Check out these interesting bookshops in Scotland and get lost between the pages of stacks and stacks of dreamy books.
Bookshops with character in Scotland
1) Armchair Books
Getting lost down the rabbit hole is quite an enjoyable experience at Armchair Books. Books bursting from what seems every corner of the shop is bound to give any organisational enthusiast a slight heart attack. But you don’t come here for the latest bestsellers, perfectly organised displays and Costa Coffee. You come here to get stunned by the eclectic choice and the books that seem to be as old as Edinburgh itself. Go get lost.
2) Leakey's Bookshop
Leakey’s secondhand bookshop possesses character and charm that you think is only attainable in the fairy-tale books it sells. Housed in a Gaelic church dating back to 1793, this sanctuary now provides space for a different type of worship. The high ceilings, pulpit and log burning stove are just some of what make this place so special. A definite stop for book lovers.
3) Calton Books
Based near the famous Barras on London Road, Calton Books is Glasgow’s Independent Radical Bookshop, run by volunteers. The literature here promotes the local working-class history and joins the dots around the world to embrace other working-class ideas, politics and history. The stuff you ‘weren’t taught in school’. Radical free thinking is encouraged here and you can choose from genres such as feminism, anarchy, Marxism, civil rights and refugees to name a few. T-shirts, pins, patches amongst other things are also available.
4) Voltaire and Rousseau
Get sucked down Otago Lane and into another dimension in Voltaire and Rousseau, which has stood as a secondhand bookstore for over 40 years. The sea of stacked books seemed to go on and on and on. You get the feeling that in this new dimension the book chooses you, not the other way around. Give yourself time to sift through, as it will beat ordering a book off Amazon any day of the year.
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