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Your Christmas shopping sorted at Inveraray Jail

07 December 2015

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 solve the third. Inveraray Jail’s… Read More

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Eerie encounters at Inveraray Jail

28 October 2015

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 Jail is… Read More

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Top things to do in and around Inveraray this spring

26 March 2015

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 many of… Read More

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The new town of Inveraray

22 February 2015

Before arriving at Inveraray Jail, visitors can hardly fail to notice how well laid out and uniform much of the town appears to be. This is no accident, or perhaps it is; a historical one. For had it not been for the vision, some might say vanity, of one man, Inveraray would most likely still… Read More

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Food, glorious food!

26 January 2015

Scotland is famous for its fabulous food and drink. People from all over the world come here to sample the freshest seafood, enjoy the tastiest lamb, beef and game and sip the finest whisky. In fact, 2015 is the ‘Scottish Year of Food and Drink’, when people around the country are celebrating all that’s great… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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