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A town made of books

Wigtown - Scotland's National Book Town - is home to more than a dozen bookshops and book-related businesses. Open all year round, they offer a haven for readers and writers, with more than half a million titles to browse.

Buy books and support WBF

Bookselling is just one of the ways that Wigtown Book Festival sustains itself. The Festival Company runs the Number 11 Bookshop (new and contemporary) as well as the Open Book (second-hand). At the autumn festival, we also operate a temporary shop selling titles specific to that year's events.


Number 11: Wigtown Festival Company Book & Gift Shop

Open year-round, 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 Festival authors (note: during the Festival signings are conducted in the larger, tented Festival Bookshop).

Also available are a range of quality literary themed gifts and local arts and crafts to suit every budget. We stock a small range of local and Scottish products including Bladnoch Whisky, Hills and Harbour Gin, and Five Kingdoms Beer (Number 11 is licensed for the sale of alcohol daily from 10am-8pm).

Opening hours (open all year)

During Wigtown Book Festival: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm
Outwith the Festival: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 12 noon-4pm

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Festival Bookshop

During Wigtown Book Festival, our Festival Bookshop hosts book signings and contains books by all the writers appearing at the Festival - the perfect place to browse for inspiration.

Find the Festival Bookshop beside the Festival Marquee, on South Main Street.

Opening hours (Festival only)

Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat & Sun, 10am-6.30pm

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The Open Book

The Open Book is a holiday experience like no other, offering residents the opportunity to run a bookshop for a short period of time. The bookshop, with a one-bedroom self-catering flat above, is located in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town. It is designed to encourage, reaffirm or rekindle a love of books and welcome people from around the globe to one of the most beautiful places in Scotland. With sea, forests, an amazing community and a dozen bookshops on the doorstep, it’s a book lover's haven. It is run through AirBnB and is currently fully booked until July 2021. Follow the activities of the resident booksellers at The Open Book blog, and on The Open Book Facebook page. If you’re interested in The Open Book experience, you can join our waiting list.

Find The Open Book at 2 High Street.

Opening hours

Opening hours vary depending on the arrival and departure of residents. The shop is generally open 6 days a week. If the resident is out, they’ll leave a note on the door about when they’ll be back.

Look out for activities in the shop during Wigtown Book Festival, including free bedtime readings at 9.30pm.