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Prison Name
William Stuart (Acting)
Deputy Governor
Finlay Begg (Acting)
Canthill Road

Shotts prison was built in 2012 and is a prison for long term adult male prisoners with a capacity of 553. The prison is situated in countryside south of the M8 motorway near the Lanarkshire village of Shotts. The prison seeks to provide a secure, safe, caring and productive environment, while providing opportunities for those in custody to come to terms with their sentences and address their offending behaviour. 

Shotts also houses the National Integration Centre (NIC) within its boundary. 
The NIC holds approximately 60 adult male prisoners who are in the initial stages of sentences of eight years or over and prepares them for eventual movement to mainstream prisons. It provides a supportive regime for those sentenced to life or eight years or over during the first six to nine months of their sentences.


The original prison, purpose built in 1978, catered for long term male prisoners (sentences of 4 years & over) who are transferred from other prisons and who require to be kept secure conditions. The prison was extended in 1987 and has since been completely rebuilt on the same site. 

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

Main switch board   01501 824000

Family Contact Officer   01501 824 032 (FCO - The phone is not staffed at all times during the day, but there is an answer machine service so please leave your name and contact details and we will get back to you as soon as possible).

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 Shotts
           33 Shotts
           ML7 4LE


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 West

·         Take junction 5, take the B7057/B7066 exit to Shotts/Harthill

·         Take the right onto the B7057

·         Turn right onto Hirst Rd (B7066)

·         Turn left toward Newmill and Canthill Rd

·         Turn left onto Newmill and Canthill Rd

By Car from the East

·         At junction 5, take the B7057/​B7066 exit to Harthhill/​Shotts   

·         Slight left onto B7057    

·         Turn right onto Hirst Rd (B7066)   

·         Turn left toward Newmill and Canthill Rd    

·         Turn left onto Newmill and Canthill Rd

By Rail

Hartwood Railway Station is 1.4 miles from the prison as you leave Newmill Gardens towards Hartwood Road bear left onto Hartwood Road, the road then changes to Newmill-Canthill Road where you will turn left onto road


Chatty's Taxis

01501 820125 - High St, Shotts, Lanarkshire, ML7 5DR 

Private Hire Taxi

01501 825555 - 215 Dyfrig Street, Shotts, Lanarkshire, ML7 4BY 

R Brand

01501 771506 - 11 Meadow Crescent, Fauldhouse, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH47 9AX



All people in custody book their own visits and have the responsibility to inform their visitors of the day and time of the visit. Below is a list of identification requirements, the times of visits session, depending on the location of the individual, facilities and what you can expect coming to the prison.

To gain access to the establishment 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

Official visitors require Identification cards. Agents are required to carry their Law Society of Scotland ID Cards.

 All visitors are required to be at the Vestibule at least 30 mins prior to start of visit. If you are going to be late , please phone ahead on 01501 824000.

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.


On arrival at Shotts
Everyone must book in at the vestibule and the staff will log you in on the system. You can hand in money and property at this point. You will have to put all valuables in the lockers provided and you will not be allowed to take a wallet or purse into the visit room. Lockers take £1 which is refundable.

All visitors will be asked to walk through a metal detector and may be given a rub down search by a member of staff. You will then have to climb a small flight of stairs to a secure waiting area; there is, also a lift available to any visitor who has problems accessing the waiting area via the stairs. At times, there may be the SPS Dog Unit working in the visit area, it’s nothing to worry about and you will be given clear instructions from staff. If you have any concerns please feel free to talk to a member of staff.

After a short time in the waiting room you will be allocated a specific numbered table in the visit room and allowed access to the main visit room. There is a number of coined refreshment machines located around the visit room for use.

There is always a FCO available for anyone wishing to speak to them throughout or after the visits. Please note, FCO's are not available in the evenings or at weekends. There are toilet facilities, including disabled toilets and baby changing facilities as well as a children’s soft play area which is located in the visit room.

At Shotts we pride ourselves on making the visiting experience as relaxed and welcoming as possible with a supportive environment especially for first time visitors who are unsure of prison procedures.      

Handing In Property/Money

All visitors wishing to hand in property or cash to an individual will be required to provide photographic identification and documentary evidence supporting proof of name and address (see visiting guidelines above for acceptable forms of identification).

Monday-Friday  08.30-12.00  13.00-20.45
Saturday-Sunday  08.00-16.45

Posting In Property/Money

All property and cash is posted at the senders own risk. All property must be accompanied with a valid pro-forma. Only one pro-forma per parcel.

You can post money in to an individual for their PPC, however we would strongly recommend using the online banking service or recorded/special delivery (costs incurred at the post office). When sending a cheque or postal order (again there is a cost incurred at the post office for the order) these should be made payable to the Scottish Prison Service, but please note the individual's details on the back of the order or cheque.

When posting cash, please ensure that the package is clearly marked with the recipient's details.

You can post in property for individuals, but they must have completed the pro-forma prior to the items arriving.  Mark the parcel for the Individual's attention.  To ensure the parcel arrives safely, you can send it recorded delivery (cost incurred at the post office).  

Visiting Times

All Halls


09:30 - 10:30
11:00 - 12:00
13:30 - 15:30

10:15 - 11:45
13:00 - 14:00
14:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 20:30

10:15 - 11:45
13:00 - 14:00
14:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 20:30

09:30 - 10:30 (Child Free /Quiet visit)
11:00 - 12:00
13:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 20:30 

13:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 20:30
Sat  14:15 - 15:45
Sun  14:15 - 15:45 

Children's Visits

Mon  19:00 - 20:30
Fri  09:30 - 11:30
Sat  09:30 - 11:30
Sun  09:30 - 11:30