Leakey's Bookshop, Inverness

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Browse Scotland's largest collection of used books at Leakey's Bookshop. Located in an old Gaelic church, the bookstore holds over 100,000 titles in its general stock, including old and rare copies, as well as maps. Take a break from reading and check out the exhibits of local art also on display. Step inside to enjoy the homey atmosphere, complete with a wood fire, and sit down at the bistro-style cafe for a delicious home-cooked meal or a cup of tea. See Leakey's Bookshop and all Inverness has to offer by arranging your trip with our Inverness trip itinerary planner .
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  • Leakey's is a great bookshop with plenty of shelves to browse and bargains to be had. Definitely a hidden gem.  more »
  • I visited Leakey's today for the first time and I fell in love with the place. It is just wonderful! The building itself is amazing with beautiful stained glass windows. I could have spent hours rumma...  more »
  • As noted in other reviews, this is a Harry Potter-type location; one where you can get lost for HOURS -- IF you're the type of person who loves books! There are bookshelves almost to the ceiling, with...  more »
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  • I love visiting this shop when I am in Inverness. Unfortunately there is no longer a coffee shop on the premises. But that means there is even more space for books. I have spent many happy hours there browsing and buying.
  • Leakey's Bookshop offers a wide selection of biographies, histories, and memoirs. The books are in great condition, and there are many editions that I have not found in the United States. While visiting Scotland, I bought two multi-volume series and had them shipped to the U.S. Charles Leakey carefully wrapped each book in paper and padding. The books arrived quickly and were in the same condition as when I bought them. I highly recommend Leakey's Bookshop.
  • Cute used book store with TONS of books. Pretty fun to look at even if you're not shopping. It's like organized chaos.
  • Amazing place for old books and maps. Highly worth visiting, good place to take kids. Staff very friendly and helpful
  • Amazing bookshop in a fantastic location. Loved the way they sell old book prints for art, good way to repurpose!

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You’ll easily find bed and breakfasts and guesthouses convenient to the center of town in Inverness, from the cozy to more large-scale places, often with a view down to the River Ness, which later joins Loch Ness. For more affordable accommodation, look for a few budget hostels, as well as camping and caravan sites. If you've got a car, consider staying just outside the city in a quiet village, where you can explore the city by day and nature by evening. Since this is the largest city in the Highlands, you'll probably be able to find something last minute, but if you have a specific type of accommodtion in mind, it's a good idea to book in advance.
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