Changes to Opening Hours

Tonight (Saturday 22nd September) sees the last of our summer evening openings with the Ullapool Bookshop closing at 9pm this evening. From Monday 24th September our Opening Hours will be 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sundays.


Best crime novel of the year

Writer Liam McIlvanney has won the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for the crime book of the year at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling.

His book, The Quaker, was described by judges as the standout winner of this year’s competition.

The prize was renamed two years ago in memory of Liam’s father and author, William McIlvanney.

Last year’s winner was Denise Mina for her book, The Long Drop.

Next wek Liam will be here at Literally Literary at Loopallu Festival.

No more plastic

With the news emerging almost every day of more plastic being discarded and other greener alternatives being sought, here at Ullapool Bookshop we have 2 new books in stock, which couldn’t be more topical: 1) No. More. Plastic. and Turning the tide on plastic by Lucy Siegle.

HIghland Journal by Jack P Harland

Now available from Ullapool Bookshop:

Jack’s love of hillwalking began with a trip to the North-West Highlands where he and his son, Tom, began to explore the extraordinary mountains of Coigach and Inverpolly. Now this experienced hillwalker and geographer writes Highland Journal, an illustrated memoir looking back on his adventures.

Joining the Jolly Boys, an anarchic group of Munro baggers, Jack was initiated into the world of hillwalking. Highland Journal records his adventures, the geology, the natural history and the idiosyncrasies of his climbing companions. With hair-raising moments such as walks in the deep snows of the Highland winter using crampons and ice axe and a mountain rescue on the Cuillin of Skye, readers witness the author’s transition from wide-eyed hillwalking novice to competent mountaineer.

Illustrated with Jack’s own drawings and watercolours, Highland Journal also includes distinctive relief maps of each mountain climbed. The book will appeal to hillwalkers and Munro baggers, as well as readers interested in landscape and wildlife and lovers of adventure.


One of our new local books is a beautiful coffee table book by Photographer Kevin Percival, which is called Tanera. This A4 size book encompases a six year project to photograph the largest Summer Isle, from the buildings, to the landscape, to the people who work there. We have a display copy in the shop as well as copies for sale of this beautiful book of black and white professional photographs.

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.