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.







The Seafood Shack / A Quite impossible proposal

2 New local books will be sure to be on everyone’s present list this Christmas.
‘A quite impossible proposal by Andrew Drummond’ tells the tale of the railways in the North Highlands that were never built and the frustrations of the people of the Highlands in the face of incompetence and the injustice of land ownership.
We also are very excited to welcome pre-orders for the new The Seafood Shack Cookbook which is launched on 3rd November (£20).

Christmas Cards / Advent Calendars

Yes it’s that time of year again and whilst 2020 has been no ordinary year, we are looking forward and our 2021 diaries, Calendars and 2020 Christmas cards have all arrived at the Ullapool Bookshop. We have only charity packs of cards this year, 3 designs of Boxed cards and either plain diaries or fancy Paperblanks diaries, which also make beautiful gifts. Our individual cards include stunning views of Ullapool, Loch Broom and the unique Creel Christmas Tree, as photographed by Angus Bruce.

New Ullapool guide book: This is Ullapool

A brand new guide to Ullapool has just been published called: ‘This is Ullapool.’ This short guide gives the history of the village, a short selection of walks, the geology and also some recommended places to visit in the area.

The book itself is £6.99 and copies are on sale in the shop now. Alternatively if you can’t make it in, please phone or email us and we can arrange to send out copies to you.

01854 612918 / [email protected]


UW500 Prize Winners accounced (30th July 2020)

Prize Winners announced for the inaugural UW500 (Ullapool Words 500): 30th JULY 2020.

Ullapool Bookshop is delighted and proud to announce that the inaugural winners for the UW500 (Ullapool Words 500) Creative Writing Competition have been declared today. The UW500 was born out of the Coronavirus crisis from a creative writing idea, which would give children and Adults a creative focus during the period of lockdown. In total over 40 entries were received with a large number of entries competing for the prizes in not only the Adults category, but especially the Children’s categories. Ullapool Bookshop Manager and overall administrator of the UW500 Katharine Douglas, said ‘I am thrilled and humbled that so many wonderful short stories were received from not only people living in Ullapool, but also Scoraig, Achiltibuie, Dundonnell, Lochinver and Inverkirkaig. The level of interest just proves that there is a need for the UW500 and I am very grateful to those who made it happen in such a short period of time and during lockdown, when the country was in crisis. We will certainly aim to make this competition an annual event. ’
Adult Judge Stephen Keeler said ‘Literary judges always say that ‘the quality floats to the top,’ and that winning entries usually announce themselves readily and at once. The winning entry in the UW500 did exactly that and therefore was easy to spot. Every single entry had something to commend it. I was delighted to have been asked to be involved in judging the UW500.’

And now on to the winners:

For the Adult Category (500 word short story based on the theme of holidays):

Phil Jones, Lochinver 1st Prize £50 book token
Alastair Cunningham, Ullapool 2nd Prize £30 book token
Kizzy Cochrane, Ullapool 3rd Prize £15 book token

Children’s Category 5-8 years old:
1st Prize (5-8 years old category): £50 book token NIALL MACLEOD
2nd Prize (5-8 years old): £30 book token DANIEL MASON

Children’s 9-18 Category:
1st Prize: £50 book token AMELIE POMEROY-SOOS
Joint 2nd Prize: £30 book token DOUGAL MASTERSON / TACITA ANGELL
Joint 3rd Prize: £15 book token LAILA INGLIS / MARIANNE MACKENZIE

Due to the large number of entries in the 9-18 Category, Katrina Thomson, owner of the Ullapool Bookshop who is supporting the book token prizes, has decided to award 2 x 2nd and 2 x 3rd prizes. ‘because there has been such a large turnout of children in the 9-18 category, we felt it was only right to award 2 additional 2nd and 3rd prizes.’

All of the winning entries will also be published in a short story collection, which will be available from the Ullapool Bookshop in Autumn 2020. The winners will be notified by either phone or email on 30th July and they will each receive a letter confirming their prizes. Thanks are also due to Ullapool Harbour Trust, Ullapool Community Trust (Community Benefit Fund) and Angus Bruce Photography, whose donations will make this publication possible.

Contact: Katharine Douglas, Ullapool Bookshop Manager
01854 612918 (07742 191 210)
[email protected]

Ullapool Bookshop re-opens

We are delighted to announce that the Ullapool Bookshop is re-opening today 30th June. Our initial opening hours will be Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm (closed for lunch 12.30-1.30pm) and we will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

On entry you will be asked to use the hand sanitiser, gloves are also provided for those who wish them. The shop doors will remain open throughout the day. We have a new perspex screen around the counter and a one-way system around the whole shop. Can we please kindly ask that you follow our new procedures and also we request that no more than 5 people at a time are currently allowed in the bookshop.

We are very much looking forward to reopening and welcoming you all back. Thanks for your continued support to the bookshop, it is very much appreciated.






(closing for lunch between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm).

For now, we won’t be open Sundays or Mondays.


Please note there will be a maximum of 5 customers allowed in the shop at any one time so you may have to wait for entry and all social distancing must be respected both within and outside the shop.

Hand sanitiser will be available and we ask that you use this as you enter and exit.

Thank you for your support, patience and understanding as we navigate our way through these challenging times.

If you are unable to visit the shop we will happily take an order by telephone/email and arrange for the item to be posted to you or collected on your behalf.


Telephone 01854 612918 Email : [email protected]




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