Historic Ullapool Bookshop

During some recent sorting out, we found some old photos showing the construction of Ullapool Bookshop. The shop opened in June 2003 and these would have been taken just prior to the works being completed.

The final photo shows the owners of the Bookshop and the staff members at that time, just before the shop opened to the public in 2006.


New Year’s Resolutions

Have you made a New Year’s Resolution this year? Perhaps you don’t believe in this anymore? Perhaps you always religiously make a resolution and see it through? Whatever your wishes and plans for 2019, we have some suggestions for you with our new display area, with some great book suggestions too.


Children’s area

Our children’s area in the Ullapool Bookshop now has a brand new display table which will be changed regularly to reflect new books all with a recurring theme. Last month it was Christmas and today we have a fabulous new table all featuring new hardback books for all ages of children. Some highlights include: Robert Macfarlane’s ‘The Lost Words,’ ‘Tales of Kitty in Boots’ illustrated by Quentin Blake and ‘the Further Tales of Peter Rabbit.’ Happy reading.


Ullapool Book Festival 10th-12th May 2019

Details just announced for the 2019 Ullapool Book Festival, full details via their Facebook pages. This runs from 10th-12th May 2019 and the full programme will be available in March when tickets go on sale.


Christmas Lights

Ullapool Christmas lights

Last night we had a fantastic evening with the Ullapool Christmas Lights switch on and late night shopping. As part of the evening, we hosted the Ullapool launch of the Candlestick Press Poetry Pamphlet called Christmas Lights. We were thrilled to have the Ullapool based Poet Stephen Keeler read his title poem and also to explain a bit behind the inspiration to the poem. As he said last night, it was inspired by Ullapool and made in Ullapool. What was even more fantastic was the fact that 50 to 60 people came to the event last night and enjoyed shopping, the Christmas decorations and also the delicious canapés, produced locally by Izabela especially for the launch.

EXCITING NEWS: We were also beyond excited to have a visit from BBC Alba who decided to cover the book launch. They filmed some interviews, the poetry reading and also filmed the guests at the book signing too. It is planned that this will be shown tonight (Friday), along with some video of the Christmas Lights switch on, at 7pm-7.30pm tonight on BBC Alba. Tune in!


Creel Christmas Tree is coming

It’s mid November and that can only mean one thing in Ullapool…….that work has begun on building the world famous Creel Christmas Tree. The tree itself will be illuminated on 29th November at the Christmas Lights shopping and Ullapool lights switch on event.


The Darkest Dawn

The Darkest Dawn: The Story of the Iolaire tragedy is now available from Ullapool Bookshop (published today 1st November, 500 pages, hardcover, £25)

Author information:

Malcolm Macdonald and Donald John MacLeod’s painstaking research has taken decades and draws on an exceptional range of sources. The Darkest Dawn, is a significant and enduring testament to all those aboard the Iolaire on the night of New Year 1919.