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Sensational Scottish Books – Granny & the Wild Haggis

Now in our special value range with at just £3.59, this hilarious children’s book is a superb buy.

Granny & the Wild Haggis
Granny & the Wild Haggis

David McNiven has a uniquely funny, rhyming style, that became popular in his previous collection of stories Granny and the Loch Ness Monster.

In this book for younger children, the mystery of the haggis is revealed…

“What is a haggis? Every year millions of people visiting Scotland ask this very question, and the answers they get are very often confusing!

Granny is having none of that nonsense though – haggis is made of minced meat and vegetables, of course.

That is, until she pops one in the pan and finds it eating all the vegetables…”

Comedic chaos ensues as Granny tries to catch the haggis. This will be a surefire hit with children and adults at story time.

Granny & the Wild Haggis is available from Scottish Bookstore now.

World Cup Fever!

The start of the 2018 World Cup is imminent, and even though Scotland aren’t playing, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some football fever!

Scotland Stars FC 1: Calum's New Team
Scotland Stars FC 1: Calum’s New Team

For our young football fans, we highly recommend the Scotland Stars series from Floris. Aimed at ‘reluctant readers’, these stories are accessible and engaging, full of action and illustrations. There are also lots of extras like character cards to collect and football tips, puzzles and games.

The stories are based around 10 year old Calum Ferguson. He’s recently moved to a new town and is struggling to fit in, and is also fighting for a place on the school football team.

Scotland Stars FC 6: Calum's Cup Final
Scotland Stars FC 6: Calum’s Cup Final

Packed with excitement on and off the field, these books will appeal to girls and boys interested in sport and football. There are six books in the series as we follow Calum from his new team right through to the cup final.

Find the full Scotland Stars FC series on Scottish Bookstore here

Book of the Month – Mary, Queen of Scots: Escape from Lochleven Castle

Our book of the month for June is tied into our theme – June for Juniors!

450 years ago, Mary, Queen of Scots undertook a daring escape from Lochleven Castle, where she had been kept captive for almost a year. In this latest story from Carnegie Medal winner Theresa Breslin this dramatic true story is given new life.

Mary, Queen of Scots: Escape from Lochleven Castle
Mary, Queen of Scots: Escape from Lochleven Castle

Accompanied by atmospheric illustrations of the Scottish landscape, this tale bridges folklore and historical fact and gives children the chance to learn about one of Scotland’s most powerful and infamous women.

Through Theresa Breslin’s gripping story, young readers will feel the tension of Mary’s imprisonment in the castle and the excitement of her daring escape plans.

Published by Floris, Mary, Queen of Scots: Escape from Lochleven Castle will be one of the stars of our children’s range this summer.

Order our Book of the Month on the website here

Father’s Day Books

It’s Father’s Day in the UK on Sunday 17th June.

That means it’s almost the time to be frantically looking for a father’s day gift that you haven’t gifted before… but don’t fear, we have some fantastic book recommendations for dads everywhere!

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My father-in-law is a big Oor Wullie fan, so this would be a great choice for him. Oor Wullie’s Greatest 100 Moments (as chosen by Wullie himself) in a handy little pocket book!

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If your dad needs to ‘chill oot a bit’ then why not give him the gift of some new age Scottish mindfooness? The Wee Book o’ Scottish Mindfooness teaches you how to relax and let go through exercises featuring homemade jeely pieces, fitba half time pies and more.

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Or, if you’d like to make your father feel proud as punch every day of the year, why not opt for 365 Reasons to be Proud to be a Dad? This offers a dad-fact for every day of the year, and it also makes a great gift for fathers-to-be.

50470_1Now, we’ve all been there. Dragged out to the garden centre to look at a new range of sheds… just what you want on a warm summer’s day. In this retro parody, Five Lose Dad in the Garden Centre with hilarious results.

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For the practical dads, a couple of books to make fatherhood easier. Life Hacks for Dads and Man Hacks offer a range of handy hints to take the stress and hard work out of simple jobs around the house.

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And lastly, the ultimate retro gift book for all fathers out there, How it Works – The Dad. Specially planned to help grown-ups learn about the world around them, this teaches all dads exactly what it means to be a dad.

All available while stocks last, all with 10% off!

June for Juniors!

We’ve been basking in some spring sunshine for well over a week now here at Scottish Bookstore – almost unheard of in Scotland! But long may it continue, especially since we’re now in June!

Our theme for the month is ‘June for Juniors’ and we’ll be bringing you highlights from our children’s range all month – trust me, it’s a difficult job to choose which titles to feature because there are so many fantastic books for children of all ages in our range.

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for our best books of the season, and tell us what you think of them too – we love to hear from our customers!

Sensational Scottish Book – Take the Slow Road Scotland

Hot off the Conway press is this new guide book with a twist – Take the Slow Road Scotland.

Take the Slow Road Scotland
Take the Slow Road Scotland

It’s billed as a collection of inspirational journeys round the Highlands, Lowlands and Islands of Scotland, compiled by ‘campervan guru’ Martin Dorey.

This book celebrates Scotland’s best driving routes. It gives details on where to go, where best to stop, where to pitch, what to do out and about and what makes these little pit-stops of Scotland so special.

Take the Slow Road Scotland
Take the Slow Road Scotland

Touring holidays are definitely on the up in Scotland – just look at the popularity of the North Coast 500 route – and this guide will appeal to anyone taking this kind of relaxed holiday. It’s a substantial guide in an attractive, chunky format and it’s full of photographs and plenty of quirky cartoon maps.

