Writers’ Directory

Here’s a list of some of the most useful organisations for writers in the Highlands and further afield.

Have we missed something? Let us know.

Writer’s Resources

Follow these links for more information:

Book Festivals 



Research, Libraries & Archives

Highland Archive Centre

Writers Groups in the Highlands

Moniack Mhor writing group.

WORDS – Writing Cafe and Workshop

Black Isle Writers

The Reading Room (Seòmar Leughaidh)

Other Organisations

Bookshops & cosy places to write around the Highlands


Leakey’s Bookshop, Inverness

Scotland’s largest secondhand bookshop. Complete with open log fire and just about any book you could think of. Church St, Inverness IV1 1EY, UK


Waterstones Inverness

Waterstones Inverness is the biggest bookshop in the Highlands. As well as a wide range of books, maps and games, the bookshop often runs book launches and signings. 69, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness IV2 3PR


Picaresque Books, Dingwall

Picaresque Books & Galerie Fantoosh is a wonderful little shop on the High Street in Dingwall, full of an eclectic selection of books and artworks. They run events and support a writing community. 55 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HL


The Nairn Bookshop

The Nairn Bookshop is located on Nairn High St (at the top of The Brae). The selection includes fiction, non fiction and children’s books, and reading and events are frequent. 94 High St, Nairn IV12 4DE


The Highland Bookshop, Fort William

The Highland Bookshop has an extensive stock across all subject areas, including fiction, outdoors, Scottish and children’s, serving the local community and visitors.


The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool

Someone once said… “I always stay at the Ceilidh Place because it’s the only bookshop I know that has rooms [and a bar!]”. 12-14 W Argyle St, Ullapool IV26 2TY


The Mountain Coffee Company & Hillbillies Bookstore, Gairloch

The Mountain Coffee Company offers a wide range of specialist coffees and delicious baking for visitors and locals alike – attached to the coffee shop is Hillbillies Bookstore, with the widest range of books available for sale in the area. Strath Square, Gairloch, Wester Ross , IV21 2BX

Stromness Books and Prints, Stromness, Orkney

A small shop packed with an eclectic and considered collection of books. Fiction, children’s books, and an excellent range of titles about Orkney and the North. 3 Graham Pl, Stromness KW16 3BY, UK

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