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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… Read More

Posted on: 25 June 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, because we know that people, especially children,… Read More

Posted on: 15 June 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 many of… Read More

Posted on: 26 March 2015

The new town of Inveraray

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

Posted on: 22 February 2015

Food, glorious food!

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

Posted on: 26 January 2015

A ghostly lock-in for charity

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

Posted on: 19 December 2014

Cracking presents for tough Christmas nuts

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

Posted on: 28 November 2014

Women”s work

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

Posted on: 28 October 2014

Scotland’s prison reform visionary

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

Posted on: 25 September 2014

An inspector calls

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

Posted on: 27 August 2014

Inveraray Jail, Argyll, Scotland, PA32 8TX