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Torture, death and damnation at Inveraray Jail!

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

Posted on: 26 May 2016

Three characters you might meet on a visit to Inveraray Jail

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

Posted on: 28 April 2016

Five things to do in Inveraray this spring!

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

Posted on: 30 March 2016

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

Posted on: 01 March 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 building also tells the story of… Read More

Posted on: 26 January 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 solve the third. Inveraray Jail’s… Read More

Posted on: 07 December 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 Jail is… Read More

Posted on: 28 October 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… Read More

Posted on: 18 September 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 home… Read More

Posted on: 10 August 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, you’ll… Read More

Posted on: 14 July 2015

Inveraray Jail, Argyll, Scotland, PA32 8TX