The Ullapool Bookshop

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The Ullapool Bookshop is situated on Quay Street, Ullapool, right in the heart of the village, beside Lochbroom Hardware and The Captain’s Cabin  (Ullapool gift shop and Scottish crafts) and is very close to the Harbour and Ferry Terminal. The Bookshop, Captain’s Cabin and Lochbroom Hardware are all owned by the same family run business. The Bookshop is open 7 days a week all year round, please check our Opening Hours for seasonal opening variations and we very much look forward to welcoming you.

The Ullapool Bookshop is an Independent Bookshop and is member of the Booksellers Association  and offers a wide selection of Books, Greeting Cards, Maps, Postcards, and National Book Tokens. Please see our About page for further details of our Stock. Enquiries are also welcomed and we very much look forward to hearing from you. At the moment we don’t sell online. However, if you see something on our website or have been in the shop before and would like to purchase a particular item, please get in touch with us.

Bookshop interior

For payment we accept Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Visa Debit, MasterCard Debit, National Book Tokens and obviously cash or cheques too.

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Highland Hospice letter of thanks

Letter received from Highland Hospice today:

Dear Ullapool Trading and all of your customers,

I am delighted to write and thank you once again for your kind donation of £221.35, raised through sale of carrier bags at Captain’s Cabin, Ullapool Bookshop and Lochbroom Hardware. On behalf of the whole team here, thank you for continuing to support us this way, it really means so much. Please convey our appreciation to all who contributed.

(NOTE): To date our 3 shops have raised £724.45, purely through the sale of carrier bags (large paper bags too).

Thank you


Preparations for Ullapool Book Festival

This weekend sees the annual Ullapool Book Festival take place from 11th-13th May in the Ullapool Village Hall. We are beginning to arrange the bookshop to showcase all of the wonderful books and authors that are appearing over the weekend. Here are a few pictures showing our fantastic display window, which imaginatively even includes Ullapool, the seaside and of course seagulls too, as well as books, books and more books!


Greetings cards 2018

We have recently added literally hundreds of new Greetings cards to the Ullapool Bookshop. New and returning suppliers this year include Flying Teaspoons, Wishart, Cath Waters, Paper Rose, Paperlink, Wraptious, Emma Ball, Pink Pig, Dry Red Press, Caroline Gardner and so many more.


2019 Calendars

Yes you read the title of this post correctly! Our very first 2019 Calendars have begun to arrive. The very first ones are the lovely Stock Scotland (Hugh Webster) mini desk Calendars, with 4 new designs this year: Kate Philips, Wester Ross, Far North West and brand new for 2019: The 500 miles desk calendar. Each are very reasonably priced at £4.35.

We also have just received our delivery of 2019 Scotland’s Artists showcasing fine Scottish Artists watercolours and oil paintings. These calendars are £6.99 each and are on sale now.


New Greetings cards

We are super excited here at the Ullapool Bookshop as our brand new Greetings cards are now arriving daily.

We are pleased to welcome new cards from:

Cath Waters

Paper Rose

Penguin Ink

Art Angels Publishing

Ruth Jackson

Cath Tate cards

and Alex Clark

However many more designs and varieties of cards are immiment, so do pop in when you can to browse our new stock.


Muriel Spark Centenary Editions

Muriel Spark is undoubtedly one of the 20th century’s great writers. Best known for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, all of her fiction deserves to be read and re-read. Polygon is republishing all 22 of her novels in attractive hardback editions to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of her birth.

Each of the 22 novels are published in striking and collectable hardback Centenary Editions, carrying a series preface by editor Alan Taylor and an introduction by such well-known writers or critics as Ali Smith, William Boyd, Alexander McCall Smith, Candia McWilliam, Andrew O’Hagan, Joseph Kanon, Zoë Strachan, Allan Massie, Kapka Kassabova, Dan Gunn and Richard Holloway.

1. The Comforters, introduced by Allan Massie
2. Robinson, introduced by Candia McWilliam
3. Memento Mori, introduced by Zoë Strachan
4. The Ballad of Peckham Rye, introduced by Ronald Frame
5. The Bachelors, introduced by James Campbell
6. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, introduced by Alan Taylor
7. The Girls of Slender Means, introduced by Rosemary Goring
8. The Mandelbaum Gate, introduced by Gabriel Josipovici
9. The Public Image, introduced by Lucy Ellman
10. The Driver’s Seat, introduced by Andrew O’Hagan
11. Not to Disturb, introduced by Dan Gunn
12. The Hothouse by the East River, introduced by Ian Rankin
13. The Abbess of Crewe, introduced by Ali Smith
14. The Takeover, introduced by Brian Morton
15. Territorial Rights, introduced by Kapka Kassabova
16. Loitering with Intent, introduced by Joseph Kanon
17. The Only Problem, introduced by Richard Holloway
18. A Far Cry from Kensington, introduced by William Boyd
19. Symposium, introduced by Alexander McCall Smith
20. Reality and Dreams, introduced by Kirsty Gunn
21. Aiding and Abetting, introduced by Louise Welsh
22. The Finishing School, introduced by Jackie Kay