Independent shops, Record shops
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Missing Records247 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL
Loved and revered in Glasgow, the Missing enterprise used to be a bit more of a chain, but everything's now concentrated on this one hub near the Arches (with a wee sister out in Paisley). Still got a brilliant selection of secondhand music and films…
Monorail12 Kings Court, King Street, Glasgow, G1 5RB
Don't mistake the slender couple of shelves in the back room of vegan venue Mono for a lightweight enterprise. Owner and muso Stephen Pastel has been setting Glasgow's hipster pulse from here for years.
One Up Records17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JR
A record shop of the old school, One Up is run by music lovers for music lovers. The only independent record store in Aberdeen is stacked with CDs, posters, and signed memorabilia. Boxed sets are a speciality while downstairs is a den of vinyl and…
The Record Shak69 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG
Simple, basic and excellent wee record shop with absolutely no attitude, selling a great selection of blues, rock, folk, reggae and jazz, mostly second hand. Will occasionally buy records too.
Avalanche5 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HY
Tiny, near-legendary record shop specialising in new and used indie and alternative vinyl and CDs. An essential part of the Edinburgh muso experience, with a great selection of local acts - Postcard Records, in particular, are brilliantly represented.
Elvis Shakespeare347 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8SD
As the name bringing together two of the world's great icons suggests, this much loved Leith Walk institution treats music and literature as equals. Something for everyone, from country music to literary criticism, and Irish poetry to metal. Prices…
Hog's Head Music62 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PS
Muso paradise indeed. This grungy second-hand store is full of rare CDs and DVDs, collectable box sets and T-shirts. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the windows are crammed with rarities, and there's a great trade-in policy.
Rubadub Records35 Howard Street, Glasgow, G1 4BA
Specialist record shops can often be intimidating places, so it's refreshing - in fact, it's absolutely brilliant - to wander into Rubadub and be catered to by some of the friendliest staff around. That's not to say that they don't know their stuff…
Alba Second-Hand Music55 Otago Street, Glasgow, G12 8PQ
Sturdy, long-running store handily situated for the College of Piping, dealing in printed music for most instruments, ensembles and orchestras.
Coda Music12 Bank Street, On the Mound, Edinburgh, EH1 2LN
Handily situated right in the middle of tourist heaven on the crest of the Mound, this tiny store lays claim to the biggest selection of folk and traditional music in Scotland. Hoots!
Hilary's Bazaar297 Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8BD
This incense-scented store scattered with ethnic statues, rare world dance CDs and beautiful, fairly-traded accessories, has been running for many years now and has long been a haunt of the city's alternative lifestyle practitioners, and eco-aware…
LostChord11 Park Road, Kelvinbridge, Glasgow, G4 9JD
Glasgow's oldest second hand record shop. LPs 12" and 7" – we got them all, and cheap! Also loads of DVDs, cassettes, videos and CDs.
LOVEmusic34 Dundas Street, Glasgow, G1 2AQ
Near-legendary record shop specialising in new and used indie and alternative vinyl and CDs. An essential part of the Glasgow muso experience, with a great selection of local acts. They specialise in indie, rock, punk and americana, but are good for 60s…
McAlister Matheson Music1 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AT
This friendly city centre record shop may have grown into Scotland's largest independent classical CD specialist, but there's still a homespun touch to proceedings. All the staff are trained classical musicians themselves, knowledgeable and passionate…
Play It Again* Records47 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG
Play it Again* Records are pretty keen on avoiding the corporate trappings of logos, mottos and mantras (but insist on keeping the asterisk). They sell and buy old records, CDs & DVDs that are in decent condition and fairly priced. Nothing will ever…
Underground Solu'shn9 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP
Keeping Cockburn Street's bass a-thumping, this hip wee store peddles electronica to most of the city's serious DJs. Also great on off-beat gifts. For DJs. That's okay. DJs need gifts too.
Vinyl Villains5 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
Continuing the city's proud tradition of record shops with alliterative names, this dark, brilliant and slightly haphazard collection of second hand vinyl and CDs was recently namechecked in Sunshine on Leith, the Proclaimers musical. Staff are famously…
VoxBox Music21 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AN
Opened in May 2011, this carefully curated record shop aims for a boutique feel, with a selection focused mainly on rock, jazz, blues and indie LPs and singles, almost all pre-owned vinyl, with some CDs and books. Future plans include branching into new…