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What They Say About Us...
...In Print and Online
‘…the gem that is Pitlochry Station Bookshop’
Highland Perthshire News and Comment Feb. 2014
“…a fantastic second-hand book shop on Platform 1 of the station…”
The Guardian; Let's move to: Pitlochry
“Waiting for my train for London at Pitlochry train station, I popped into the Pitlochry Station Bookshop…It is a brilliant example of social entrepreneurship and creative response to an opportunity (ScotRail donate the premises to the enterprise as part of their ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme.)”
Honey and Cork Diaries
“…this is a genuine gem tucked into the perfect location. Pitlochry Station Bookshop has adapted the disused space in a way that creates a welcoming image and preserves a truly lovely old-fashioned train station…I managed to nab a quick browse and a cup of boiling hot coffee as Him Indoors and I waited for our train, and the selection did not disappoint.”
She Rides a Blue Bicycle
“The real treasure of the station, however, is the second-hand charity bookshop housed in the main building.”
“Reaching Pitlochry I decided to walk the main street to get an overview of the town. This was my first visit…The highlight was the second-hand bookshop in a part of Pitlochry Station.”
Leo du Feu, Landscape and Nature
“It was there that a secondhand book shop caught my fancy – on the railway station! How cunning is that for an idea? A lovely warm haven from the snell winds that whistle through these open stations. And what an Aladdin’s cave it proved to be with the books all carefully and methodically shelved, and a welcoming cosiness that just enveloped you from the outset.
Rosemary Goring, The Herald, 20th February 2016
...Crunching our way across ice and snow to the railway station the following day, we found one of the hidden delights of Pitlochry on Platform 1.
The second hand bookshop is a haven for travellers, and a boon for those charities supported by its takings (around £160,000 in its 10-year existence, we were told). So popular it has expanded from a small room to a decent sized shop, where you can buy coffee and tea, it offers a wide selection of titles, all in good condition, and rarely more expensive than a pound or two. My husband snapped up a one-volume edition of Evelyn Waugh’s complete travel writings, from Everyman, with which he passed the journey home.
You can’t help thinking that a place such as this, in which the risk of missing your train is high, offers a much greater service to passengers than the bland chain bookshops at Edinburgh’s Waverley or Glasgow’s Queen Street and Central stations. A similar venture in Wemyss Bay, which closes for the winter, is due to reopen in March, I believe, and it’s on my list of visits for springtime. The potential of such enterprises is huge, with many local readers buying their exceedingly inexpensive book, and returning it a few weeks later, thereby creating a virtual spiral for charitable coffers. If there were a string of places like this across the ScotRail network, far more readers could surely be tempted off the roads and into carriages. There they could make a start on their new purchase, broadening their minds or filling their imaginations while also helping good causes as well as the environment.
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