Wigtown Book Town

Wigtown was officially designated as Scotland’s National Book Town in 1998 and is now home to a wide range of book-related businesses. A book lovers haven – and with over quarter of a million books to choose from, old and new … it is impossible to escape empty-handed.

Wigtown’s Location

Situated in the southwest of Scotland, with the Central Belt & Ayrshire to the north, Cumbria & the Lake District to the south, the Scottish Borders & Northumberland to the east, and Ireland to the west, this kaleidoscope of beautiful pastoral landscape, rugged coastline, woodland and forest, moorland and mountain is a rich cultural melting pot.

Events at the Old Bank Bookshop – November 2017

We are delighted to be part of the official launch of Amy Geddes’ Fyne Fiddles (Book and CD) on Saturday 25 November 3-5 pm. A leading light in the world of contemporary Scottish Fiddle, and an inspirational tutor, Amy returns to her Gallovidian roots with an...

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Fire and Light Festival

24th – 26th November 2017

As winter approaches, join us for a celebration of Fire & Light in Wigtown’s bookshops. Find a warm welcome in Scotland’s National Book Town at this new festival presented by the Association of Wigtown Booksellers. Events are free and last one hour unless otherwise stated.

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Wigtown Book Festival

The annual Wigtown Book Festival offers more than 200 events for adults, children and young people including literature, music, film, theatre, arts and crafts. The festival takes place for 10 days each autumn and has welcomed speakers such as Ian Rankin, Clare Balding, Celia Imrie, John Simpson, Joanna Lumley, Douglas Hurd, Sally Magnusson, Richard Holloway, Mairi Hedderwick, Nick Sharratt and Cathy Cassidy.

For more information please visit the Festival website: www.wigtownbookfestival.com

Shopping can be a relaxing day out

With easy access and easy parking in the town’s wide streets and market square, shopping is a pleasure in Wigtown. It’s an easy stroll round bookshops, gift shops, cafes and inns. New businesses and restored buildings all add to the vibrancy of the literary town. There are special facilities, including toilets, for people with a disability.

Buy a book – it’s a gift chosen with care

Wigtown has some twenty book-related businesses, with new and second-hand books galore. Second-hand books in good condition make very popular gifts, with so much thought going into finding just the right book. Stumped for a present? Everyone has an interest – fishing or philosophy, gardening or history – and they’ll love a book about it! How about a 1950s Dandy Book? You don’t have to be a youngster to enjoy an annual.

Paintings, prints and lots of cards

Books and painting go hand-in-hand, and we have specialist businesses that stock a wide range of paintings, prints and cards. Picture-framing and portrait-painting are on offer, too. A portrait in oils, taken from a photo? It’s possible in Wigtown!

Personal service that comes as standard

Most likely, the people serving you in Wigtown shops will own the businesses, and personal service is something they pride themselves in. They’ll help you find exactly the right book or gift, and they’ll advise on art or upholstery, or track down out-of-print publications.

Good food and refreshments

Enjoy a great day out, with meals and refreshments served in the town’s cafes, inns and hotels. We also have our own distillery in nearby Bladnoch – the region’s only distillery – with visitor centre and gift shop. Regular visitors turn their Wigtown shopping trip into a holiday, choosing from the wide range of local accommodation.

We look forward to meeting you when you visit this idyllic corner of south-west Scotland.

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Book launch event this Sunday at Curly Tale Books. All welcome. ... See MoreSee Less

Book launch - Meet the Author

December 17, 2017, 2:30pm - December 17, 2017, 9:30am

Come along to the launch of the beautiful picture book 'Nip Nebs'. There's a chance to meet the author Susi Briggs and illustrator Ruthie Redden, hear their stories and get a signed copy.

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Short excerpt from Shaun's book by the author. Enjoy. ... See MoreSee Less

After a number of requests (yes, one IS a number) here's a mercifully short clip of me reading from the diary.

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