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Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop

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Address: Church St | Greyfriars Hall, Inverness IV1 1EY, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 1463 239947
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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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Giant used book store

This is a large, 2-story, used book seller in Inverness. I believe it's the largest in Scotland. Lots of books on every subject. I found it hard to find book sellers in rural... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Millersburg, Ohio
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Millersburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a large, 2-story, used book seller in Inverness. I believe it's the largest in Scotland. Lots of books on every subject. I found it hard to find book sellers in rural Britain but this is one, Good prices. It's a little tough to find parking, use a SAt Nav (GPS) when travelling in the UK (A must).

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Avelgem, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful bookshop in a beautiful place. worth spending some hours here if you are a book-lover. Sadly we had too little time but would definitely return when in Inverness or nearby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a must see even if you don't buy anything! Browsing here for a while is delightful - check out the antique prints on the upper level! You won't be disappointed!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

anything for a readers, massive collection of second hand books. prints for thirsty eyes seeking pleasant lines and curves, old maps and many more, great light, warm, dry in wet rain, and cool stove in the middle.... felt just great to be there

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I saw that rating on Pinterest, and added it to our Inverness agenda. it is located in a former church, and its architecture was very beautiful and unusual as a result. It was really fun to visit and take pictures - and buy books, of course! I had to keep putting books back, as you can only bring so many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely amazing, unique, quirky. I will make this a regular visit on vacation. Copies of antique books reasonably priced

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Leakey's has books. Everywhere. On more than one level. That's a lot of books. Old and less old. They also have antique prints of Scottish interest. If you can't find it, you probably don't need it. The building has character. In the middle is a large wood-burning stove. Yeah, that seems a bit unsafe in a book store, but it... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This is a repurposed church building, stacked high with books from floor to ceiling. We looked at the Scotland and children's books sections and found some items of interest. The proprietor was helpful about books (but not places to get lunch nearby - he said he just brings a sandwich)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

The best part about Leaky's (in my opinion) is the silence. But for the creaking floor, you can browse this charming old shop for hours in silence. The building itself is something to see. The shelves are full of a lot of Scottish authors (Stevenson, Burns, Scott) which I suppose is not surprise.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

First of all, this place is amazing inside, and a great place for book lovers... some incredible gems in here! However, I docked it down for two reasons, 1) customer service is a bit cold, 2) no other amenities (they have wifi but not for customers, no tables, no cafe-although there used to be)... almost as to say "only come... More 

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