Leakey's Bookshop in Inverness in Scotland

If you are looking for a hidden delight when visiting Inverness and you love books and history, then Leakey’s bookshop in Inverness is a must-see. This treasure trove of a store envelops you with bookshelves swathed in literature spoiling us bookworms of the world. Here you can peruse the wealth of secondhand books that adorn the shelves.

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Full of charm and delights

A place that tickles the senses and ignites the imagination - a must-see!

Full of charm and quirks – a shop like no other

Interestingly this shop is housed in an old Gaelic church with a wonderful history behind it. And hints of the church remain such as the pulpit and stained glass windows. Adding to its charm a magnificent wood-burning stove nestles within to heat this enchanting building. Hints of Harry Potter come to mind, with the expectation of an owl to swoop above your head. With an array of comfortable seating to allow you to take time to choose which book(s) to buy combined with the burning stove, you can forget you are in a shop and not in some sort of magical time warp.

History of Leakey's bookshop

This gem was established back in 1979 by Charles Leaky and was originally spread over two shops. In 1994 once the church was converted this magical store was born and has become known as it is today. Hailed one of the most beautiful bookshops in Scotland possibly the UK, it heralds a fascinating history too. Now known as Greyfirar’s Hall this was once St Mary’s Gaelic Church, built in 1679 in the 17th century. With the addition of the spiral staircase, much of the original framework remains.

And did you say ‘Outlander’?

Well doesn’t it get more exciting if there is an Outlander link! And of course, there is. In the aftermath of The Battle of Culloden, this church was used as a temporary hospital to nurse injured soldiers. And you never know, you may cross paths with ‘Roger Mackenzie’ from Outlander as he frequents this store to absorb himself in its magic.

A definite must-see

So when you visit Inverness you must head to this spellbinding place. It comes with the guarantee of magical memories and surely a book or two to cement them with. Furthermore, to add to its story it sits on Church Street in Inverness – how apt! A booklovers dream yet a place full of allure for all who visit. So what are you waiting for?

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Church St, Inverness IV1 1EY

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01463 239947

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Eastfield Way, Inverness IV2 7GD

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0808 156 5533

Pay a visit to the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre

When you are in Fort Augustus you must stop by the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre. With all-year-round facilities, you can access it whatever the time of year you visit Loch Ness. Here everything is thought of. Find information guides, peruse a lovely gift shop, enjoy delicious homemade Scottish produce in their cafe and book adventures. Sitting by the canal at Canal Side, Fort Augustus, this is a great stop for all visitors and locals. Open from 9am- 6pm, 7-days a week there is no excuse to not pop in.

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Stocks some lovely mementos

Bespoke souvenirs that you can only find here!

Gift Shop

Here this Loch Ness gift shop stocks some lovely goods for you to take away as a nice memento of your trip. And these include souvenirs that you can only find here. Bespoke Scottish Canals ranges, unique Caledonian Canal souvenirs found nowhere else and items clad in their very own heritage prints from their own archive and tweed. Beautifully decorated mugs, tea towels, books, cards, cushions, scarves, Nessie souvenirs (of course) and much more are for sale in this lovely gift shop. Additionally for those tackling the Great Glen Way, be it by boat, bike or on foot, there are maps, first aid kits, guidebooks and probably, most importantly… midge hoods! Trust the Scots on this one, this will be your best buy for a damp summer evening in Scotland!

Visitor information

And, being a visitor centre it has been set up to provide a wealth of information on the local heritage and famous local features of the Great Glen, Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. As a result, giving you a great background on many of the well-known sites, their history and heritage that you may see on your travels. This makes for a much more meaningful and interesting visit when you know a bit more about the places you visit.

Enjoy some refreshments in the cafe and book in some action packed fun!

Why not after all that shopping and learning, enjoy a great cuppa and some cake? Here the cafe sells delicious homemade food with locally sourced produce. Furthermore, the grab and go service provides great coffee and ice cream from the Black Isle.

As well as all the above, you can book some fun-filled watersports available in the local area. In Your Element and Active Highs offer a range of fun water activities to get involved with. And you can book onto these here at the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre. So when you are in Fort Augustus head to this great hub! Make the most of all the facilities on offer 7-days a week!!

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Visit Loch Ness Gifts in Drumnadrochit

If you are looking for great Loch Ness souvenirs then you must head along to Loch Ness Gifts in Drumnadrochit. Here you can find a superb array of souvenirs to buy including Scottish sweets, tweeds, jewellery, Loch Ness monster gifts (of course) and much more. This family-run business thrives on its friendly and knowledgeable service and is a definite shop to visit when you are in the area. Located in the heart of Drumnadrochit on the A82 it sits opposite the Tourist Information Centre car and coach park.

