Happy children=happy booksellers

We are so delighted and honoured to welcome 113 children into the Ullapool Bookshop today throughout the day for World Book Day. We had a visit from Gangsta Granny, Harry Potter, Gandalf, the Tiger who came to tea, princesses galore, and even the Golden Ticket too (Roald Dahl). Photos will follow tomorrow but we just wanted to say thank you so much for coming in and for sharing World Book Day with us.

If you haven’t redeemed your voucher yet, or if you saw other World Book Day books you would like to buy, fear not, we will have all of these titles available until 29th March for only £1 each (all 12 World Book Day titles only), or you can use your voucher to take £1 off any book which is £2.99 or more.

Windswept and wintry Ullapool

I snapped this photo the other day whilst on my way home for lunch from working at the Bookshop. Ullapool has experienced some wintry weather this week but so far nothing too dreadful. Travel has been interesting for those who needed a trip to Inverness but as long as you are careful and sensible, cars and deliveries seem to have got through without too much trouble. However, it is only 12th Feb and winter is certainly still with us.

The Nan Shepherd Prize

Yesterday the longlist was announced for the innaugural Nan Shepherd Prize 2019. the full longlist can be read here https://nanshepherdprize.com/2019/ with the shortlist being announced on 21st October and the winner revealed on 18th November.

Congratulations to all of the nominees.


In the evenings I’ve recently discovered the Edinburgh International Book Festival podcasts. Many events have been recorded over the years (or videoed) and these can be downloaded either on iTunes, Spotify or via the Edinburgh Book Festival website. https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/look-and-listen/player?

Last night I listened to Prue Leith being interviewed by Sue Lawrence which was a most entertaining event (lasting an hour). Another event which intrigued me also was Arundhati Roy being chaired by Nicola Sturgeon, although I might choose to listen to Christopher Brookmyre or watch Doddie Weir instead, too spoilt for choice.

Hope you all find this helpful and happy listening.

Booktime Magazine features Ullapool Bookshop

Booktime Magazine is a bi-monthly free magazine which we are proud to stock at Ullapool Bookshop. This month we are especially delighted to be featured as the ‘Bookshop Says’ ‘Ullapool Bookshop’ on pages 8 & 9! If you click on the link below an electronic copy is available, or of course pop into the bookshop to collect your own copy and read all about us


Delving into the Darkness: BBC Scotland

We are delighted that the BBC Scotland magazine programme ‘Loop’ has recently transmitted a new programme called ‘Delving into the Darkness.’ This programme includes crime writer Val McDermid who was interviewed both here in Ullapool and at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Some of the footage of Val McDermid was filmed when she was in Ullapool for her ‘My Scotland’ book event recently with Alan McCredie, but also you may spot the Ullapool Bookshop in the film too!

For those of you who want to see the programme, it can be found here on iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0007pd6/loop-2019-delving-into-the-darkness



Wainwright Prize Winner announced

The Wainwright Prize seeks to reward the best writing on the outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing and is sponsored by Wainwright Golden Beer.

The prize will be awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright?s core values of Great British writing and?culture and a celebration of the outdoors.

ROBERT MACFARLANE wins The 2019 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize with his epic exploration of the Earth?s underworld.

2019 Winner

The North Coast 500

Shop North Route 500 products

Ullapool Trading is delighted to announce the inclusion of a North Route 500 shop on our website: https://ullapooltrading.com/product-tag/north-route-500/

Books, Maps and Calendars can be purchased direct with items shipped nationwide. The North Coast 500

North Route 500

The Ullapool Bookshop

The Ullapool Bookshop

In our online shop we have a new section with maps and books all from the North Route 500. This includes the Scottish Campsites and Caravan Parks Map; the North Coast Journey Map and both current guidebooks featuring the whole 512 mile journey (Rough Guide to the North Coast 500 and The North Coast 500 guidebook by Charles Tait).

These items and more can be shipped direct to your home from Ullapool Trading (the online presence for both Ullapool Bookshop and The Captain’s Cabin in Ullapool, Wester Ross.



Scottish Highland Gifts from Ullapool Trading

Scottish Highland Gifts from Ullapool Trading

Ullapool Trading is a new website selling selected Scottish books and gifts from the Ullapool Bookshop and The Captain?s Cabin in the Highland village of Ullapool, Wester Ross, Scotland. New products are being added frequently to the website, so please do visit regularly and buy items to take home or to be sent nationwide. We also have a suggestions box for those items you have seen in our shops, but cannot find online.

Scottish Highland Gifts from Ullapool Trading