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Inveraray Jail regularly held children, for today's kids it's a fun day out!
Inveraray Jail regularly held children, for today's kids it's a fun day out!
In 1843 the 'Airing Yards' were built giving a secure place where prisoners could be exercised.
In 1843 the 'Airing Yards' were built giving a secure place where prisoners could be exercised.
Female prisoners weighing more than 11 stones (without shoes) were entitled to more food.
Female prisoners weighing more than 11 stones (without shoes) were entitled to more food.
The Court House was used by the Circuit Court, Sheriff Court and Burgh Courts and also for local meetings.
Court House was used by the Circuit Court, Sheriff Court and Burgh Courts and also for local meetings.
Inveraray prison took prisoners of all ages and backgrounds.
Inveraray prison took prisoners of all ages and backgrounds.
Children were locked up for stealing and also birched.
Children were locked up for stealing and also birched.
Inveraray Jail overlooks Loch Fyne, Scotland's longest sea loch.
Inveraray Jail overlooks Loch Fyne, Scotland's longest sea loch.
An aerial view of Inveraray Jail.
An aerial view of Inveraray Jail.
You never know who you will meet at Inveraray Jail.
You never know who you will meet at Inveraray Jail.

One of Scotland's TOP Visitor Attractions: Inveraray Jail is a living museum where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. A top Scottish visitor attraction, you can choose to talk to the prisoners, meet the Warder, go to jail and witness cell life and even sample the punishments! You can also watch courtroom trials, browse the exhibition of prison artefacts, then make your escape.

 

The Alcatraz of Scotland: Prior to 1820 it was relatively easy to escape from Inveraray's Old Jail, in 1820 the new Jail was built to prevent this. Records shows the new jail had at least 4345 prisioners in the 69 years it was a prison and only 12 managed to escape and most of these were found. Sited on a promontory jutting out into Loch Fyne and surrounded by open countryside, the new Jail was not the easiest to escape from.

 

Hard Labour for all old and young: Inveraray Jail's Crank Machine, was a form of useless labour introduced to make prison life tougher for those on hard labour. The warder could make the task harder by tightening the screw, hence the slang word for the prison warder - 'Screw'. Both adults and children were regularly Birched.


Outside life was even tougher for many: Annabelle MacFarlane gave birth to her son in the Old Prison on 13th August 1846. She had been sentenced to 60 days in prison for stealing half a chest of tea. Annabelle had no home and it is believed she stole the tea to make sure she had a warm, safe place for the birth.

 

Non-discounted rates: Adults £10.95, Seniors £9.95, Children (5-16 years) £6.50, Students £9.55. Dogs FREE, Children under 5 FREE,

 

20% DISCOUNT on all of your tickets when you purchase them on the day of your visit or in advance. Just quote the discount code "TROSSACHS" at the ticket office and you will receive the 20% off. If you prefer to book your tickets in advance then go to the Inveraray Jail Website and enter the discount code TROSSACHS into the booking form below the total amount and the 20% discount will be applied on top of any other discount!


Inveraray Jail is Open All Year: April to October between 9.30am and 6pm. November to March between 10am and 5pm

  • Old Jail had just 8 cells. For men, women and kids, the convicted, unconvicted and the insane.
  • New Jail Escapes:
    Open for 69 years (1820-1889) it had 12 escapes.
  • Birch Whipper:
    Was paid 2s 6d per offender.
  • Children's Birchings:
    The Governor and Surgeon must both be present. Under 14's 14 whips or less. Over 14's 36 whips or less.
  • Porridge for breakfast and dinner and Lunch was a watery soup and bread.
  • Gaelic speakers only:
    Many prisoners needed interpretors at their trials.
Get 20% off tickets to Inveraray Jail-just quote TROSSACHS when you purchase on the day

 

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Phone Inveraray Jail on 01499 302381.

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