Scotland’s largest second-hand book shop.

In Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town.

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The Shop

The Bookshop is Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop, and – established 50 years ago – the oldest bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town. Our stock is extensive and varied, and covers nearly a mile of shelving. Watch out for the cat – he’s an animal.



Check out Shaun’s bestselling books and spend some time behind the scenes of the world of bookselling. They will surprise, amaze and amuse.


The Area

The Machars is a low-lying peninsula in Galloway in South-West Scotland. Its coastline is a varied mix of beaches and cliffs. To the north lie the Galloway Hills. Essentially, we’re cut off from the rest of the world.

The Captain

The shop’s resident cat has been with us for about ten years. He is, without question, the biggest cat in Wigtown, and possibly Scotland. He hates dogs, so if you have one, be warned


We have about 100,000 titles in stock, but probably not the one you’re looking for.

You know, your aunt gave it to you when you were a child and it had a red cover but you can’t remember the title or the author. It had a picture of a rabbit on the back. If we work out what it is and we tell you we don’t have it in stock, just keep telling us about it and we will, of course, magically make it appear from thin air.


Moving? Have Books to sell?

If you’ve got books you’d like to sell, contact us at [email protected], or by phone at 01988 402499.

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