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Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop

Church St | Greyfriars Hall, Inverness IV1 1EY, Scotland
44 1463 239947
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Ranked #1 of 13 Shopping in Inverness
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
Owner description: Scotland's largest collection of old, rare and second-hand books and maps.
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Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Scotland's largest collection of old, rare and second-hand books and maps.

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Lovely building, filled to the rafters with all sorts of books from paperbacks to Folio styles with all between and besides... The cafe they have there is also wonderful :-)

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Springfield, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I went to Leakey's Bookshop on 3 October, 2014, after a Highland share-a-tour to Loch Ness. Walking in, you are met with soaring piles of books that seem haphazard but are actually organized, and that indescribable scent of paper and musty wood, like an old library. It's one of the best smells in the world. I could have spent hours... More 

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Duns, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

If you are an avid reader and don't mind having a good search around then you should check this place out!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

For anyone who just loves browsing in second hand book shops just for the atmosphere and ambiance then this book shop is a must visit place in Inverness. Housed in an old converted church at the end of Church Street (where else) this shop is an experience from the minute you walk through the door. All the shelves are jam... More 

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Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

You can get food at the upstairs lunch room and then browse two floors of massively packed books. I found several at reasonable prices. There were many books on Scotland. I found this unique bookstore like a treasure hunt. I visited twice in my six day Inverness vacation. I hope you enjoy this experience as much as I did.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

While visiting Inverness, I had to stop by the GREATEST second-hand bookshop ever. I have been a number of times, but I never miss a visit to this quaint bookshop in a converted old cathedral. The structure is its own, but the bookshop has molded its way into the cracks and crevices of this beautiful building. When you walk in,... More 

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Edinburgh
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I could have sat in here all day! My husband and I stopped for lunch here and enjoyed lentil soup and a toastie - delicious. It's just the most relaxing place, cosy and you really feel like you're just at home - but with more books! I think i wandered round for at least an hour reading and smelling (i... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

To be honest, there isn't a lot to see or do in Inverness except this excellent bookshop with its huge wood-burning stove and nice tea room. Well worth an afternoon browsing.

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East Linton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

It was a freezing, wet Inverness afternoon. Leaky's was perfect. I sat up in the cafe with our sons while hubby lost himself in the Scottish section. Everyone in the building seemed perfectly content, browsing, reading or having a cuppa. Huge log burner. Thousands of books on every imaginable topic. Just fab. We all found a book we'd like. Happy... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

My B&B mentioned this store and I'm so glad. It's a great rambling store (fireplace, spiral stairs, comfy chairs) with tons of second hands books. I browsed for hours. They are semi-organized which is just right. Only luggage-space kept me down to just 2 hardbacks. The prices are fairly high. I paid 10GPB for a 1940s book on training gundogs.

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