The Open Book - a bookshop holiday!
The Open Book - a bookshop holiday!

Entire home/flat

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/flat

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Nestled into the pristine lowlands, The Open Book is a charming bookshop with apartment above in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town. Live your dream of having your very own bookshop by the sea in Scotland...for a week or two.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: £30
Weekly Discount: 1%


Nestled into the pristine lowlands, The Open Book is a charming bookshop with apartment above in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town. Live your dream of having your very own bookshop by the sea in Scotland...for a week or two.

The first ever bookshop holiday / residency experience, Scotland's National Book Town welcomes you to play-bookshop for a week or two. We'll give you your very own apartment and bookshop below, supported by a team of friendly volunteers to make your trip as lovely as possible. Set up by The Wigtown Festival Company, The Open Book's aim is to celebrate books, independent bookshops and welcome people around the world to Scotland's National Book Town. The fee for your stay is low because we are a non-profit. It covers the running costs of the holiday but that is all. A laptop and WiFi are provided, plus bicycles for those who like to explore the bucolic countryside on two wheels!

Scotland's National Book Town is in the most beautiful part of Scotland: Galloway. The setting for many literary classics, like The 39 Steps, beauty, history and adventure await you! Sea, ancient woodlands, crumbling castles, a whisky distillery, 7 Stains Cycle Trails, nature preserves, farms, the Southern Upland Way, Scotland's Art Town, Food Town and the home of Burns are just on your doorstep...public transport and bicycles will get you so far, but a car is strongly recommended.

The Open Book has a team of volunteers who want to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Someone will be here to meet/greet you. Otherwise, the rest is up to you. We are a friendly community, many residents have had a busy time joining local families for dinner or gatherings at the pub, other residents spend the holiday in the cozy apartment upstairs and out exploring.

Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town, is a magical place with 10 bookshops, about 1,000 people, right by the sea in the heart of South West Scotland.

A car is strongly recommended. There are buses, trains, cabs and bicycles. But we are a rural community, with lots to see on the doorstep, and you'll want the freedom to explore all Galloway has to offer so having your own wheels is best!

We encourage you to read up on Wigtown, Galloway and prepare for your visit, for there's lots to see here. Though there are buses, and bicycles, a car is strongly recommended and can be rented near Carlisle if you're coming by train, or Prestwick or Glasgow Airport. We offer you the bookshop, apartment and orientation. All the rest for your bookshop holiday is up to you. Please note that this is not a volunteer opportunity, nor are we paying you to work. This is a holiday that you are paying for, classified under cultural tourism and you can enjoy the bookshop as you wish. It is the sole responsibility of the resident to ensure that they adhere to any visa requirements or similar regulations.

House Rules

During the period of your bookshop holiday, we encourage you to blog regularly about the experience. All the residents have in the past and we'd like to continue the tradition! A blog has been set up at (website hidden) to which you will be given access for the period of your residency. The blog will be monitored by the project manager.

Terms and Conditions: by signing up for the holiday, you are agreeing to the following...

Residents are expected to contribute to the unique literary community of Scotland’s National Book Town. You will be a part of Wigtown's history!

The Open Book shop at 2 High Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HQ and we ask you will leave the accommodation as pristine as you found it. Though it is easy to get lost in having your own bookshop, we also hope you explore the area and enjoy all it has to offer.

Guests are not permitted to purchase books or any other stocks or items for The Open Book or flat without agreement in writing from Wigtown Festival Company.

Guests are also allowed to host readings, events and any activity biblio-related!

No smoking (please) in the shop or the apartment.

The accommodation sleeps a maximum of two people.

Heating will be on a meter system.

No sub-leasing is permitted.

Wigtown Festival Company will be solely responsible for health and safety and public liability insurance.

Wigtown’s community of booksellers are also there to offer practical and moral support.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

6 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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Andreja User Profile
April 2017
The Open Book is just such a unique and wonderful experience! The flat is lovely and comfortable and the window seat with the view of the street and the hills behind is magic. I have spent most evenings sitting there reading. The local people are also very friendly and very welcoming. Do go - you are in for a treat :)

Jane User Profile
February 2017
Well worth the wait! Such a great opportunity to run a bookshop for a week - and stay in a fabulous place. Everyone was v friendly and welcoming. We would stay again - if it wasn't completed booked for the next 3 years!

Radovan Andrej User Profile
February 2017
The best vacation of my life. Period. No question about it. It was fairly slow at the shop, given it was mid February, but I met lovely local people and enjoyed my time in Wigtown with them tremendously. Felt like home. Felt like among family. Can't recommend this place and concept enough. See you in September for the Festival!

Fern User Profile
February 2017
The flat is fantastic. The view from the window seat, and the window seat itself...sigh. Very handy to have a notebook there to leave notes for successive residents and pick up tips from previous ones. The bookstore was fun but a challenge too as there are far too many books stuffed onto not enough shelves. But you really do have free rein over it so go crazy!

Katarzyna User Profile
January 2017
A must for book lovers. Cutest city with nicest people.

Linda User Profile
January 2017
The Open Book is a unique and wonderful experience -- we recommend it wholeheartedly! The flat is well equipped for your stay. There are coffee shops, cafes, pubs and a grocer nearby. The Wigtown residents are very friendly.

Fred User Profile
January 2017
What a great experience it is to immerse yourself into the world of books in Wigtown. Living right above the book shop, you quickly become a part of the village life. The apartment is lovely, well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay and the view from the living room window is the best in town!

Wigtown, United Kingdom · Joined in August 2015
The Open Book User ProfileThe Open Book is a superhost.

The Open Book is a bookshop and above a self-catering flat in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town. We are cozy, tidy, imaginative and book-filled. For the bibliophiles, avid readers, kindred book lovers, adventure seekers, we are the first ever bookshop holiday experience. Our goal? To encourage reading, books, bookshops and visits to one of the most beautiful places in Scotland. Sea, highlands, native forests, amazing people and bookshops are just on our doorstep. Do we have reason to be smug? Yep. And now you can visit Wigtown yourself and enjoy this slice of heaven on earth too!

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