The Open Book

Why not live your dream of having your very own bookshop by the sea ... for a week or two?

Nestled in the pristine surroundings of Galloway, The Open Book is a charming bookshop and apartment, situated on the main street of Wigtown. A holiday home with a difference, it presents a unique opportunity for visitors to run a real bookshop at the heart of the town’s vibrant community. The Open Book's aim is to celebrate books, independent bookshops and welcome people from around the world to Scotland's National Book Town.

Booked through Airbnb, paying guests live in the self-catering apartment upstairs and run the bookshop below it for the duration of their stay. During their stay, guests are free to change displays, price books, re-categorise them, and make inventive use of the blackboard that entices visitors in to browse or chat. Some guests are happy to quietly run the bookshop, while others come with firmer plans and creative ideas!

Bibliophiles, avid readers, kindred book lovers and adventure seekers from around the world come to Wigtown to experience the life of a second-hand bookshop owner in a remote Scottish town. Sea, highlands, native forests, amazing people and bookshops are just on our doorstep.

53270762 386885452099789 3713082687196495872 N
32506624928 B937A16221 O
53333210 386884752099859 1819109921929560064 N

Book a stay at The Open Book:

To book a stay, visit our page on Airbnb:

Or join our waiting list to be contacted if an opening becomes available:

Follow us on social media:

Find us on Facebook:

Follow us on Twitter:

Read our residents' blog on Tumblr: http://theopenbookwigtown.tumb... 

Press enquiries:

Click here to download our media pack.

Click here to access hi res images of The Open Book (please credit photographer Colin Tennant).

For any additional enquiries, including requests for supplementary information and interviews, please contact Harvey Lindsay: / +44 (0)1988 402036.

AUCTION: The Open Book and a Golden Festival Ticket

We are offering one lucky bidder the opportunity for a unique holiday experience with a 5 night stay at The Open Book during part of Wigtown Book Festival, from 1-6 October 2019. The winner will also receive a Golden Ticket to attend any events (excluding dinners), whilst also ensuring the shop is open plenty too, of course!

To place your bid, email   Bidding ends 5pm on Thursday 15 August 2019. Bidding starts at £300. Please place your highest bid. Bids will increase in increments of £50.

Dates non exchangeable.  AirBnB terms and conditions apply.