Inveraray Jail has a rich history behind it. Since its opening to the public as a living museum in 1989, visitors can step back in time to see for themselves the impressive courthouse where actual court cases are re-enacted from historical records.
They can also share in the courtroom drama with accurate models dressed in authentic costumes sitting lifelike on the court’s public and jury benches, and, of course, the Judge himself.
It’s the next best thing to time travel!
You can also explore the old prison, the new prison, and get locked up in the rebuilt Airing Yards. Find out about jail history, discover your roots in our prison records, and learn about life in jail and the infamous prison escapes.
Over the years, the jail has earned a reputation as one of Scotland’s most haunted locations, with eerie sights and sounds appearing for visitors, staff and ghost hunters alike.
There have been numerous reports of paranormal activity at Inveraray Jail. These include:
* The presence of an aggressive guard in the exercise room of the prison building.
* The sound of tapping on metal bars.
* Great feelings of sadness when entering the old prison building.
* Unexplained temperature fluctuations.