good read.

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Byre Books, Dumfries & Galloway

Head to the quirky town of Wigtown in Dumfries & Galloway where you’ll be met by arguably one of the most beautiful entrances to a bookshop in Scotland. Byre Books is a secondhand bookshop that specialises in Folklore and Mythology, Theatre, Film and TV, Archaeology, Poetry and books of Scottish and Gaelic interest – perfect if you want to learn more about Scottish culture and history.

Find out more about Byre Books

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