At the Sign of the Dragon

St. Ninians

New Road





01988 403446

Richard van der Voort

In business since 1971, we moved to Wigtown in 2002. In our extensive premises we stock New and Secondhand books and magazines on SF, Fantasy, Horror, Crime Fiction, Children's Fiction especially Fantasy, Film and TV tie-ins, Naval and Military both Non-Fiction and Fiction. Transport especially Railways. Parking inside on Drive. Opening Hours: 11am-4pm or by appointment. Visa and Mastercard accepted, retail and mail order.  

Beltie Books

6 Bank Street



01988 402730

The newest bookshop in Wigtown, Beltie Books opened in July 2013. In a delightful combination, an eighteenth century drawing room forms the bookshop, which is a front - both literally and metaphorically - for a spacious, airy, bright café and gallery.

An eclectic selection of books with an increasing focus on local and Scottish interest and history rewards the careful browser.

We will also buy books.

Fantastically good coffee and tea from a boutique merchant in Aberdeen compliment a small but fine menu of cakes and light meals, made on the premises, mainly from local ingredients, some grown in the garden where visitors can enjoy the sunshine - weather permitting, of course.

Pets may bring their well-behaved owners.

Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday. Thursday, Friday 10am to 4.30pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm Sunday 12noon to 4pm, Closed Tuesday

Self catering flat available, please see link below




Byre Books

24 South Main Street



0845 458 3813 (UK calls at local rates)

Laura Mustian and Shani Mustian

We specialise in second-hand books on World Mythology and Folklore, Scottish books, Theatre, Film and TV. There is also a small General stock and a Children?s section. We are fully wheelchair accessible and have a small, peaceful garden where you can sit and relax.

Opening Hours
7 days a week:
March - Oct 10am to 5.00pm (Sunday 11am - 4pm)
Nov - Feb 10am to 4.30pm

CurlyTale Books

18 North Main Street





01988 402896

Jayne Baldwin & Shalla Gray

Welcome to the home of Big Bill the Beltie Bull and other stories! The team behind independent publisher Curly Tale Books Ltd now run the children’s bookshop previously known as The Box of Frogs. Apart from our own growing catalogue we also stock new and pre-loved books for children ranging from the latest titles to classic stories including a small selection of comics and graphic novels.  Toys, games, gifts and a wide range of greetings cards are always in stock. Regular readings, author visits and storytelling held regularly throughout the year.

Opening Hours
Six days per week - closed Sundays

April to September - 10m to 5pm

October to March - 10am to 4.00pm (also closed Thursday)

Festival Bookshop

Behind the Scottish Power Marquee 10am-5pm (6.30pm at weekends) during the Festival.


The Festival Bookshop hosts book signings, contains books by all the writers appearing at the festival as well as a selection of other recently published writing, and is the perfect place to browse for inspiration.

GC Books Ltd

Unit 10, Book Warehouse

Bladnoch Bridge Estate


Dumfries and Galloway



01988 402688

Large warehouse open to trade and the general public. We hold a large stock including History, Theology, Scottish Interest, Literature and Antiquarian. We offer a FREE book search service and will order both new and second hand books. GC publications are also available and include many local titles.
Book Tokens accepted.
Wheelchair access.

Opening hours: 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday. 

Glaisnock Cafe & Books

20 South Main St,

01988 402249

Glaisnock Café is located in the heart of Wigtown with a recently refurbished cosy café room, including comfortable sofa seating and breakfast bar & bar stools to enjoy the beautiful views looking over Wigtown Square gardens.  Drink, Eat, Relax, while away the hours, a warm welcome awaits you. We offer homemade hot & cold meals all day, light snacks, cakes, scones, sandwiches, paninis and soups as well as our daily specials. All cooked on the day in our kitchens. We now offer vegetarian and gluten free options. We are proud to supply a range of Thomsons of Glasgow Coffee including dark, medium and decaffinated roasts. All ground from beans on a daily basis. Speciality teas are also served. We source our meats and cheese from within the county to offer you an authentic taste of Galloway.


Stockists of second-hand Modern Fiction, Autobiographies and general Non-Fiction books, which can be found in our 'book cave' at the back of the café.

