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Behind bars for busking

Inveraray Jail had a celebrity prisoner last week, when BBC Alba’s Dè a-nis? presenter Derek MacIntosh was thrown in the cells. Thankfully, it was all in jest. The Gaelic-language children’s TV show was shooting film footage to use in its coverage of the Royal National Mod, which takes place this year...

Posted on 27 Aug 2012

The jail”s juvenile offenders

Get locked up in Inveraray Jail School’s out and kids across the country are enjoying their freedom. Loads of them are heading to Inveraray Jail to experience what life was like behind bars. Of course, these children are always free to leave, not like the ones who were locked up in Inveraray Jail for real...

Posted on 26 Jul 2012

Meet the model maker

When you enter Inveraray Jail’s spectacular courtroom get ready to step back in time and become part of the sensational trials that took place here almost two centuries ago. Take your seat alongside the witnesses, listen to the court in action and feel the tension as the sentences are passed. The Circuit Court in...

Posted on 21 Jun 2012

The great escapes

Actor Rob Irons playing the Warder, Andrew Boyd. Meet Andrew Boyd, one of the prison’s longest serving warders. You’ll know he’s coming by the jangle of his keys and the sound of his heavy boots ringing in the corridor. His job is to make sure that prisoners get fed, exercised, washed, educated and...

Posted on 18 May 2012

Matron by day, Marilyn by night

Hanna as Matron When you visit Inveraray Jail, watch out for Matron. She doesn’t stand for any nonsense. You’ll find her down in the prison, dressed head-to-toe in black, keeping everything in order. She’s stern, she’s scary, and she never, ever smiles. But by night Matron, or at least Hanna...

Posted on 20 Apr 2012

Inveraray Jail Break Run 2011

Race Report 2011 Ready to go! The Third Inveraray Jail Break run did not enjoy the blue skies of previous years but nonetheless records were smashed as a field of 36 took on the challenge of Dun Na Cuiche. After torrential rain the day before runners were warned of slippery conditions on the route with loose...

Posted on 11 May 2011

Refurbishment Closes Inveraray Jail for First Time in 21 Years

From Tuesday 4th to Saturday 15th January 2011, the Jail will close its doors to the public as improvements are made to the building. This will be the first time the 19th century courthouse and prison has closed for more than one day since it re-opened as a visitor attraction 21 years ago in 1989. The renovation...

Posted on 20 Dec 2010

Showtime for Burke and Hare at Inveraray Jail

The life and death masks of famous 19th century serial killers, William Burke & William Hare, are now on show at Scotland’s spookiest prison Inveraray Jail, in time for Halloween weekend. The two plaster head masks, along with a hangman’s noose, were discovered at the jail last year following the...

Posted on 28 Oct 2010

Inveraray Jail Prison Records Go Digital for Education

Records holding details of over 4000 prisoners who served sentences at Inveraray Jail between 1820 and 1890 have become available in a child friendly digital format for use in primary education. From slate board to ipad! Ictopus, a free web based information communications technology (ICT) support service for...

Posted on 24 Sep 2010

Loved Up Visitors Reveal Partner is First Choice Cellmate

An on-going visitor poll at the Jail, has estimated that the majority of its visitors over the last 18 months would most like to share a cell with their spouse or partner. Marilyn & Billy in Inveraray! See below! The poll gives visitors to the 19th century courthouse and living prison in Argyll the opportunity...

Posted on 13 Aug 2010

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