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. 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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Longlist announced for Highland Book Prize 2019

Today the longlist has been announced for the 2019 Highland Book Prize which will be awarded at the 2020 Ullapool Book Festival.

The Highland Book Prize 2019 Longlist:

  •  Kathleen Jamie: Surfacing
  • Stephen Rutt: The Seafarers
  • Ali Smith: Spring
  • David Gange: The Frayed Atlantic Edge
  • Roseanne Watt: Moder Dy
  • Alan McKirdy: Northern Highlands (landscapes in stone)
  • Laura Watts: Energy at the end of theworld
  • Leila Aboulela: Bird Summons
  • James Hunter: Insurrection
  • Alexander McCall Smith: The Secret of the dark waterfall
  • Alastair Jackson / Kenneth Steven: The Spirit of the Hebrides

Winter Lights shopping evening

Once again the Ullapool Bookshop is celebrating the Winter Lights switch on here in Ullapool, with a special event. On Thursday 28th November, we will be hosting a Poetry and Shopping evening in the bookshop from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Local poet Stephen Keeler will be giving a personal poetry reading for 5-10min every half hour throughout the event (from 6pm onwards) and wine, soft drinks and canapes will be served to all guests. The poetry readings will be taken from 4 of the ‘Poems instead of a card,’ poetry pamphlets published by Candlestick Press.

We also have been donated a beautiful Christmas Spirit (the most recent Candlestick Press Christmas publication) mug, which will be raffled as a prize on the evening for one lucky recipient.

Please do join us and shop locally for some wonderful Christmas books, gift wrap, Christmas cards and a few lovely book gifts too.

Thank you.


Thanks for the postcards…..

Ullapool Bookshop had a surprise postal gift today of some wonderful old postcards of Ullapool and area from a customer of many years. She spent many happy holidays in Ullapool firstly with her parents in the 50’s and latterly at the campsite with her family and regularly spent time in the bookshop. Our grateful thanks and appreciation to Patricia Barr for her kind thought. No dates on the cards but many of you will be able to say when the pics were likely taken…..(photos also appear on the Ullapool Remember Facebook group).


New edition of ‘Hutton’s Arse: 3 billion years of geology’

A superb 2nd Edition of Hutton’s Arse by Malcolm Rider and Peter Harrison is now available.

The extraordinary and beautiful scenery of the Northern Scottish Highlands has been created by a geological history lasting over three billion years. The new and thoroughly up-dated edition of this popular book takes its readers through those three billion years, shows the rocks, visits the places, introduces some famous researchers and presents the geological theories that have been inspired by the Highlands. Even though the influence of this magnificent place can be overwhelming, the book is about geology and the modern science involved. It is written for all to understand. It is a book for non-specialists interested in modern science, scientists and all lovers of the Northern Scottish Highlands. The text is sometimes light-hearted, but the science is serious. The subjects covered are as wide as he the splitting open of the North Atlantic Ocean: a time when the Earth resembled modern Mars; early continent formation; billion year old bacteria; the very beginnings of human evolution; Snowball Earth; and, inevitably, climate change. This is modern science wrapped up in good writing and humour: a rare combination.


Exploring Scotland

Exploring Scotland…is the title of our monthly display area in the bookshop. If you are getting out and about, why not try The Book of the Bothy published by Cicerone Press, or Robert Macfarlane’s excellent book The Wild Places? There is also a stunning new coffee table book featured called Scotland : Highlands, Islands, Lochs & Legends
by Claudia Martin (£19.99 hardcover)


Children’s holiday table

Going on holiday…..needing some activities for the kids? Our kids area currently has a new display Going Going on holiday…..needing some activities for the kids?

Our kids area currently has a new display featuring all kinds of fun-filled activities for all of the family. Including crayons, felt-tip pens, games for all, wipe-clean activity books, i-Spy books, sticker books and also Travel activity books too.


Carrier Bags charitable donations

The Captain’s Cabin, Ullapool Bookshop and Lochbroom Hardware are pleased to donate in full all monies collected in respect of the 5p carrier bag charges to charity. Since the charge was introduced we have donated £724.45 to Highland Hospice and, this year £183.75 to Munlochy Animal Aid.