HMP Inverness

Inverness Prison

Tel: 01463 229000Duffy Drive, Inverness, Highland IV2 3HH

HMP Inverness is a fairly small prison, with a capacity of just 98; though this is generally exceeded. It serves the courts in the Highlands, the Islands and Moray, and holds both adult and young offenders (both males and females). The current prison building opened in 1902, with only 35 inmates in total. Since then, the establishment has been refurbished and extended. If you’re planning on visiting HMP Inverness and would like to know how to get there, please view the map on this page.

Tel: 01463 229000

Operational capacity: 98

Duffy Drive, Inverness, Highland IV2 3HH


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HMP Inverness is a prison in the Crown area of Inverness, Highland. Opened in 1902, the prison has capacity to hold 103 inmates, which has been deemed insufficient and is generally exceeded. The prison serves the courts of the Highlands, Islands and Moray.

The accommodation areas within the confines of the original walls have changed internally over the past 100 years although their facades have remained the same. A number of extensions and additional buildings have been incrementally added to cope with rising and changing demands.  Examples include the new gate complex, the workshops and laundry. Other areas, such as facilities for healthcare and catering, have been modernised over time. In addition to the two main accommodation halls, there are three smaller wings and a small unit for women prisoners.

In May 2017, it was found that prison officer John Wallace had smuggled a batch of mobile phones and cannabis into the establishment by throwing socks filled with the contraband over the walls. He was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

To view the latest HMIP inspection report, click here.

Visiting hours are many. For more information, click here, then see Visiting Times on the right side of the page.

  • A man accused of attempting to murder 11 people at a remote Highland holiday home started a fire after opening gas valves on a cooker.

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  • HMP Highlands, as it will be called, is being planned to be built to replace Inverness prison.

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  • The prison is often called ‘Porterfield Prison’.

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  • Due to its location, the prison takes in a broad mix of people from both urban and rural communities.

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  • Before it was moved, HMP Inverness was situated at Inverness Castle.

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