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The Christmas Day trials

21 December 2012

Christmas Day was like any other day for the prisoners in Inveraray Jail. There were no treats or presents – not even an extra spoon of porridge. Back then, it wasn’t even a holiday. In fact, over the years a number of trials were held in the Courtroom on 25 December. So while you’re tucking… Read More

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A haunting tale

26 October 2012

Icy drafts, strange sensations and things that go bump in the night. Inveraray Jail has a reputation as one of Scotland’s most spooky locations, with eerie sights and sounds appearing for visitors, staff and ghost hunters alike. But is it really haunted? One of the UK’s top paranormal investigators Mark Turner of Ghost Events certainly… Read More

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A prison for all

20 September 2012

Inveraray Jail is many things. There’s the old prison, the new prison, the courthouse, the airing yards, the exhibitions and the shop. Visitors can explore at their leisure, interact with costumed staff, sample punishments, witness early justice and generally marvel at history brought to life. But how do you get all of this across in… Read More

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Behind bars for busking

27 August 2012

Inveraray Jail had a celebrity prisoner last week, when BBC Alba’s Dè a-nis? presenter Derek MacIntosh was thrown in the cells. Thankfully, it was all in jest. The Gaelic-language children’s TV show was shooting film footage to use in its coverage of the Royal National Mod, which takes place this year in Dunoon from 12th… Read More

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The jail”s juvenile offenders

26 July 2012

School’s out and kids across the country are enjoying their freedom. Loads of them are heading to Inveraray Jail to experience what life was like behind bars. Of course, these children are always free to leave, not like the ones who were locked up in Inveraray Jail for real … Back in the 1800s, children… Read More

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Meet the model maker

21 June 2012

When you enter Inveraray Jail’s spectacular courtroom get ready to step back in time and become part of the sensational trials that took place here almost two centuries ago. Take your seat alongside the witnesses, listen to the court in action and feel the tension as the sentences are passed. The courtroom drama is played… Read More

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The great escapes

18 May 2012

Meet Andrew Boyd, one of the prison’s longest serving warders. You’ll know he’s coming by the jangle of his keys and the sound of his heavy boots ringing in the corridor. His job is to make sure that prisoners get fed, exercised, washed, educated and punished, but most of all he’s here to make sure… Read More

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Matron by day, Marilyn by night

20 April 2012

When you visit Inveraray Jail, watch out for Matron. She doesn’t stand for any nonsense. You’ll find her down in the prison, dressed head-to-toe in black, keeping everything in order. She’s stern, she’s scary, and she never, ever smiles. But by night Matron, or at least Hanna Nixon the actress who plays Matron, is something… Read More

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