Byre Books

Welcome to Byre Books

… turn down the pend by the Market Cross through a small wild peace garden to a room full of books

The secondhand bookshop specialising in books on folklore and mythology, theatre, film and tv, and Scotland and books of Scottish and Gaelic interest.


Our main focus here is on story-telling from around the world: the fable, the wonder tale, the legend. Tales of origins lead on to mythology, custom and belief, anthropology and archaeology, not to mention the wilder shores of Forteana.


Our books explore Scottish history, biography, landscape and all aspects of Scottish cultural life. We have a growing Gaelic section, and are keen to buy interesting Gaelic titles.

History, Land, People, Culture, Gaelic.

The top website for Scottish booklovers has to be that of the National Library for Scotland which has acres of info on Scottish books, including online access to the first books ever printed in Scotland.

One of the best pages of Scottish interest links, especially literature, is that of
Glasgow’s Mitchell Library.

Another excellent page of links to sites on
Scottish Literature in Scots, Lallans and Gaelic, none the worse for coming from the University of South Carolina.

And last but not least, it wouldn’t be Scottish Literature, if we didn’t mention the auld exciseman himself –
The Official Robert Burns site for full details of how to run your burns supper, and his complete works in Scots and translated into English. (Wigtown, by the way, is in the heart of Burns country, with his birthplace 40 miles to the north and Dumfries, where he died, 50 miles to the east.)


We specialise in play-scripts of all kinds, also film scripts and radio plays. There are books on the actor’s craft and theatre technique, theatrical history, film history, actor biographies, film and TV tie-ins and Shakespearean criticism.

We also sell good books of general interest.

Byre Books is in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Booktown.
Click here for links about Wigtown Booktown, tourist information about this very beautiful part of Scotland, and how to get here.

We no longer sell books through this website, but all our books are listed onĀ . . . , Antiqbook , ABE Books

You can still order direct from us by emailing

We are members of the Wigtown Book Traders’ Association and subscribe to their Code of conduct for Fair Trade.

Tel: (UK calls at local rates) 0845-458-3813
International: +44-1988-402133