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Gorgeous Scottish gifts

Sourced from a variety of Scottish suppliers

The range of gifts

Here you will find a great range of Scottish gifts sourced from a variety of Scottish suppliers. So if you are wanting the perfect Scottish gift to remember your travels this is the place to go. Traditional Scottish pewter jewellery including Celtic brooch designs, earrings, necklaces and charms make for a great keepsake. Additionally, Loch Ness Gifts supply the well-known brand of ‘Ortak‘ jewellery which is made in Orkney. Again these continue in the Celtic theme and are beautiful pieces. Why not buy a gorgeous Celtic bracelet to remind you of your time in Scotland?

Harris Tweed is also available and continues the Scottish theme. And there is a gift for every budget. Why not treat yourself or someone special to a tweed hip flask? Or how about a gorgeous tweed handbag and matching purse or wallet? Furthermore, there is a large range of clothing all linked with Scotland. Tartan scarves, Scottish T-shirts and hoodies, baseball caps, socks, bibs and booties and plenty of accessories are to name but a few. There is certainly lots of choice!

And of course... there is Nessie... and more Scottish gifts!

Of course, your trip to a shop by Loch Ness would not be complete without Loch Ness Monster merchandise and souvenirs. If you don’t get to see the real one, you can buy one instead! Choose from the likes of Nessie bath toys, hand puppets, cuddly toys, keyrings, coins, stickers, magnets and much more! Additionally, to Nessie, you can also pick a range of other Scottish gifts of the same ilk featuring Highland Cows, West Highland Terriers, sheep, thistles, the Scottish flag and so on…!

A range of Scottish and Nessie themed homeware goods are also available to buy. Why not get yourself or a friend and a nice Scottish glass or mug? Or how about choosing a lovely Scottish ornament? Scottish, soap, coasters, salt and peppers sets add to the array of themed gifts you can take home with you. But there is so much more that you just need to see for yourself in this great Loch Ness gift shop! Books, clan names memorabilia, stationary, CD’s and more! So why not head along to Loch Ness gifts on your sightseeing adventures and bring back something to remember your time in Inverness in Scotland? It is well worth a visit.

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The Green, Drumnadrochit, Inverness IV63 6TX

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01456 450695

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A great little farm shop and delicious food in Camerons Tearoom near Foyers

If you fancy going somewhere quite special then head to Camerons Tearoom near Foyers. This great little farm shop with a combined tearoom sits in the most quaint and beautiful location. A gorgeous winding country road leads to this gem. And it gets better and better. A bright, spacious interior awaits as does a warm welcome from Morag and the lovely staff who work hard to create a great experience for those who visit. And after you have enjoyed a good feed you can peruse the goodies in their farm shop.

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Delicious home baking!

Choose from a tasty breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or sample menu

Food and Drink

Depending on what time of day you visit you can choose from a tasty breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea menu. Additionally, there is a sample menu you can choose from on an old fashioned rollover school blackboard. A full Scottish breakfast can set you up for the day or a Crofter’s lunch will fuel you up midday ready for the second run. Then there is the baking! Delicious home baking all freshly made on the day! And so much choice. The only problem will be leaving enough room to sample all the delights. And if you opt for afternoon tea it will be the home baking you get to enjoy!

The Farmshop at Camerons Tearoom

And of course, then there is the farm shop. Being situated on Morag and her husband Ali’s farm, Glenlia Farm, it would not be complete without a farm shop. Here you can buy fresh seasonal produce as well as local crafts, cards and gifts. Additionally, local artists exhibit their work which adorns the walls. All are for sale should you wish to purchase a nice memoir on your visit. Chilled cabinets offer tasty chilled goods and there is a lovely range of preserves and dried goods. So whatever you fancy, be it a keepsake or some delicious food you can take something home with you.

Highland Cows and other four-legged creatures

Another lovely addition to Cameron’s Tearoom is the Highland Cows. They breed Highland Cattle on the Farm so there is plenty to see. Depending on the time of year you visit you may even see some of their calves! Additionally, there are two Shetland ponies, Rummy and Oden who are the best of friends. And if you are lucky, you may also spot some deer!

So if you are looking for farm shops near Inverness where you can enjoy some great food and drink then head to Camerons Tearoom near Foyers. You will not be disappointed. Furthermore, they offer accommodation too should you wish to stay. Then you can taste all their cakes!

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A lovely craft shop near Inverness

If you are looking for a lovely craft shop in Inverness then why not pop along to Morag’s Craft Bothy? Here you can not only peruse the choice of lovely handcrafted gifts, you can even have a go at some ceramic painting. Set in a lovely Bothy amidst woodland you are a stone throw away from the stunning Falls of Foyers. This makes for a fabulous family day out so read on to find out more.

