Loved Up Visitors Reveal Spouse is First Choice Cellmate

An on-going visitor poll, by popular tourist attraction Inveraray 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. 

The casual poll gives visitors to the 19th century courthouse and living prison in Argyll the opportunity to reveal who they would most like to share a prison cell with and who they would most like to see locked up. 

Whilst a partner or spouse was on top of the visitor’s cellmate wish list, following second was Scots comedian Billy Connolly, third place Brad Pitt and fourth place George Clooney. UK glamour model Katie Price rated fifth on the wish list whilst at the same time rating fourth in who they would like to see locked up.  Top on the “Lock Up” list was former PM Gordon Brown followed by second place Tony Blair, third place Sir Fred Goodwin of the Royal Bank of Scotland and “a relative” came in fifth place.

Other names contributed to the cellmate wish list included Marilyn Monroe, Zac Efron, Lady GaGa and Cheryl Cole as well as comedians Russell Brand, Lee Evans and Michael Macintyre.  More recently, the “Go Compare” man, from the insurance comparison website‘s TV advertisement, is a popular suggestion amongst those on the Lock Up list.

Gavin Dick, Prison Governor at Inveraray Jail said: “Our visitors always have great fun filling in the questionnaire. The results every month tend to reflect the range of age groups that come here every year, from children to grandparents, as well as what is going on in the current climate.   Plus, we are delighted to see a spouse or partner at the top of the list.  Perhaps it is the romantic effect a holiday in Argyll has!”

Entries where taken from some of the over 100,000 visitors to the Jail in the last 18 months.  The visitor questionnaires give visitors the opportunity to name anyone they wish and are available at the end of their visit in the kitchen at the jail.

Inveraray Jail was once the courthouse and prison serving Argyll.  Real life warders, matrons and prisoners bring the 19th century prison alive.  Visitors can try out prison beds and hammocks in the old and new prisons, sit in on a trial in the spectacular courtroom, sample the brutal 19th century prison punishments and search through prison records for their naughty ancestors.  The privately run attraction is open all year round.  For more information on Inveraray Jail please visit the jail website on or call 01499 302381. 


For more information please contact:

Pauline Foster

PR Account Manager – Inveraray Jail

Pure Shores PR – Oban

+ 44 (0)1631 569 651

+ 44 (0)7791573247

Note to Picture Editors:

  • Image caption:  Two guides from Inveraray Jail, who have an uncanny resemblance to Marilyn Monroe & Billy Connolly, pose in their prison cell as two of the celebrities named amongst visitor’s top choice cellmate. (29 year old Hanna Nixon from Inveraray and 54 year old Kenny MacKay from Cairndow).

Notes to Editors:

  • Inveraray Jail is a superb visitor attraction with interest and excitement for all ages.  Visitors can tour at their own leisure.  There are also great family deals and concessions for seniors and groups.
  • The Royal Burgh of Inveraray lies on the beautiful banks of Loch Fyne in Argyll.  From Glasgow take the A82 North along Loch Lomond to Tarbert and then take the A83 round the head of Loch Fyne to Inveraray. Allow one and a half hours. 



Contact: Pauline Foster
Phone: 01631 569 651