Prison Visits

There is no standard procedure in Scottish prisons for visiting, and each prison can operate differently. For information about prison visiting times please visiting the Scottish Prison Service website or contact the prison establishment directly:

Phone Numbers for Scottish Prisons

HMP Addiewell 01506 74500
HMP Barlinnie 0141 770 2000
HMP Cornton Vale 01786 832591
HMP Dumfries 01387 261218
HMP Edinburgh 0131 444 3000
HMP Glenochil 01259 760471
HMP Grampian 01779 485640
HMP Greenock 01475 787801
HMP Inverness 01463 229000
HMP Kilmarnock 01563 548800
HMP Low Moss 0141 762 9500
HMP Open Estate 01382 319333
HMP Perth 01738 622293
HM YOI Polmont 01324 722299
HMP Shotts 01501 824000

We know that visiting a loved one in prison can be a uneasy experience and that families may have a number of questions about the visiting process:

  • How are visits arranged?
  • How do I get to the prison?
  • Do I need to take any form of identification with me?
  • What time do I need to be there?
  • How many people can visit at one time?
  • What will I need to take with me?

These are just some of the questions you may have.

The Support and Information Helpline can provide answers to these questions as well as other concerns. Additionally, for a quick reference guide on prison visits please read our information sheets on:


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