One year in Logie Bookshop

As we celebrate a year of Jan and Stuart owning the Logie Bookshop, they share a brief history of the business from its inception in 1999 and how they are making their mark.

The History

Pierce (Roche), the founder of Logie Bookshop, first came to Logie Steading in 1999 and immediately thought what a fantastic location it could be for a second-hand bookshop. The other businesses already made an interesting collection to entice visitors and he felt that a bookshop could fit in well. The business was originally named “Pagoda Books” and had as its motif the pagoda shape that was invented by a local architect called Charles Doug and much used as a ventilator on Speyside distilleries. The shop was smaller to begin with and was located behind the current one. It opened for business in Spring 1999.

The shop moved to the current premises when they became available around 2000 and was filled with handmade bespoke bookcases in pine. For a long time afterwards, customers would savour the smell of pine along with books - a unique and delectable mix to many.

Pierce set out to have the best collection of whisky books as well as an extensive collection of Scottish books and true antiquarian books. With room for 20,000 he was able to indulge in buying stock from near and far to fill the shelves with an extensive range of subjects.

Pierce ran the shop for six years before retiring and it was taken over by Helen Trussell, a familiar face to many at Logie Steading. She too ran the shop until her own retirement in 2017. During this time Helen saw many changes at the Steading including, in 2012, the move of the Café to its current location from where the Gallery can be found today. 

In 2017 Logie Bookshop was taken on by Ruth (who had previously worked for Helen) and her partner Annie. They brought a splash of colour to the shop and, along with their sprocker Gus, became part of the Logie family. They steered the shop through the challenging ‘Covid’ years and out the other side before deciding to retire to spend more time doing the things they love which include rowing, wild swimming and going for country walks with the ever faithful Gus.

The last 12 months and beyond

This brings us to 2022 when myself, Jan, and partner Stuart took the Bookshop on. I had previously worked in the shop part time for 5 years, as well as in the Logie Art Gallery, so am already a well known face at the Steading. Our aim is to continue the good work of all our predecessors during our custodianship of this well loved shop.

Since taking the shop on, we have begun to introduce a range of new books, mostly with a local/Scottish theme, along with a range of splendid new books for children. We also have a section to promote local authors and will be hosting events including book signings and author talks/readings and hopefully some storytelling events for children. For example, we recently welcomed A G Rivett, author of The Isle Fincara Trilogy, to the Bookshop. He gave a wonderful reading of his eagerly anticipated second book of the series due out later in 2023.

We have expanded the range of gifts available in the shop with more beautiful notebooks, journals and bookmarks including fabulous designs from the Museums & Galleries collection, greetings cards with vintage book cover/bookshelf designs from the Bodleian Library plus a small range of high quality jigsaws and games for children and adults.

Our first year has flown by and we have been busy making some minor changes to the layout of the shop. We are building a wonderful team of staff who all bring different skills and much enthusiasm so hopefully the shop will continue to go from strength to strength. We are greatly appreciative of all our customers and their supportive comments and valued custom. Thank you all for supporting the local businesses here at Logie Steading.

Interested in getting involved?

If you are a budding book enthusiast, writer or poet and would be interested in sharing your work, passion or project with us – please do get in touch. Please email: 

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One year in Logie Bookshop

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.