Flags Flags Flags Flags Flags
OpenAll Year
April to October
9.30am - 6.00pm
November to March
10.00am - 5.00pm
Last Entry 1 Hour Before Closing!


A ghostly lock-in for charity

19 December 2014

Inveraray Jail has a reputation as one of Scotland’s most haunted locations. Staff and visitors alike have reported feeling icy drafts, hearing eerie footsteps and experiencing strange sensations. So imagine how scary it would be to spend a night locked up in the dark, cold cells with the jail’s spirits, spooks and spectres for company…. Read More

Read More

Cracking presents for tough Christmas nuts

28 November 2014

We all have them: people who are nearly impossible to buy Christmas presents for. You know who the tough ones on your list are: the teenage niece, the dad who doesn’t do Christmas, the friend who’s got everything. And then there’s the dreaded Secret Santa…  But never fear, this year Inveraray Jail’s shop manager Marion… Read More

Read More

Women”s work

28 October 2014

The Old Prison was a tough place for female prisoners. They had to share filthy, damp and overcrowded cells with men. Originally there was no water closet or washroom, and there would have been very little security or privacy. On top of that, all the prison staff were men. The situation all changed after the… Read More

Read More

Scotland’s prison reform visionary

25 September 2014

Cold, damp and dark: life in Inveraray Jail’s Old Prison was full of hardship. It was also very boring. There was no place to exercise and no work or education was provided. Time must have dragged for those poor souls who found themselves locked up in the early 1800s. Fast forward 50 years and things… Read More

Read More

An inspector calls

27 August 2014

The first half of the 19th century – the period which saw the initial construction and further development of Inveraray Jail – was also a time of prison reform in Britain. The idea of simply removing criminals from society before releasing them, often hardened, embittered or otherwise adversely affected by their experience in jail, began… Read More

Read More

The Vikings are coming!

25 July 2014 Viking1

The prisoners are a bit jittery. The word in the cells is that a hoard of Vikings is rampaging up Loch Fyne intent on raiding Inveraray. Rumour has it that they plan to loot, pillage and party like it’s 1093! It’s all part of the Loch Fyne Viking Festival which starts today (Wednesday 25th). This… Read More

Read More

Commonwealth Games fever at the jail

15 July 2014 Baton-blog-2

The appeal of Inveraray Jail may lie in its special ability to connect us with the past, but that doesn’t mean the present isn’t a welcome visitor to our wonderful loch-side location now and again. And what could be more current than a visit from the Commonwealth Games? Granted, it might not have been Mo… Read More

Read More

The fall and rise of Inveraray Jail

26 May 2014

Inveraray Jail opened to the public exactly 25 years ago this month. And in that quarter century it has become one of Scotland’s leading tourist attractions, offering a unique insight into crime and punishment in 19th-century Scotland. But how did the prison, which ceased to operate in 1889, survive intact for so long until its… Read More

Read More

The Guv”nors

25 April 2014

When we think of a prison today we think of a large institution operating as part of a national prison service, funded by central Government and staffed by a range of well-trained professionals. Things were very different in the 19th century. Can you imagine that for much of its existence Inveraray Jail would have been… Read More

Read More

The problem with prisoners

21 March 2014

When it comes to crime and punishment some things never change. Most criminals who are sent to prison accept their punishment and serve their time with a view to getting released at the earliest opportunity. Then there are the troublemakers. As it is today, so it was in the 19th century, and the records at… Read More

Read More

Upcoming Events at Callendar Square

Don't forget to check out our upcoming events page to keep your diary up to date with all the latest goings on at Callendar Square! You wont want to miss out!

Need Help with Directions?

Trying to locate a specific store? Then our store listing is exaclty what you need to help you navigate around Callendar Square.
Inveraray Jail, Argyll, Scotland, PA32 8TX