Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop

Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop

Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Scotland's largest collection of old, rare and second-hand books and maps.
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  • James L
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit in Inverness
    Lovely classic deco with an unbelievable selection of second hand books. Approx treble the cost of books from a charity shop, but with some gems to be had. We spent an hour in there just browsing, could have spent longer.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 4, 2023
  • elysec2018
    New Orleans, Louisiana41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky and fun
    A quirky bookstore with a fun atmosphere. It was a great place to look around -- I wish I had found something to take home with me, but it was a great experience nonetheless. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to look around. Definitely worth stopping in when you're in Inverness.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Alma H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming Bookstore— A must to visit.
    Absolutely one of the best bookstores I have ever visited. It brought back the love of books for me. It is so beautiful inside and the ambiance is so relaxing. The beautiful windows to the staircase gives this bookstore its charm. A great array of books, art and tote bags.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Dutch Brother
    Boston, Massachusetts552 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    huge selection of books at great prices
    Leakey's is an institution. It is quite large and has a huge range of books at very good prices. Most of the books are on the older side. I was tempted by many books but knew that I had to consider how much I could buy without exceeding my luggage weight limits. I envy the locals that don't have that concern and come here when they want. It is at the end of the main downtown shopping street just a couple blocks from a large parking garage. My only regret is they don't have any seating at all, so I got tired and left sooner than I wanted to.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • andrewjenny
    Hervey Bay, Australia602 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for book worms and fans of something different
    You need to visit this store if you are one of those dinosaurs who still like books. Feels like you have stepped into another world. Even if you aren't a book fan drop in and check it out. You will be impressed by the volume of books and the quirkiness of this place.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
  • michieg121
    Ayr, United Kingdom1,060 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience
    Fantastic bookshop with a vast selection of titles and topics to choose from. An old atmospheric church with log burning heating in the Centre makes it a totally unique experience. Well worth a visit!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 10, 2023
  • Biryaniworld
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical
    Stunning book shop and lovely staff. It seemed like entering a dream world full of any book you could imagine! The prints were a lovely little touch and I can't wait to go back to build my collection. :)
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2024
  • Davina S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical bookstore.
    Lovely store with reasonably priced books and a helpful proprietor. Great store for people who love books and antique art prints. I bought several books from the 1940s in great condition and could have easily bought more if I had a larger backpack to truck them back to the US. One guidebook I bought on the cart & maintenance of “Your Motor-Cycle” had the original typed letter from Shell in 1929. Lovely!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 7, 2024
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Jo H
Conwy175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I have wanted to visit for years after three visits to Inverness and they were closed, I finally got to visit last week. It is amazing, it actually takes your breath away when you walk through the door. It is a book lovers dream to wander around taking it all in. However, the prices are a bit high on some books. I understand the older and rarer books being expensive, but when you pull out a well worn modern paperback that is widely available in other second hand situations and it costs £4.50 I think that is a little excessive. I can understand them wanting to maximise profits due to popularity, but I am sure they would sell much more if they were slightly less in price. As other people have said check online retailers as they are much cheaper than here.

Having said that, there is no pressure to buy anything, you can just visit and take in the wonderful atmosphere of the place, the staff are lovely. Its a very beautiful place indeed and well worth a visit if you are a book lover.
Written February 9, 2022
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tomalli68
Falkirk, UK852 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Great bookshop with so many books. Definitely a book lovers dream shop. Organised into small sections albeit not in any order. Some books offer great value even though second hand - mainly due to being in great condition whereby they were like new.
Found their general fiction books to be quite expensive, would be half the price in a charity shop. Fiction section very disorganised and difficult to find what you want.
Written October 6, 2020
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Ian.Manda
Wordsley, UK5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Doesn’t match up with the write up online. (Or the images that portray the shop) Never found the cafe section, not a good experience here at all….

Staff were rude. All interactions with staff, they all appeared sharp and rude and were uninterested in any questions (unless you were buying something.)

Very cramped, and overcrowded with people as well as piles of books everywhere, Seems very disorganised, books were placed into random areas on the shelves, piles upon piles of books were left covered up, laying around on the floor which made it hard to navigate around the floor area.
Unable to find the area where I could sit, browse and review the books I was thinking of buying.
Books were organised into very broad genres which make it impossible to find a specific books or authors we were looking for, meaning we couldn’t navigate to find any books which interested me or my family. They may have been in the heaps of books on the floor, that were covered over with blankets, but had signs up saying ‘do not touch…’
Seem less organised than our local charity bookstores.

My daughter had been looking forward to visiting this bookshop since she knew she was coming here, and was deeply disappointed in her experience here.

Not a nice place or good experience..
Written July 29, 2022
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47SLS
Southampton, UK155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Lovely book shop in an amazing building with a huge selection. Owner very friendly. Shame they don’t allow dogs in but understandable based on owners experience of a dog peeing on the books. I want to c9e back when the log burner is roaring and I can sit and curl up on a settee without worrying about Covid.
Written June 15, 2021
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Joyce G
Cornhill on Tweed, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We stumbled on this bookshop when on holiday It is full of fascinating books ranging across all genres. It is also atmospheric with the spiral staircase leading to the gallery. We had to ring to be admitted so numbers were controlled and a one way system was in place with hand sanitizer on hand . Well worth a visit for the sheer range of books
Written August 1, 2020
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK2,690 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
An olde worlde haven for book lovers looking for something different. There are shelves upon shelves of books arranged in topical/ alphabetical order. It feels like you have stepped back in time.
The books are moderately priced and no doubt you would find cheaper in a charity shop but part of the fun here is the surroundings and I’m sure there are some unique finds to be had.
Written July 30, 2021
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Stephanie O
Tallahassee, FL43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My son has a list of classic books that he's determined to purchase in shop. Leakey's had several of his hard to find items at great prices. The owner was on-site and was amazing. He knew all the books my son was looking for (even the most obscure), and he knew off-hand whether or not they were in the shop. I'd highly recommend this shop for true book lovers.
Written August 4, 2022
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Caitlin G
Fairfax County, VA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Amazing bookshop with tons of neat finds (both books and prints). Like most secondhand bookstores, they've got a little bit of everything. There's a lot of scaffolding around the outside (as of April 2023) but it's definitely still open. I thought the variety of prints (maps, architecture, botany, artist renderings, and wildlife), many of which were antiques, was great.
Written May 1, 2023
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AedDubh
Arlington, VA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is an enormous and spacious used bookshop in the heart of Inverness. It's housed in a repurposed church, which is suitable for a place that is basically a temple to reading. The lovely scent of old books pervades the place. There is something for every taste in here. They ship internationally, so there is no reason to worry about baggage weight, either...
Written October 10, 2022
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AR P
382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This was a book lovers dream. There were so many books, it's hard to figure out where to start so we just started by the front door and worked our way around (that was the mystery section first which is my favorite). The atmostphere was wonderful and I wished there were room for a few chairs so I could rest while taking it all in. I'm sure they don't want to have a cafe in there but I would have stayed longer and purchased many more books if there had been one. This is a must visit while in or around Inverness.
Written January 11, 2022
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