Opening Hours: 


March to October - 8am to 8pm every day

November to February - 9am - 4pm Monday to Saturday

Ming Books at Craft Hotel

30 Main Street



07500 0650076

Here at Craft we offer the chance to enjoy Wigtown's first evening book shop. How better to enjoy your evening than with a good book and a delicious glass of wine or revitalising beer? Open from 10am to 10pm Craft is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day and get your nose stuck into a gripping read. 

Number 11

Wigtown Festival Company

11 North Main Street



01988 402036

Number 11 is Wigtown Festival Company's shop which also houses the Festival Box Office.  We stock a wide range of new books, including some signed copies from authors who have attended Wigtown Book Festival. Also available are a range of quality literary themed gifts and local arts and crafts to suit every budget. Number 11 is licensed for the sale of alcohol daily from 10am - 8pm. We stock a small range of local and Scottish products including Bladnoch Whisky, Hills and Harbour Gin, and Sulwath Beer.

Open 10am - 4pm Mon - Sat, 12 noon - 4pm Sun, outwith Festival times and 9am - 5pm during Wigtown Book Festival.



17 South Main Street





01988 403266

Jacqui Robertson

ReadingLasses boasts a quirky welcoming atmosphere for bookworms with a caffeine habit! There’s plenty of space to relax in comfy chairs and sofas, read a book, enjoy our wonderful coffee and home baking or treat yourself to lunch in our slightly more formal café.

ReadingLasses is the only women’s bookshop in Britain and our front room is dedicated to books ‘by and about women’. We are only one of only a few independent bookshops who stock directly from Persephone Books in Bloomsbury, a publishing house specialising in reprinting neglected fiction and non- fiction by mid-twentieth century women writers. Our middle room however, houses a more eclectic collection of books including travel and exploration, history, science and social sciences.

Our café always serves homemade soup and soda bread and a wide range of sandwiches along with a great selection of home baking.  We have gluten free and vegetarian options available.

Opening Hours : During Festival - 10am to 10pm


The Book End Studio

23 North Main Street


Dumfries and Galloway



01988 402403

Julie Houston

A relatively small selection of books on a wide variety of subjects, stocked at the rear of the property, allowing for uninterrupted browsing. From gardening to fiction or kids to cookery, only a few of the subjects you will find in the Book End Studio.

Opening Hours
Mon - 12 to 2pm

Tues, Thur, Fri and Sat - 10am to 2.30pm

Wed, Sun - Closed

The Bookshop

17 North Main Street





01988 402499

Shaun Bythell

Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. Nine well organised rooms, all full of books resting on nearly a mile of shelving. We have books on all subjects and regularly refresh our stock. We also buy books.

Opening Hours
9am to 7pm Monday to Saturday

The Old Bank Bookshop

7 South Main Street





01988 402111

Ian & Joyce Cochrane 

The Old Bank Bookshop, which was taken over by Ian and Joyce in 2004, offers a warm welcome and over 5 rooms of high quality out-of-print, second-hand and antiquarian books on many subject areas including: General, Military and Local History; Literary and Classical Studies; Fiction and Literature (including Foreign) Children’s Collectibles; Theology/Philosophy; Natural History; Field Sports; Ornithology; Travel and Topography; Transport; Gardening/Horticulture; Architecture and Design; Cookery and Crafts and Scottish interest. Extensive sheet music and comprehensive Art book sections.

Wheelchair access. We also buy books.
French spoken. Songs Sung!


Opening Hours March to October – 7 Days 9 am to 6.30 pm. November to February (inc.) – 6 Days 10.30 am to 5 pm (closed Sundays)  

The Open Book (Residency)

2 High Street



01988 402010

Launched in August 2014, The Open Book is a unique project that invites writers, artists and thinkers to Scotland’s book town to run a bookshop for a short period of time. It is designed to bring new creative talent to Wigtown and to raise awareness of issues facing booksellers everywhere. It is run through AirBnB and currently fully booked until June 2021. Watch this space for more opportunities to visit Scotland's National Book Town.


The Open Book shop (formerly Book Corner) is at 2 High Street.

Look out for activities in the shop during the week including free bedtime readings at 9.30pm.