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Dream Bookish Destinations (#2) – Scotland’s National Booktown

Welcome to Dream Bookish Destinations. This is a feature in which I lust over Bookish Destinations across the world. On top of my love for books I love architecture and design so please don’t be surprised if I start blabbering about the actual buildings in this feature as I probably will do that! 
What is it? Scotland’s National Booktown

Where is it? Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

History: In 1998 Wigtown was declared Scotland’s National Booktown. This was because many of the local shops were closing down and the idea for a national book town was a bid to regenerate the area. Much like Hay on the Wye (where Hay festival is located) Wigtown has its own literary festival. Wigtown has over 20 book-related businesses including bookshops and publishers. The demand to own a bookshop in Wigtown is now that high that there are bookshops in surrounding villages, in industrial units, and in people’s homes.

Why I want to go there: There’s a huge chance that Hay will be included in this feature at a later date and the reasons for me wanting to go are very similar… However Wigtown is in a way more special than Hay because it was planned. The council knew the area needed to be regenerated and they chose to fund a book town.. they must have had some confidence in books to do this if you think about it! Also… I have grown up in the north of England. I love it but yet I have never been to Scotland… even though its like there *points* (I’m not actually that close but nevermind!) So yeah. Wigtown’s festival is a week at the end of September and its definitely on my list of places I want to go next year!

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