Callander Hydropathic, Stirling

Ink, pencil and colour wash on waxed linen, 1879
Peddie and Kinnear
RCAHMS: Dick Peddie and McKay Collection purchased in 1999

In the second half of the nineteenth century a fashion in Hydropathics developed across Europe. They provided their visitors with a variety of medicinal water treatments including bathing, internal cleansing by drinking or injecting, dousing and wet sheet wraps. The treatments took place under the supervision of qualified medical practitioners who believed they would prevent disease and also be an antidote to over-indulgence in alcohol.

The successful architectural practice of Peddie and Kinnear designed three of the great Scottish Hydropathics at Dunblane, Craiglockhart and Callander.

The interest in hydropathy did not last and by the time Callander Hydropathic was built in 1881 the fashion was changing. It was altered to become a hotel in 1889 but sadly this lavish and magnificent building was burnt down in the 1890s. Today nothing remains.