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Inveraray Jail
Paying admission to get locked in a barren cell? At Inveraray Jail, it is worth it. The former prison turned museum manages to bridge the gap between tourist attraction and meaningful infotainment and delves into the darker parts of Scottish history. Small as it was, Inveraray was the seat of the Duke of Argyll and thus, the town came to be of central importance. The prison and the courthouse were opened in 1820 and prisoners from all over the area were brought here, not only men, but also women and children. Due to overcrowding, an additional building had to be constructed but the whole jail eventually shut down in 1889, when larger prisons in the bigger cities took over.

A visit to Inveraray Jail includes a tour through the different wings of the prison and even a trial lock-up in the cells and courtyard cage. Visitors can read stories about the inmates who were locked up in those cells, sit in the restored courtroom and listen to trials and meet the warden and prison guards, all dressed up in authentic period costumes. Coincidentally, Inveraray Jail is believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Scotland and has many ghost sightings to report.

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Inverary Jail is located in the small town of Inverary on the banks of Loch Fyne, about 90 kilometers north of Glasgow. The prison is open year round except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Opening hours in the summer months are from 9:30am to 6pm and from November till March from 10am to 5pm.
Address: Main Street, Inveraray, United Kingdom, Scotland
Hours: In the summer months, opening hours are from 9:30am to 6pm and from November till March from 10am to 5pm.
Admission: Adults £9.50, Children 5-16 £5.50, Children Under 5 are free
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Inveraray Jail Entrance Ticket

Explore one of the world’s most impressive jail and courtroom complexes with this Inveraray Jail entrance ticket. With commentary from your personal audio guide, walk through the jail complex at your own pace and gain insight into Scotland’s justice system over the centuries. Learn of the brutal forms of punishment used on criminals in centuries passed in the Torture, Death and Damnation exhibition. Read of courtroom trials from 150 years ago, visit the cells of the Old Prison and experience life behind bars in the Airing Yards.
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Glencoe, Inveraray and Luss

The journey to the Highlands starts with a trip crossing over into the River Clyde, before turning north towards the Trossachs National Park and then shortly arriving at Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. Here you will have time to explore the pretty village and enjoy the breath-taking views from the pier.There are plenty of more lochs and sights to be seen as we wind our way up to our next destination on the banks of Loch Fyne; Inveraray. This distinctive town was established at the tail end of the 18th Century. Enjoy a visit to the jail or the castle but remember to grab some lunch and enjoy the views of the Loch.From here we make our way towards Glencoe and as the roads twist and turn through the mountains which were formed millions of years ago by massive volcanic activity and devastating ice ages, leaving geographical marvels.Every tour has a dedicated live guide, who will give you an unforgettable experience on our executive vehicles with great features including WIFI.
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The Inveraray Shore Experience - Private day tour (1 to 8 People)

Journey through the Scottish countryside and discover our rugged glens, brilliant mountain scenery and historic Scottish castles. We will visit the famous Inveraray castle which is the seat of the Campbell clan, and then take a short walk over to the 19th century jail where you will experience what real life was like for real men, women and children who were tried and locked up.
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Shore Excursion - Greenock - Inveraray Castle and Loch Lomond (Full-Day)

Inveraray Castle and Loch Lomond are two of Scotland’s most photographed landmarks, and exploring on a private tour ensures the undivided attention of your guide. On this full-day shore excursion from Greenock, soak up the scenery in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, journey through Glen Croe along the famous ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ pass, then visit the magnificent Inveraray Castle.
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