L – Leakey Bookshop – Inverness, Scotland

WELCOME to the letter L and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS

The preservation of historic structures is of great interest to me and so the idea of a bookshop located in Greyfriar’s Hall, which was once St. Mary’s Gaelic Church in Inverness Scotland, is a place I would like to spend hours in. The church was first built in the 17th century and later reconstructed in several periods during the 19th century, Much of the original church framework remains, and the Leakey Bookshop, established in 1979, added an iron spiral staircase to connect the two stories of bookshelves. Leakey’s is Scotland’s largest secondhand bookshop with 100,000 selected volumes, including old and rare copies, as well as antique maps located on the second floor of the building. There are exhibits of local art. With a wood fire, we can sit down at the bistro-style cafe for a delicious home-cooked meal or a cup of tea.


Let us browse, finding a variety of books on Scottish history, as well as novels and poetry, that are written by some of the U.K.’s most famous residents. Leakey recommends Evelyn Waugh or Robert Louis Stevenson, calling Stevenson a “great writer and a great man.”



About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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12 Responses to L – Leakey Bookshop – Inverness, Scotland

  1. Oh, how I want to visit that bookstore! It looks like the perfect place to spend several hours on a rainy afternoon.

  2. Anabel Marsh says:

    I can’t imagine why I have never been to this one!

  3. T.S. Valmond says:

    So dreamy! Great looking place to get lost with a good book.

  4. The name Sounds like it should have been in a Harry Potter book!

  5. I have to go to this bookshop Stepheny. My family history is in Inverness & id like to visit one day. But this gorgeous bookshop gives me another reason to dream of going.

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