Inveraray Jail

An Argyll visitor attraction will tomorrow begin its search for budding actors as the Inveraray Jail School Competition gets underway.

The prison matron and one of the jail’s prisoners will escape for five days across the next two weeks to embark on an exciting school roadshow.  The two jail guides, who will also be judging the competition, are searching for six lucky pupils who will win the chance to play the part of a child prisoner for one afternoon this summer at the popular visitor attraction and museum, Inveraray Jail. 

Participating pupils have been rehearsing monologues for the past few weeks which they will perform in front of the Inveraray Jail judges.  Pupils have the choice to audition as 11 year old Duncan McColl, who is facing the judges for stealing an apple from a market stall, or as a 10 year old girl and prisoner describing her experiences of being refined to a dark, damp and cold prison cell.  

11 schools across Argyll are taking part including Ardrishaig Primary, Kilcreggan Primary (Dunbartonshire), Drumlemble and Castlehill Primary (Campbeltown), Strachur Primary, Dunoon Primary, Furnace & Minard Primary (by Inveraray), Ashfield (Achnamara), Lochnell Primary (Connel) and Kilchrenan Primary (Taynuilt).  Over 130 pupils are expected to audition. 

Before the auditions, the prison matron and her prisoner will perform a sketch for the school pupils, giving an insight into a typical day in the life of a 19th century prisoner. 

As well as a fun acting role in the summer, the six winners will also win Inveraray Jail goodies for their class.  Winners will be announced Monday 7th June. 

Gavin Dick, Prison Governor for Inveraray Jail said: “We are excited to be working with local schools.  It will be a really fun way for pupils to learn more about their local history.  Children as young as seven served sentences at Inveraray Jail in the 19th century for being naughty, so pupils will need to be on best behaviour!”

He added:  “We would like to wish all the pupils who are auditioning the very best of luck and we look forward to welcoming our winners to the jail this summer.”

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

Notes to Editors:

  • Winners will be announced on Monday 7th June.
  • To attend and photograph the Inveraray Jail school visits please contact Pauline Foster as above for dates, times and to arrange attendance. 
  • 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