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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 10 shopping in Inverness
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Inverness
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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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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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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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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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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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Århus, Danmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Leakey's is in an old church, which makes for an amazing ambiance. There is a cafe on the first floor and books on every inch of shelf and sometimes on the floor. One could easily get lost in there for hours, finding little treasures. If you area book-lover, this is an ABSOLUTE must!

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Marvellous place for anyone who has a 'Waterstones allergy'. Thousands of books and prints at all prices from cheap to expensive. I found a classic for my own company at a bargain price. Must see in Inverness.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Leakey's is one of my favourite places in Inverness - great place to browse and relax on a chilly day, or to stop for a coffee or lunch off the beaten track! Don't go expecting to find exactly what you want - it's not up to library standards for cataloguing, but if you have time to just peruse and let... More

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