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

Cowane’s is an ideal venue for events of all kinds, from meetings and AGMs to small festivals, gigs, parties and weddings.

Private viewing of the hall for school trips, historical societies or other interested parties can be arranged by appointment for a nominal charge.  We will provide a guide to tell you all about John Cowane, the history of the building and our exciting restoration project.

Please note that bookings are not being taken for after August 2018 as we anticipate that the building will be closed for restoration.

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