And for those of us not lucky enough to own our own home on wheels, there is also a comprehensive directory of rental companies for all areas.

Take the Slow Road Scotland
Take the Slow Road Scotland

This is how the author describes his book –

“Welcome to the slow road. Don’t rush. There is plenty of time. We have a lot of long, light evenings ahead of us. There are sights to see and people to meet. There are smiles to be smiled. If we do this right the slow road could be everything that you have been looking for.”

This is undoubtedly going to be a popular guide book for the summer, and it’s available now. Click here to find Take the Slow Road Scotland on our website.

Walks out West – Exploring the Hebrides with Cicerone

From short walks to long-distance trails, one of Cicerone’s 340 guidebooks is bound to give you the information and inspiration you’ve been looking for.

Explore the Hebrides with Cicerone
Explore the Hebrides with Cicerone

Their extensive range of Scottish titles include a beautiful and inspiring guide to the Hebrides set out in a large format to be savoured.

The 50 walks and backpacking routes highlight all the very best landscapes and scenery to be found on the spectacular islands of the Hebrides, a wonderland for adventurous walkers to return to time and time again.

The guide includes the best that the islands have to offer
The guide includes the best that the islands have to offer

The walks also include Hebrides classics, like the Skye and Rum Cuillins, the Paps of Jura and full circuits of smaller islands. Each walk combines clear route description with mapping and spectacular photography, while also advising on the route’s facilities, public transport access, length and terrain. The result is a collection of the very best walks with which to uncover the wild and rugged beauty of the Hebrides.

50 Walking & Backpacking Routes
50 Walking & Backpacking Routes

The Hebrides retails at £18.95. It’s available from Scottish Bookstore, along with all of Cicerone’s other Scottish guidebooks. Click here for the Cicerone page.

Outlander’s Scotland – our May book of the month

Our book of the month for May is hotly anticipated to say the least – we’re predicting this is going to be a phenomenally popular book!

Outlander's Scotland
Outlander’s Scotland

Outlander has been one of the biggest TV crazes to hit screens in recent years. Since its first airing in 2014, millions of viewers have tuned in to see Claire Randal and Jamie Fraser’s time travelling adventures. Scotland’s awe-inspiring landscape has taken centre stage in this series, and now Pitkin have compiled this superb guide to the locations that the smash-hit series was filmed.

From the ancient cobbled streets, gabled palace and herb garden of Culross in Fife, which became the fictional Cranesmuir, to the iconic 1960s Pathfoot Building at the University of Stirling, which Claire’s daughter visits on her first trip to Scotland, visitors too can time travel through centuries.

In Scotland, different eras coexist and collide – just as they do in Outlander.

Outlander's Scotland - Pitkin
Outlander’s Scotland – Pitkin

The book focuses on easy day trips to take from the characterful cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow – both of which are packed with Outlander filming locations – and offer information on the most rewarding sites, when to visit them and how to get there.

Outlander's Scotland - Pitkin
Outlander’s Scotland – Pitkin

As with all Pitkin guides, it’s illustrated throughout with quality photographs of the locations themselves and with imagery from the TV series.

Add a striking cover to boot, and this is bound to be a big hit all across the country.

Outlander’s Scotland is published in May 2018 and we’ll be selling it on Scottish Bookstore with 10% discount. Keep a watchful eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out when it’s available!

Month of Malt – Whisky Month Throughout May!

We can’t quite believe we’ve made it to May already – the year is disappearing fast!

Scottish Bookstore on Instagram
Scottish Bookstore on Instagram

Since it’s the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival and the Islay Festival of Malt and Music this month, we’ve decided to make May our month of all things Malt, and we’ll be highlighting some of our best recommendations in the whisky range on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We love reaching out to our customers on these platforms and talking about our books – so be sure to follow us, and have a chat when you can!

Have a great month of May, and check back in tomorrow for our Book of the Month…

Stationery Month – I Like Birds

We’re really pleased to have added this gorgeous new range of stationery products to our offering, produced by Quadrille and I Like Birds.

I Like Birds Stationery
I Like Birds Stationery

Featuring this beautiful artwork, the products feel both vintage and modern, colourful and minimal. The designers are based in Forres on the Moray coast.

Swallows Notebook
Swallows Notebook

In the range, there is this Swallows on a Line Notebook – an A5 hardback book with orange accents.

Flying Puffins Spot & Jot
Flying Puffins Spot & Jot

This is the Flying Puffins Spot & Jot notebook, a pocket sized, flip notebook with blank pages and an elastic closure. It also has a little orange pencil that’ll be to hand whenever it’s needed!

An Alphabet of Birds Address Book
An Alphabet of Birds Address Book

An Alphabet of Birds Address Book has illustrated pages for each letter of the alphabet – quite literally everything from an avocet to a zebra finch.

Oyster Catcher Notecards
Oyster Catcher Notecards

For those who still enjoy the art of letter-writing, or who love to have some quirky cards for any occasion there is this box set of 16 greetings cards in 4 designs. They each come with complementary coloured envelopes.

When Puffins Go Shopping...
When Puffins Go Shopping…

And lastly, this is the When Puffins Go Shopping Gift Wrap Book – with 12 folded sheets of gift wrap in 4 bird themed designs. Each sheet is folded twice with a gummed edge for easy removal. It also includes a set of 12 stickers.

The range is in stock now, on the Scottish Stationery page.