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Prison Name
Nigel Ironside
Deputy Governor
Brian Ironside
King O Muir Road
FK10 3AD

Glenochil manages adult male offenders who are short term offenders, long term offenders, life sentence offenders and extended sentence offenders (Order of Life Long Restrictions). 

The prison has been completely rebuilt in recent years and is a large community facing prison, giving priority to Forth Valley and Fife ("FK" and "KY" postcodes). It is one of the major sites in Scotland for managing sex offenders and those with an Order of Lifelong Restriction (OLR).

Offenders are not committed to Glenochil direct from the courts but are admitted following conviction from other local prisons around Scotland. The current design capacity is 670 and we hold on average a daily population of 660.


The land was purchased from the Coal Board in the 1960s and a detention centre was subsequently built.

In the 1980s four house blocks were built housing adult male long term offenders. The detention centre became a Young Offenders Institution which continued until the modernisation of Polmont in 2010.


If you need to contact the prison, here are some useful numbers - 

Main switch board   01259 760 471

Family Contact Officer 01259 767 275 (There are two FCO - one works full time and the other part time. If the office is not manned please leave a message on the answer machine and we will get back to you as soon as possible). 

ICM Co-ordinator 01259 767 220 (Integrated Case Management)

If sending a letter to a prisoner, put their name, prison number and location, followed by the postal address

e.g.    123456 S Smith
           H M Prison Glenchil
           King O'Muir Road
           FK10 3AD


If you are writing to your client, the Scottish Prison Service considers that it is necessary that you adopt the “double envelope” process as recommended by the Law Society. It is the experience of the Scottish Prison Service that adopting this process ensures that your client receives his or her correspondence unopened and assists in mitigating the abuse of the right to receive such correspondence in this way. If you require further information you can contact us as follows:


tel: 0131 330 3500




By Car from the North

         ·         From Perth take the M90 south
         ·         At J7 Milnathort take the A91
         ·         Continue forward until first roundabout in village of Tillicoultry
         ·         Take first exit and continue up hill
         ·         At next roundabout take third exit and follow signs for HMP Glenochil.

By Car from the West

·         Take the M8 to J13 Stirling and Kincardine Bridge M80.
·         Leave M80 at J8 and join M876.
·         Continue forward until Higgins Neuk Roundabout, take first exit and                     cross Clackmannanshire Bridge.
·         Follow the signs for HMP Glenochil.

By Car from the East

·         Take the M9 to J7 Stirling and Kincardine Bridge M876.
·         Continue forward until Higgins Neuk Roundabout, take first exit and                     cross Clackmannanshire Bridge.
·         Follow the signs for HMP Glenochil.

By Car from the South

          ·         Join M876 and follow directions given above

There are public parking facilities, which include disabled spaces, for visitors to Glenochil. For disabled parking, drive down  to the main entrance building and the disabled spaces are in front of the building and in the bottom car park. 

By Bus

Several local bus companies operate from Stirling to Tullibody on a regular basis. Ask to get off at the Abercrombie Arms. As the prison is still over 1 mile away and the pavements are not good it is best to phone a local taxi and arrange for them to meet you and bring you to the prison.

Local Taxis
Alva Cabs         01259 762626
Buchan Taxis   01259 213215
Central Taxis    01259 721111
Conn Cars         01259 217406

By Rail
The prison can be accessed from Alloa and Stirling stations. Contact Scotrail on  for further information. From the station you can access public transport and taxis to reach the prison.


All offenders are responsible for booking their own visits and informing their visitors of the day and time of the visit.  Offenders are entitled to not less than 2 hours in any period of  28 consecutive days. Each visit lasts 1 hour with a maximum of 3 adults; and a reasonable number of children.
Agents must phone the prison on 01259 767288. All agents are required to give 24hrs notice of any visits or amendments to visit bookings. Agents must produce a valid Law Society of Scotland ID card

Below is a list of identification requirements at Glenochil, including facilities and what you can expect coming to the prison To gain access to the prison for the purpose of visiting, you must have two forms of identification, one of which must be photographic ID. Entry to the prison will not be permitted without acceptable identification.

The following examples shall be accepted as suitable for photographic ID purposes:

·         Valid Passport

·         Photographic Driving Licence

·         Citizen/Validate UK Card

·         Senior Citizens Bus Pass

·         Workplace photo ID card

·         Photographic Bank Card

·         Other official photo ID i.e. membership card

The following examples shall be accepted as suitable for proof of address provided it is less than 3 months old:

·         Utility bill

·         Council tax bill

·         Benefit book

·         Bank statement

·         Other letter from official source

On arrival at HMP Glenochil for a visit

Everyone attending the prison for a visit must book in at least 30 minutes before the visit session starts.  This is to allow sufficient time to process your details.

