Join the Scottish Ghost Nights crew at Inveraray Jail which is one of the most fabulous haunted locations in the Highlands off the West Coast of Scotland
Inveraray Jail has a dark history of misery with adults and children held here in terrible conditions. Visitors to the jail have reported being pushed, scratched and feeling unwell to the point of sudden collapse. There have been sounds of ghostly footsteps, cell doors slamming and the clink of keys. We have access to the old and new prison plus the courthouse. Will you be brave enough to go it alone in Cell 10 where previous visitors have been told to ‘open the door and go’? Will you see the ghostly apparition of a prison guard who is said to walk the landings?
Inveraray, the seat of the Duke of Argyll, was for many centuries the principal county town of Argyll. Due to the previous prison having too many escapees – a new Jail and Courthouse opened in 1820 and remained unchanged until 1843 when the Airing Yards were built. These were to provide a secure place where prisoners could be exercised in the open air.
In 1848 the New Prison, or Men’s Prison, was completed. This was a model prison for its day with twelve individual cells, a water closet on every floor, accommodation for warders, a store room and indoor exercise gallery. It was also well heated and lit by gas, a far cry from the dark and damp original prison building.
The Jail finally closed on the 30th of August 1889 due to the high expense of running the jail compared to the larger city jails. The rarely used courthouse and prisons fell into disrepair. Fortunately, their significance as the finest 19th century county courthouse and prison in Scotland was recognised. An extensive restoration was undertaken by the Scottish Office and in May 1989, almost a hundred years exactly after the last prisoners departed, Inveraray Jail opened to the public.
Saturday 9th September 2017
9pm to 2am
(Over 18s only, not suitable for those with mobility problems)
Inveraray Jail, Argyll, Scotland, PA32 8TX