Cowane’s Hospital


Cowane’s Hospital is a 17th century almshouse in the historic city of Stirling. It is also known as The Guildhall, as the Stirling Guildry have held their meetings here for several centuries.

Sadly this highly important gem of Scottish architecture is now at risk and a campaign is underway to raise £3 million to save the building and its wonderful gardens, which includes one of Scotland’s oldest bowling greens and give them a sustainable new future.

There is a coffee shop where visitors can enjoy snacks and drinks, and also have a look inside the great hall.

Cowane’s is in the area known as Top o’ the Town, just below the castle and next to the Church of the Holy Rude where King James VI was crowned.

Please lend a hand

Cowane’s was the home of Scotland’s second oldest charity (a separate organisation called The Patrons of Cowane’s Hospital Trust) but after nearly 400 years the building is now in need of your support. Sadly even the lovely statue of the founder, John Cowane, has suffered.2015-01-20 - HB pic with JC hand

Please lend a hand, help maintain Cowane’s for future generations and get Auld Staneybreeks repaired. You can make a donation via PayPal by pressing the Donate button at the top of the page.

Events and hire


Please note that we are unable to take new bookings for events until 31 March. The restoration project will also mean that the hospital will be closed from the summer of 2018 to autumn 2019.

The Cowane’s Hospital Maintenance Trust, Registered Scottish Charity SCO42873