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Four things to do in Inveraray this autumn

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to visit Inveraray and the surrounding area. The weather can be glorious, our forests are ablaze with colour and with fewer leaves on the trees and less vegetation on the ground, wildlife can be easier to spot. What’s more, many of the town’s visitor attractions are open and… Read More

Posted on: 26 September 2016

Nine ways that prison reform improved life in Inveraray Jail

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

Posted on: 21 September 2016

The jail’s juvenile prisoner

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

Posted on: 01 August 2016

Ten things you might not know about Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail has a fascinating past and there are so many great stories to tell about its inhabitants. As you explore the buildings, including the old prison, the new prison, the courthouse and the airing yards, the exhibitions, actors and audio guides will bring the jail’s history and people to life. You’ll be amazed at… Read More

Posted on: 29 June 2016

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

Inveraray Jail, Argyll, Scotland, PA32 8TX