On entering the main door of the prison there is a front desk staffed by prison officers. The staff will log you on to the system and you will require your identification. You can deposit any money for offenders PPC at this point. You  may also take a small amount of cash with you for purchases in the visit room. You will not be allowed to take in a purse or wallet. All other items will need to be placed in a locker. Lockers are available which take a £1 coin or a shopping trolley token.

If you have a baby with you, you can take essentials such as a change of nappy, baby wipes and baby bottle with milk – no baby food is permitted.  The baby items must be left with the desk officer in the visit room, but you can access them when you need to.

Once the booking-in process has been completed you will then walk to the right-hand side of the desk, through a metal detector and a metal turn-style into a secure waiting area where there are toilets, hot/cold drinks and baby changing facilities. There will be staff in this area to help and offer guidance. There is a lift for those who are not able to use the stairs.

At times, there may be the SPS Dog Unit operating at the visits – it’s nothing to worry about and you will be given instructions by the staff.  If you have any concerns at all – please talk to a member of staff.

Staff will conduct a rubdown search, you will be taken up to the visits room.  Staff will advise you of where you are sitting and you will be asked to take a number for the canteen. Numbers will be called up in strict numerical order by staff.  At the end of the session visitors will leave first and then offenders will be asked to exit.

There is a children’s play area which is unsupervised and visitors must ensure that children are kept under control at all times.  The canteen is run privately and is open during most visit sessions.

Legal Visits by Video Link
Click here for information on the Scottish Legal Aid Board web site for solicitors looking to register for and use video link technology to conduct meetings with their clients in custody.

Handing in Property

Visitors cannot simply choose to bring in property for someone in custody. Offenders will complete the relevant form (pro forma) and these can be handed out during a visit. Visitors handing in property require photographic identification and evidence of their home address, as described for visiting identification. Staff will issue a receipt for the property.

Posting in Property
You can post in property for offenders, but the offender must have completed the pro forma prior to the items arriving.  Mark the parcel for the offender’s attention.  To ensure the parcel arrives safely, you can send it recorded delivery (cost incurred at the post office).  

Handing in money

You may deposit money for a offender at the front desk. You must provide the offender's full name and prison number. A receipt will be issued to you. (If you are unsure, please ask a member of staff)

Cheques will be accepted with the appropriate bank card, made out to the SPS (will take 5 working days to clear).

Posting in money
You can post money into a prisoner for their PPC, however we would strongly recommend either recorded/special delivery (costs incurred at the post office) when posting cash or you can post a cheque or postal order (again there is a cost incurred at the post office for the order) in.  Both of these should be made payable to the Scottish Prison Service, but please add the prisoners details on the back of the order or cheque. 




Visiting Times

Abercrombie Hall

Mon  13:15-14:10 14:35-15:30
19:15-19:55 20:10-21:00
Tues 13:15-14:10 14:35-15:30
19:15-19:55 20:10-21:00
Wed 13:15-14:10 14:35-15:30
19:15-19:55 20:10-21:00
Thur 13:15-14:10 14:35-15:30
19:15-19:55 20:10-21:00
Fri 13:15-14:10 14:35-15:30
19:15-19:55 20:10-21:00
Sat 10:00-11:00 11:15-12:15
14:15-15:15 15:30-16:30
Sun 10:00-11:00 11:15-12:15
14:15-15:15 15:30-16:30

Agent's Visits

Mon-Fri 9:30-10:00 10:15-10:45 11:00-11:30 
  13:30-14:00 14:05-14:35
  14:40-15:10 15:15-15:45
Evening and weekend sessions are available by
prior arrangement only.


Children's Visits

Harviestoun Hall  
   Tuesday 13:15-15:15
    Saturday 14:15-16:15
    Sunday 10:00-12:00
Abercrombie Hall  
   Saturday 10:00-12:00
   Sunday 14:15-16:15

Children Visits
Weekend visits take place fortnightly

Devon Hall

Whichever hall the offender is from will dictate
which day his visit will take place. Only one
Devon offender is allowed in the visit room at
any given time. They can attend both afternoon
sessions but are restricted to first session in the 
evening Monday-Friday and they can attend 
both morning and afternoon sessions at the

Harviestoun Hall

Mon  13:15-14:10 14:35-15:30
19:05-19:55 20:10-21:00
Tues 13:15-14:10 14:35-15:30
19:05-19:55 20:10-21:00
Wed 13:15-14:10 14:35-15:30
19:05-19:55 20:10-21:00
Thur 13:15-14:10 14:35-15:30
19:05-19:55 20:10-21:00
Fri 13:15-14:10 14:35-15:30
19:05-19:55 20:10-21:00
Sat 10:00-11:00 11:15-12:15
14:15-15:15 15:30-16:30
Sun 10:00-11:00 11:15-12:15
14:15-15:15 15:30-16:30