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HMP & YOI Stirling is Scotland's national facility housing remand and convicted young and adult women.

It has the design capacity to hold a maximum of 117 individuals, along with a separate Mother and Baby Unit with 2 spaces.

There are eight housing units; Primrose, Bluebell, Iris, Myrtle, Begonia, Wintergreen, Thistle and Heather.

HMP & YOI Stirling receives admissions from court, and will transfer individuals to other establishments who house females where appropriate.

Exterior of Stirling Prison

Visiting the prison

Those individuals who are on remand are entitled to one visit daily Monday to Friday and also one at the weekend. The Women who are convicted are entitled to not less than 2 hours in any period of 28 consecutive days.

Visits are booked by the individual in custody, who in turn will notify their visitor of day and time allocated.

At each visit there is a maximum of 3 adult visitors, this does not include children under the age of 16.

  • Children's visits are for young people and children under the age of 18 to enhance their relationship with the individual in custody in a relaxed environment.

    Individuals in custody who can demonstrate an established relationship (for example grandparent, non-married partners etc) with any Child/Young Person can access these visits. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate adult. (Having regard to any Child Protection Issues). 

  • o 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
  • You can post in property for an individual in custody with the appropriate completed pro forma which has been posted to the visitor. To ensure the parcel arrives safely, you can send it recorded delivery (cost incurred at the Post Office).

  • You can post in cash, a cheque or postal order to an individual for their PPC. If you choose to do so, we strongly recommend using recorded/special delivery (costs incurred at the post office). Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to the Scottish Prison Service, but please note the individual's details on the back.

    However the most secure and efficient option is to use your online banking. For full instructions on how to do this, please follow the link below.

    Sending money
  • Agents must phone the prison on  01786 832 591 ext 274015. The visit team will book a time slot (see below for options) and on arrival solicitors and agents must produce a valid law society card or professional credentials (in the case of social workers).  Information can be found below on 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.

  • All outside agencies that wish to come in to visit a person in custody have to be registered, to do this they need to email us with a company letter headed email.

    Please include:

    • The agency type e.g. legal, social work, medical, police or community.
    • The name, address and phone number of the company/employer.
    • The visiting agents forename and surname.

    Please note upon booking a visit, the name and prisoner number or D.O.B will be required to book a visit successfully.

    Any personal items such as phones, dictaphones, laptops, video or audio equipment are strictly prohibited. Items that are of business use may be authorised through the SPS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES if it is relevant to the visit and person being visited. Application must be made to the Head of Operations in advance to allow time to process.

  • The Family Help Hub is run by the charity Forth Valley Inclusion (FVI). The staff team are supported by volunteers to deliver emotional and practical support to women and their visitors. They aim to offer a friendly, open and non-judgemental space to everyone who visits the Hub.

    Please visit their website below for more information about their service and direct contact details.

    Forth Valley Inclusion - Family Help Hub

Visiting times

    • Monday to Friday
      • 10:15-11:15 (Children's Visits)
      • 13:15-14:15
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday
      • 18:45-20:00
    • Saturday and Sunday
      • 09:30-11:00 (Children's Visits)
      • 14:15-15:00
      • 15:15-16:00

Getting in touch

Family and Friends

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


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:

How to get there

  • HMP & YOI Stirling is situated on the B823 approximately 2 miles from the town centre of Stirling. If travelling by car from Glasgow, Edinburgh or the north, stay on the M9 until junction 11, take the road signposted to Bridge of Allan (2 miles)

    Once you are in Bridge of Allan, turn right onto Fountain Road (opposite the Royal Hotel). Proceed down Fountain Road, past the Fire Station and over the railway level crossing. HMP Stirling is on the right hand side of the road 200 yards past the crossing with the entrance to the car park after the establishment main drive.

    There are 2 electric car charging points, accessible parking, and 2 parent and child parking spaces.

  • The bus and railway stations are located in Stirling, near the City Centre. The bus station is 200yds to the left when you exit the railway station. The 53 and 54A buses stop right outside the prison; the journey takes approximately 10 minutes.  

    Taxis are available outside the train station; a taxi fare is approximately £4.