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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 #2 of 12 shopping in Inverness
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Shops
Traveler Description: This is THE place to try in Inverness for anyone who likes books and / or a great bistro-style cafe with home cooking and an open fire! The cafe also... more »
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Inverness, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Fantastic building that houses a wonderful second hand book shop....floor to ceiling shelves and a massive wood burning stove to keep the place warm in the centre....a balcony with more books and a cafe. Could have spent hours in there just browsing at the books. Difficult to describe the magic....you have to see it to understand.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

A wonderful place converted from a former church. A real temple to the written word. The whole place is stuffed to brimming with every type of book; there really are some fantastic gems to be had. The lady assistant behind the desk could have been more friendly, but the staff in the upstairs coffee shop were great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Every place we go we try to find a used book store. This had to be the best store in our entire trip to Great Britain. We were overwhelmed with the numbers of books. In an old church it is crammed from top to bottom. The staff are eager to help you. There are prints, maps, books etc. We spent... More

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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

I'm a book fan, and rarely happier than when in a secondhand bookshop or library. And the range of books here is superb, particularly older texts. Plus prints as well. I did well just to buy one book and one print. But there are problems for people with mobility difficulties. The bookshop would not be wheelchair accessible, and even someone... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We stumbled across this find during a stopover in Inverness and was so worth it! This second hand bookshop is like none i've been to before, its so easy to lose a few hours in here browsing the amazing collection of books. I agree with previous comments - set in an old church, the smell of old books, shelves and... More

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