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Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop

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Address: Church St | Greyfriars Hall, Inverness IV1 1EY, Scotland
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+44 1463 239947
10:00 - 17:30
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Scotland's largest collection of old, rare and second-hand books and maps.

Scotland's largest collection of old, rare and second-hand books and maps.

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Perfect to rekindle your love with books

Even though it's a bit cold in here (in spite of the wood fire), the books are a bit haphazardly arranged, and prices are quite on the expensive side for what are second-hand... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Paris, France
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Even though it's a bit cold in here (in spite of the wood fire), the books are a bit haphazardly arranged, and prices are quite on the expensive side for what are second-hand books, this place is a treasure trove on books, especially on books related to Scotland (of course) and Christianity. Not many books by Eastern philosophers, not much... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a few hours in here whilst it was snowing outside. The blazing log fire is an incredible source of heat and adds something very special to the experience searching through the tens of thousands of books.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When my wife told me during our visit to Inverness that she wanted to visit a bookshop I wasn't terribly enthused. When we actually entered the place I found it to be quite enjoyable. It's a former church and the place is illed with all sorts of books on two levels. That gives it a certain charm however the thing... More 

Thank Adrian D
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Magical place, could spend hours here. I wish I had more room in my suitcase :( They have great antique prints and maps too.

Thank RonieFilan
Harrisburg Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The husband and I spent some time here and it was great! Reminds me of the wand shop in Diagon Alley... stacks of books impossibly high everywhere. Loved the atmosphere, the warm fire, and the selections.

Thank Mary Anne P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Went here because we are both book lovers. We were awe-struck as we went inside: an actual fire was roaring while stacks upon stacks of books and 2 floors' worth of book-cases filled to the brim rested in the shop. We were home. Browsed for about an hour and decided that most of the books exceeded our budget. Settled on... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I stopped in on a rainy morning and found a cozy fire and and an inviting store. I spent over an hour browsing and contemplated buying more luggage for my journey home so that I could buy all of the treasures I found,

Thank himynameisjen
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Marvelous place, in an old building, completely covered with books. It has a fireplace. I could spend hours there.

Thank MLMoura
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Leakey's in Inverness is a huge secondhand bookshop in an old chapel in Inverness. There are books everywhere, over two levels, so it would be entirely possible to spend an entire day browsing through the shop. Sadly there's no longer a café in Leakey's, but there are some seats for taking a breather and looking over prospective purchases.

Thank David C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Wow! One of the most beautiful bookshops I have ever been. As soon as you step in you see books everywhere, even on the floor! And the smell of old books! This bookshop is definitely a must see for every book lover!

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