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10 things to definitely do when you visit Inveraray Jail

There’s so much to see and do at Inveraray Jail. Visitors can explore at their leisure, interact with costumed staff, sample punishments, witness early justice and see history brought to life. There’s the old prison, the new prison, the courthouse, the airing yards, the exhibitions and the shop. So where to...

Posted on 01 Mar 2016

Inveraray Jail – built to last

2016 is the Visit Scotland Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, celebrating the nation’s buildings. Inveraray Jail has endured harsh west coast weather and seen hundreds of thousands of people pass through its doors since it was built almost 200 years ago, yet it still stands strong. This historic...

Posted on 26 Jan 2016

Your Christmas shopping sorted at Inveraray Jail

It’s that time of year again: you’re dusting down the Christmas decorations, thinking about baking mince pies and wondering how you’re going to find that elusive, perfect gift for each friend and family member on your Christmas list. We can’t help you with the first two, but we can certainly...

Posted on 07 Dec 2015

Eerie encounters at Inveraray Jail

It’s over 100 years since Inveraray Jail was used to lock up criminals, but it seems that some of the inmates have refused to leave. Icy drafts, footsteps and ghostly apparitions: visitors and staff alike have reported all sorts of strange sightings and paranormal activity over the years. So much so, that Inveraray...

Posted on 28 Oct 2015

Descendants of Andrew Boyd pay a visit

You’ll never guess who came to see us at Inveraray Jail the other week. Tom Letham, the great great grandson of Andrew Boyd, one of the jail’s longest-serving Prison Warders. As far as we’re concerned it was better than a visit from royalty! It was great to meet Tom and his family and they supplied us...

Posted on 18 Sep 2015

Things to do in Inveraray on a rainy day

The sun doesn’t always shine on the west coast of Scotland and this summer’s been a particularly wet one! But don’t let that stop you from getting out and about. There are loads of great things to do in Inveraray on a rainy day. Visit Inveraray Castle The iconic Inveraray Castle is the ancestral...

Posted on 10 Aug 2015

Top places to eat and drink in Inveraray

For the prisoners of Inveraray Jail food was basic and boring. The menu consisted of porridge for breakfast, broth and bread or potatoes with milk and bread for dinner, and porridge or potatoes and milk for supper. It might have filled them up but it certainly wasn’t fine dining! But when you visit Inveraray,...

Posted on 14 Jul 2015

Three things to do in Inveraray this July

The school holidays are nearly upon us. A visit to Inveraray Jail is a great thing to do with the kids this summer – come rain or shine! And while you’re here, why not check out the other brilliant things on offer in Inveraray, from outdoor activities to visitor attractions? Here are our top three suggestions...

Posted on 25 Jun 2015

New audio guides

Our all-new audio guides were introduced this month and they’re going down a storm with our visitors. The feedback we’re getting is that the guides really enhance the visitor experience, adding another layer of drama to the story of the jail. The guides haven’t replaced our costumed characters,...

Posted on 15 Jun 2015

Top things to do in and around Inveraray this spring

Frühling, printemps, primavera, the season of spring sounds good in any language and it generally makes us feel pretty good too! So why not embrace that feeling and come and explore the wonderful and varied attractions of Inveraray and its environs? The weather is often lovely, the spring flowers are in bloom and...

Posted on 26 Mar 2015

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