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Nine ways that prison reform improved life in Inveraray Jail

21 September 2016

Life in Inveraray Jail’s Old Prison was full of hardship. Men, women, children and the insane all had to share filthy, overcrowded cells. It was cold, damp and dark, with disease, violence and hunger rife. How time must have dragged! There was no place to exercise and no work or education was provided. This all changed… Read More

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The jail’s juvenile prisoner

01 August 2016

It’s the holidays and school children across the country are enjoying their freedom. It’s been great to see so many kids here at Inveraray Jail this summer finding out what life was like in a Victorian prison. They’ll have met Kaitlyn Kirkhope, our youngest member of staff, who plays Jessie Lamont one of the jail’s… Read More

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Torture, death and damnation at Inveraray Jail!

26 May 2016

Life in Inveraray Jail was pretty unpleasant for the prisoners but it was nothing compared to the punishment meted out to villains before the Victorians. Three hundred years ago, in the days before county courts and prisons, very few people went to prison. Those convicted of murder or serious theft were hanged. For other crimes,… Read More

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Three characters you might meet on a visit to Inveraray Jail

28 April 2016

As you explore Inveraray Jail, you’ll meet some of its past inhabitants along the way.  Costumed characters, based on actual prisoner records, roam the historic building and animate the past with their stories. They’re always happy to talk! Here are three of the jail’s characters that you’re most likely to bump into! Warder Andrew Boyd… Read More

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Five things to do in Inveraray this spring!

30 March 2016

The sun is shining, the loch is sparkling and the daffodils are in bloom. Spring has arrived and Inveraray is looking glorious! It’s a great time of year to visit us. Here are five great things to do in and around Inveraray this springtime. Visit Inveraray Castle & Garden during the month of May and… Read More

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10 things to definitely do when you visit Inveraray Jail

01 March 2016

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 start?  Here are the 10 things that should be top of your list… Read More

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Inveraray Jail – built to last

26 January 2016

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 building also tells the story of… Read More

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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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Things to do in Inveraray on a rainy day

10 August 2015

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 home… Read More

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