The Ullapool Bookshop

  • Bookshop exterior

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.







Home Delivery postponed

Dear all,

Here at Ullapool Bookshop we had hoped to be able to trial a home delivery system, whereby books could be ordered via a Home Delivery service supported by our main Distributors and sent to you via Royal Mail. However, it has now become clear that this is not possible at the moment. Our hope is that this could start at some time in the near future, and if so, we will inform you as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for all of your continued support for the Ullapool Bookshop and for independent bookshops nationwide.

Katharine Douglas, Ullapool Bookshop Manager



As of Monday 23rd March 2020 we are sadly closed for business.
This decision has been made in line with the latest government advice,
for the safety and welfare of all our staff, families, friends, customers and
the community during this Covid-19 Pandemic.
It is impossible to predict when we will be allowed to re-open but we will
keep you informed of developments during the coming weeks through
our social media pages and notices on the shops.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your loyalty and
We wish all of you continued good health and please stay well and
safe in these difficult times.
We look forward to welcoming you once we’re able to open again.
Best wishes from all of us.

World Book Day fun at the Ullapool Bookshop

We were thrilled to welcome classes from Ullapool Primary School to Ullapool Bookshop on Thursday 5th March. In total 6 different groups come and we had 113 World Book Day vouchers which were redeemed in total in one day, surely a new record for the bookshop. Clearly a lot of effort and thought had gone into the day, we saw some fabulous outfits from teachers and children alike and the final group were even treated to storytime from the Bookshop Manager too! Here are a couple of photos from the day. World Book Day 2020

World Book Day: 5th March




When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookshop, where there are TWELVE exclusive, new and completely FREE World Book Day books. Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead. And if you’d rather get an audiobook, that’s fine too! It’s your choice, just as long as the book or audiobook costs at least £2.99

Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm / Sunday 10am-5pm / 01854-612918

Highland Book Prize Shortlist announced

Shortlist 2019

The 2019 Highland Book Prize saw over 80 books by 50 different publishers submitted and reviewed by a panel of 105 volunteer readers comprised of industry professionals and avid readers.

We are delighted to be able to reveal the books on the shortlist for the 2019 Highland Book Prize. They are:

The Frayed Atlantic Edge: A Historian?s Journey from Shetland to the Channel by David Gange (William Collins)

Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie (Sort of Books)

Spring by Ali Smith (Penguin Random House)

Moder Dy by Roseanne Watt (Polygon)

Colin Prior visits Ullapool Bookshop

Author / photographer visit:

I was thrilled to have an unexpected visit from Author and Landscape Photographer Colin Prior today at the Ullapool Bookshop. It was a real privilege to talk to him about the Bookshop, his landscape Calendars and also to hear a little bit about 2 new books which are in the pipeline. Thanks for stopping by Colin,? and it was lovely to chat to you and to show you our bookshop.

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.