Take A Holiday Running A Scottish Bookstore

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The Open Book, Wigtown, Scotland

The Open Book is one of the most unusual holiday and vacation opportunities I’ve seen. Offered through Air BnB, The Open Book lets you run a Scottish bookstore for a week.

For around $300 a week, visitors stay in an apartment above a bookstore in Wigtown, a small Scottish villageĀ of 1,000 residents. Known as Scotland’s National Book Town, Wigtown is in reach of sea and moor, woodlands, crumbling castles, distilleries, bike trails, nature preserves and golf.

Wigtown, Scotland
Wigtown, Scotland

The catch is that you must run the bookstore for a minimum of 40 hours a week. The Open Book store writes on Air BnB :

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 bookshop, and apartment above, supported by a team of friendly volunteers and bookshop sellers to make your trip as lovely as possible. Set up by The Wigtown Festival Company, the bookshop residency’s aim is to celebrate bookshops, encourage education in running 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

None of Scotland’s big name courses are in the area, but there does seem to be quite a variety within a short drive:

Wigtown Golf Courses
Wigtown Area Golf Courses


The accommodations don’t look too bad:

The Open Book Apartment
The Open Book Apartment

It looks like a perfect adventure for your friendly neighborhood GolfBlogger. I have wanted to own a bookstore since I was a kid; I absolutely love the places. And if I visited during the summer, the long days would leave some time for local golf.

The Open Book Bookstore
The Open Book Bookstore
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