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HMP INVERNESS (Porterfield) Visiting Information

HMP INVERNESS (Porterfield)

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Booking Procedure

Prisoner books a visit then informs his visitors

Min Age Unaccompanied

Awaiting information

Search Procedure

Rub down, metal detectors, passive drugs dogs

Visitors 1st Visit ID

Photo ID (Passport/Drivers Licence/Senior Citizens Travel Pass)

Subsequent Visit ID

ID required for every visit

Visitor Adult Age

Awaiting information

Child Visitor ID

Birth Certificate for each child

Disabled Facilities

Full access, disabled parking and toilets


Limited parking outside prison. Visitors can use the Masonic Lodge, next door, for £2. There is 1 disabled space in the prison car park

Hand In Money on Visit

Hand in money when booking in or leaving the prison

Hand In Other Items

Prisoner must arrange a Proforma first

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3 seats plus one for prisoner


Cold drinks


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Child Facilities

Unsupervised play area

Cash Allowed In Room

50p coins for canned drinks

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There are various times morning, afternoon and evening daily.

Visit times are split between untried and convicted.

The prisoner will check on convenient times and book them according to the rota.

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Untried or Remand Prisoners – i.e. those prisoners who are awaiting trial or awaiting sentence – are entitled to one half hour visit per day to a maximum of 5 visits a week.

Convicted Prisoners – i.e. those prisoners who are serving a prison sentence – are entitled to one half-hour visit per week. Enhanced adult convicted; 2 x 30 minute visits per week*

Young Offenders - that is, Convicted Prisoners up to the age of 21 – are entitled to 2 half hour visits each week*, which take place at the same time as Remand Visits.

* These can be combined into 1 x 1 hour visit

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Booking Number

01463 229000

Visiting Time

Monday – Friday; 15:00 – 17:00 and Weekends; 14:00 – 15:30

Hand Items To prisoner

May be subject to search

Receive Items From Prisoner

May be subject to search

Laptops, recorders etc. only allowed by request and prior permission

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Central Highland Taxis
Bus Station, Margaret Street, Inverness IV1 1LT
01463 222222

DLM City Taxis
11 Fairfield Road, Inverness IV3 5QA
01463 222403

Inverness Taxis Ltd
114 Academy Street, Inverness IV1 1LX
01463 222900


The Alexander
16 Ness Bank, Inverness IV2 4SF
01463 231151

Craigside Lodge
4 Gordon Terrace, Inverness IV2 3HD
01463 231576

Silver Strands Bed & Breakfast
7 Broadstone Avenue, Inverness IV2 3LE
07719 576922

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Important Information for Disabled Visitors to Prisons from the Scottish Prison Service

Under the new Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 we have a duty to ensure we can evacuate disabled persons from any part of our Estate we give them access to. We achieve this by creating a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP). If you have particular requirements please contact us with the following information:

Which establishment you are visiting, the date and time; and details of your requirements.



Notes on Visits  (from HMP Inverness)

Prison Visits are organised by the prisoner and are arranged through a booking system. Prisoners book a specific visit session on the date that they want to have a visit and then inform their visitors exactly what time they have to arrive for the visit.

Please note that the prison cannot give out information about individual visit booking times over the phone.

To allow for security checks, all visitors must arrive in the prison a full 15 minutes before the start of the session. Late arrivals may not be admitted.

All visitors to the prison must take identification documentation with them each time they attend the establishment (- ideally a passport or photographic driving licence, but in their absence a utility bill showing name and address along with a bank card would normally be sufficient).

Mobile phones must be switched off and handed in to the gate office. No hand baggage is allowed into the visit room. There is a soft drinks machine within the Visit Room where you can purchase a drink for the prisoner and yourself.

Visit staff are located within the area and will be able to advise on visit procedures.

Items you are handing in for a prisoner may be left with staff, together with the accompanying Proforma. No items can be handed to the prisoner within the Visit Room.

All visitors are subject to search procedures prior to entry to the visit room. The procedure is almost identical to that of airport security with a walk-through portal and rub down search. You will always be searched by an officer of the same gender as yourself.

All visits are subject to CCTV image recording. Notices detailing authority for searching and recording of images are displayed at the gate and in the Visit Waiting Room.

What can you hand in for the prisoner?
Money can be handed in for prisoners who can then purchase “canteen” items such as tobacco and sweets. The money is added to a computerised system and the prisoner will sign for receipt. You will receive a receipt when you hand money in. You may wish to retain this receipt to help with any future queries.

To hand items in; the prisoner must get a form that lists the quantity and description of articles he is allowed and this is posted out to the visitor. You must take this form with the items you are handing in and only those items on the form will be accepted. All property to be handed in is given in at the Gate Office and a receipt issued.

Concerns about a prisoner
If you have any concerns about an individual’s ability to cope within prison then please contact the prison immediately. All information will be handled in a confidential and sensitive manner. You can also ask to speak to a Family Contact Development Officer. Please either speak in person at visit times, or phone the prison number given below.

Travel Information

Arriving by Public Transport
The prison is within relatively easy walking distance from the town centre – around 15 minutes from the bus or train stations. If you take the exit road from the Bus Station and turn left along Academy Street, you pass the train station. 

Having walked along Academy Street, cross over and along Inglis Street (which is pedestrianised) and up Market Brae steps, which face you at the end. They lead to Argyle Street, at the end of which is the Redcliffe Hotel. From this juncture you will see the prison wall to your left – follow it round, that is, turn left and first right, into Mitchell’s Lane. Then first left into Duffy Drive, where you will find the entrance to the prison.

If you would prefer you can take a taxi (approximate cost is £5).

Facilities at Inversness Station: Refreshments, toilets, baby changing facilities, pay phone and ATM. The whole station is step free and level to all platforms.

Prison main telephone numbers.
These numbers are not for booking visits but may be useful in emergencies or if you have problems booking a visit or enroute.
Tel: 01463 229000
Fax: 01463 229010


Updated: November 2013

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Inside Time Limited provide the details of taxi companies and accommodation without recommendation. These are merely businesses within easy distance. Visitors are strongly advised to contact the business well in advance to check availability and pricing.


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