Iona Leishman, Stirling's Heritage Artist


Cowane's Hospital, St John's Street, Stirling, Central, FK8 1ED

    Iona is Stirling's Heritage Artist. Come and live her work.

    Iona's working artist studio is at the heart of the medieval walled city of Stirling.  Situated in the ancient alms house, Cowane's Hospital, her studio was once a bedroom for two of the 'decayed Guild brethren' of Stirling.  She paints vividly about the built, natural and human landscapes of Scotland's heart and her experience as Historic Scotland's first artist in residence at Stirling Castle informs her energetically-imagined historical paintings about the people who once inhabited this place.

    Cowane's Hospital hall is open daily and is free to enter.  As Iona's studio is upstairs, please call her on 07773 347780 if you would like to meet her and view work in progress.  A range of her cards, prints and original mixed media paintings are on permanent show in the hall itself.

    Cowane's cafe is open daily throughout the summer from 10am - 4pm and serves soup, a range of toasted sandwiches, home baking, teas and coffees.

    Iona will be taking part in the annual Forth Valley Open Studios event 7 - 15 June 2014 when she and three other artists will be exhibiting a range of artwork at Cowane's Hospital

    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Tea & Coffee Available

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden One of the oldest bowling greens in Scotland and an historically important formal garden

    Payment Methods

    • BACS
    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • PayPal
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site available on castle esplanade
    • Free Parking On-Site extremely limited and short term but suitable especially for those with mobility problems
    • On Public Transport Route Stirling Council Castleview circular park and ride bus comes past Cowane's Hospital
    • Paid Parking within easy distance
    • Park and Ride Castleview circular park and ride bus service comes past Cowane's Hospital en route to the castle
    • Parking on street metered parking and on castle esplanade also


    • Toilets


    • City Location Situated at the top of the medieval city of Stirling

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Can use own suppliers
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet


    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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