Join the Scottish Ghost Nights team as they explore the spooky goings on at Stirling Old Town Jail after dark. With a reputation as one of the grimmest prisons in Scotland it could make for an interesting night! If other jails of this age are anything to go by this will be an extremely haunted location!
Opened in 1847 to replace Stirling’s Tolbooth Gaol – condemned as ‘The Worst Jail in Britain’ only a few years before Stirling’s New County Jail is better known to modern visitors as the OLD TOWN JAIL.
Designed by architect Thomas Brown, the New County Jail was built according to the ‘Separate System’ devised by William Brebner. Prisoners were kept separate at all times, to encourage repentance and hard work – free from distractions and bad influences. Paid work, food and education were available to those willing to work, providing convicts with the skills to lead honest, productive lives on their release. In 1888 the New County Jail was requisitioned by the War Office and became the Military Detention Barracks for the Scottish regiments. In September 1935 the Barracks were decommissioned. It’s staff and inmates left their mark on the Jail – much of the graffiti on the cell doors was scratched there by squaddies!
Used briefly as an the HQ of Stirling’s Civil Defence Volunteers – ‘Dad’s Army’ – during World War 2, and as a storage depot for the Caledonian Confectionary Company in the ‘50s, the Jail soon fell into disrepair and dereliction. In the 1990s the middle floors were restored for use as office-space, and other cells became Stirling’s first Five-Star Visitor Attraction- open from 1996 until 2012. In 2015, the combined efforts of Destination Stirling, Creative Stirling, Stirling Council, Forth Valley Enterprises, Stirling Electrical, and David Kinnaird of the Stirling Ghost Walk, succeeded in re-opening the Old Town Jail and telling its story.
Ghost hunting at the Stirling Old Town Jail
Your night includes a tour of the location, exclusive late night access, a ghost hunt workshop and vigils with our expert investigators.
Saturday 6th April 2019
10pm to 3am
(No alcohol , pregnant ladies, Over 18s only)
This venue is not suitable for wheelchair users