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. Efforts are being made 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 seasonal 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.
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.
The Cowane’s Hospital Maintenance Trust, Registered Scottish Charity SCO42873