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.”