HM Prison Greenock

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HMP Greenock
HMP Greenock 2.jpg
Location Greenock, Inverclyde
Status Operational
Opened 1910
Managed by Scottish Prison Service
Governor William Stuart

HMP Greenock is a prison located in Greenock, Scotland, and serving designated courts in western Scotland by holding male prisoners (both adult and under 21s) on remand, and short-term convicted prisoners. It provides a national facility for selected prisoners serving 12 years or over, affording them the opportunity for progression towards release. It also accommodates a small number of prisoners for a range of management and operational reasons. Although officially labelled as HMP Greenock it continues to be known by its original name Gateside Prison.

Senior Management[edit]

HMP Greenock's Governor is Mr William Stuart and the Deputy Governor is Mr Colin Brodie.

Residential areas[edit]

HMP Greenock is divided into five separate residential areas, known as halls.

Arran and Bute[edit]

Work began to build Arran and Bute halls in August 2013, with work completed on July 2014. These Halls are a new type of facility called Community Integration Units (CIU) They will hold 8 and 6 prisoners respectively, who will use their time there as a stepping stone in to the community.

Ailsa Hall[edit]

Ailsa Hall is the Prison's largest hall with a design capacity of 131, although this is usually exceeded.[1] It holds remand prisoners, short term prisoners (STPs) and a small selection of long term prisoners (LTPs). This hall is all single-cell accommodation with electric power in cells and integral sanitation facilities.

Darroch Hall[edit]

Darroch Hall has recently changed to accommodate female offenders. This hall is all single accommodation with electric power in cells and integral sanitation facilities. Darroch Hall is designed to accommodate 56 prisoners.

Chrisswell House[edit]

The role of Chrisswell House is to prepare LTPs for progression to open conditions at HMP Castle Huntly. It has electric power in cells with shared sanitation facilities. Chrisswell House is designed to hold 64 prisoners.


Visits are run 7 days a week, with four sessions run Monday - Friday and three sessions at the weekend. The times below apply to both remand and convicted prisoners.

Ailsa Hall prisoners may receive visitors on any day of the week.

Darroch Hall prisoners may receive visitors every day of the week, except on a Friday and a Sunday. Each prisoner's visiting allowance is dependent upon their status, which can be Basic, Standard or Enhanced.

Chrisswell House prisoners may receive visitors generally on any day of the week.

Further details of local rules may be obtained at HMP Greenock visiting page or by telephoning the vestibule officer on 01475 88 33 00.

Monday to Friday[edit]

Sessions last a maximum of 50 minutes during the week, but can be cut to 30 minutes should any operational need arise, for example, an incident occurring between sessions.

Session 1: 14:00 - 15:50
Session 2: 15:10 - 16:00
Session 3: 18:50 - 19:40
Session 4: 20:00 - 20:25

Saturday & Sunday[edit]

Sessions last a maximum of 40 minutes at the weekend, but again may be cut to 30 minutes for operational reasons. Rule 63 of The Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Rules 2006 for convicted prisoners and Rule 64 of The Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Rules 2006 for untried and civil prisoners

Session 1: 19:45 - 1:00 Session 2: 14:45 - 15:25
Session 3: 15:45 - 16:25

Notable prisoners[edit]

  • Abdelbaset al-Megrahi[1] - Found guilty of 270 counts of murder in 2001 in connection with the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, which remains the worst act of terrorism to take place on British soil. Released in 2009 on compassionate grounds due to prostate cancer, from which he died in 2012.


  1. ^ Gunn, David. "Lockerbie bomber Al Megrahi treated for 'advanced cancer' - The Scotsman". Retrieved 2010-06-05. 

1. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland, Report on HM Prison Greenock 2001

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Coordinates: 55°56′33″N 4°46′56″W / 55.9424°N 4.78214°W / 55.9424; -4.78214