The Border Book Trail


One of our great loves is books so we’ve scoured the Borders to bring you details of bookshops across the area.  The Borders has 4 independent bookshops and a larger number of secondhand, antiquarian and out of print bookshops.  If you know of any more or changes to the ones listed please let us know.   In a future post we’ll look at some bookstores further afield in Biggar and Haddington  and over the border in Alnwick and Berwick on Tweed.

The picture above is of my bookshelf of baking books.  I rarely leave a bookshop without a new one, though recently I’ve been buying more books on making soup and preserving.  Please enjoy exploring these bookshops many of which have a cafe built in (or there is one nearby) to make the experience quite perfect.


New Books


Masons of Melrose
Located at 9 Market Square, in Melrose town centre (TD6 9PQ) A good selection of books to suit many tastes and ages, as well as a nice selection of cards.



Whitie’s Books & Crafts
An extensive bookshop and haberdashery run by Douglas and Sheila who have an extensive knowledge of Peebles.  Located behind the Royal Bank of Scotland at Pennel Close, 3 High Street, Peebles (EH45 8AG)



The Forest Bookstore
Occupying part of the Selkirk’s original courthouse, this is a literary oasis, commended in the Guardian as as a “ characterful independent bookstore”.  Book Week Scotland described its collection as one with” maturity and balance”, and as a bookshop with “ a unique cultural character.” Owners Allan and Anne Harkness describe it as a labour of love.  It stocks a wide and discerning range of literary fiction and non fiction, with a core collection of literature, art and environment books.  There is a small gallery space used for innovative art works.  They also offer book search and book ordering services and literary editing.
Located in the centre of Selkirk at 26 Marketplace (TD7 4BL)


St Boswells

This multiple award winning bookshop, includes a cafe, deli, antiques and gifts and you can find out marabout it in our recent post.  Located on the main road through the village of St Boswells (TD6 0AT).


Secondhand, Antiquarian and Out of Print Books

Second Hand Books



It offers fairtrade and home produced light meals, alongside good coffee and a selection of second hand books.  Located in an old cobblers shop, imaginatively using the remains, at 2 Silver Street, Hawick (TD9 0AD)


Last Century Book
Morphed from an antiques shop to a bookshop, when owners Keith and Gill Miller spotted a local need for a good secondhand bookshop. With a stock of over 20,000 books on offer, there is a wide variety of books for the general reader, as well as a specialist section on Scotland.  Specialising in rare, out of print and secondhand books, you can browse the rare delights of the everything from how to keep a dairy goat to the latest crime thriller in their online catalogue.

Located on the main road through Innerleithen at 34 High Street (EH44 6HF)

Near Kelso

Found It At Last
Selling books and fanzines since 1995, Scottish Field described Found It At Last as “One of Scotland’s Top 10 Brilliant Bookshops”.  Located at 2 Bield House, Home Farm, Newton Don, Nr Kelso. (TD5 7SY).  You will find it North of Kelso on the Edinburgh Road near Stichill and Nenthorn, in the middle of nowhere! You can visit as well as browse and order online.



The Bookroom
With a stock between 6-8,000 books on a wide variety of subjects, they also sell on eBay under the name Cookes Bookroom.  Located at 1 Dingleton Road, just off Melrose Market Square (TD6 9QS)


Old Melrose

The Border Reader
A personal favourite of mine the Border Reader has around 5,000 secondhand books – fiction, non fiction, poetry, philosophy and the arts, academic books and a section of classical music CDS.  Located within the Old Melrose Furniture Studio and Tearoom (above the tearoom), first left after leaving the Ravenswood roundabout on the A68 heading for St Boswells.

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