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Great family day out

Create a unique gift for someone special

Ceramic Painting

Why not create something of your very own to remind you of your visit to Inverness? Or create a unique gift for someone special? Well, at Morag’s Craft Bothy you can do just that. With a wide range of whiteware to choose from you can paint any piece you like! Be it a mug, ornament, money bank, large bowl and much more there is something for everyone. And this is a great activity for adults and children, making for a great family day out. Important to point out, is you do not need to be artistic. Whatever you design, it always comes out as its own unique masterpiece! With a choice of acrylic or ceramic paint, you can decide upon the speed at which to create your work of art. As ceramic paints need to be fired you will need to allow two days for them to be ready. However, if you are not able to wait that long with acrylics you can take it away that day.

Our Loch Ness souvenir shop and spot of coffee

Additionally, our wonderful gift shop by Loch Ness offers an array of locally handmaid giftware and souvenirs such as beautiful knitwear. Not to mention Morag’s very own and very popular sheep design tableware which can be bought to order. And this is a very special gift as each piece is unique! Then why not sit back and enjoy a hot cuppa at Nancy’s Nook? Here you can enjoy some delicious cake and snacks, all in a quaint and relaxing environment decorated with Dutch wear, antiques, not to mention comfy cushions!

So why not head along and create some magical memories and buy or make your very own souvenirs at this special Bothy. It really is a very special little craft shop near Inverness.

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Bay Lodges, Foyers, Inverness IV2 6YB

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07592 604249

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High street names and top brands

The Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness is a fabulous shopping experience, with a plethora of high street shops and top brands on offer. As well as plenty of restaurants and cafes to keep you fuelled on your shopping trip. So if you’re looking for great high street shopping in the city centre, this is the place to be. With everything from clothing, footwear, accessories and jewellery, to toys, gifts and homeware. And as it’s indoor, you don’t even have to think about the weather forecast. So, come along to the Eastgate Centre for a bit of retail therapy, come rain or shine!

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Great Household names

And a choice of super eateries and coffee shops

Shops and eateries

There are household names aplenty at the Eastgate centre, such as Boots, Next, Superdry, Waterstones, and Pandora. And also some independent Scottish companies like Jay Jay Kids and Thistle Gem. For food and drink, there are coffee shops and fast food outlets including Costa Coffee and Burger King, along with sit-down restaurants like Pizza Express and The Filling Station. So you can grab a quick bite or enjoy a more leisurely meal. In addition, you’ll find a wide range of services based here, including banks, bureau de change, car hire and car valeting. Free Wi-Fi is available for all customers too.

Noah's Ark Clock

Don’t miss the famous Noah’s Ark Clock during your visit to the Eastgate Shopping Centre! This animal-themed automation clock was installed in 1983, when the centre was originally built. Every hour on the hour, a monkey figure climbs a tree and chimes the bell. The clock then plays a children’s song like Baa Baa Black Sheep or The Ugly Duckling, and more animal figures move to the music. And at 12 noon there is a special extended display, where extra songs are played. This is a must if you’re shopping with the wee ones.

Visiting Eastgate Shopping Centre

The Eastgate Centre is easy to reach by car or public transport, as it’s located right in the heart of the city. There are two car parks and charges apply. You can find out more about the centre’s facilities, check opening times and download a mall map here. Then, take a look at our shopping section for more ideas of shops and markets to visit in Inverness and explore some of the other fabulous things to do and places to see around the Scottish Highlands.

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11 Eastgate, Inverness IV2 3PP

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01463 226457

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Victorian Market Inverness

The Victorian Market is a covered market in Inverness, with independent shops, cafés and services. Located in an ornate Victorian-style building with a glass, timber and cast-iron roof, this is a fantastic place to pick up gifts, souvenirs, clothing, accessories, jewellery and more. Plus, there are some lovely cafés and ice cream shops. Perfect for refreshments during a busy shopping trip!

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Built in 1870

An impressive glass building with a glass and timer roof

History of the market

The covered market was first built in Inverness in 1870. Sadly, nineteen years later a fire destroyed most of the market. The only part that survived was the entrance on Academy Street, which remains to this day. A rebuilt market opened in 1891. An impressive building with a glass and timer roof, supported by cast-iron columns. With a Market Hall and rows of shops with elegant round-headed fronts, providing plenty of choice for shoppers of the day. Today, it is still a popular shopping area in Inverness. The shops sell a range of quality goods, including clothes and accessories, gifts and souvenirs. There are also cafés and a barbers’ shop.

Shops and services

The shops and cafés in the Victorian Market are run independently. No High Street chains here! So, if you’re looking for a unique shopping experience, this is the place to come. You can find a current list of shops, cafés, food outlets and services on the Victorian Market website. Along with information on opening times.

Shopping in Inverness

The Victorian Market is just one of the wonderful places to shop in Inverness. Take a look at our shopping section for more ideas of shops and markets to visit in the area. Great for a bit of Highland retail therapy. And when you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, explore some of the other fabulous things to do and places to see, right here in Inverness and around the Scottish Highlands.

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Academy St, Inverness IV1 1JN

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01463 710524

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