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Centrally located in St Andrews

180 yards from the Old Course and a 5 minute walk from the town centre and University.


Run by the McLachlan family since 2003, you're guaranteed a home away from home feel when you stay with us.

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Your perfect golf trip destination

The Ardgowan Hotel is the ideal choice for your golf trip to St Andrews whether you're a group or just a two-ball!


"Feels like home."

All our rooms are equipped with everything you may need for an enjoyable stay and our friendly team will do their best to make your stay a memorable one.


Hotel in the Heart of St Andrews

Enjoy complete relaxation and a warm Scottish welcome at The Ardgowan Hotel and The Pilmour Hotel in St Andrews. We are Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star rated accommodation, centrally located within walking distance of the University of St Andrews and the world famous Old Course.

The Ardgowan was designed by the famous Scottish architect, George Rae, and was built in 1847. Now a family run hotel, The Ardgowan comprises of 29 comfortable en suite bedrooms across the two adjoining Georgian town houses. The Pilmour Hotel, located just next door, dates from 1820 and has a further 7 en suite bedrooms.

Playfair's Restaurant

Our restaurant is set back from North Street by our own south facing terrace and enjoys an excellent reputation for top quality, freshly prepared food. All of our menus have a Scottish twist and our dishes celebrate the best in local and seasonal produce wherever possible.

Playfair's Bar is located in The Pilmour Hotel and serves a fantastic bar menu prepared by our team of chefs. The bar is a great place to relax or watch sport, with our 7 big screens and wonderful team of staff.

Our boutique, modern Scottish style, fantastic guest rated restaurant, friendly atmosphere and perfect location make the hotel the ideal choice whatever the reason for your visit to St Andrews.




  Tourism is a huge industry in Scotland. Spending by tourists in Scotland alone generates around £12 billion in economic activity, contributing nearly 5% of Scotland’s total gross profit. Even in St Andrews, we understand the importance of tourism, as nearly £100 million is spent every year by visitors to the town, with even more during […] more


Visit Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

Every year, Visit Scotland promotes a a different theme for the focus of the year. In previous years, they have focused on Scotland’s nature (2013), outside activities (2011) and even Year of Food and Drink (2015) which had a different focus for each month (as you can see in our previous blog posts last year!). […] more


Staff Profile – Ailsa!

One of the great things about being a small family-owned business is that we all get to know one another fairly quickly when we start working here. That’s everyone in all departments, from Reception to Housekeeping, Restaurant Front-of-House to the Kitchen – we’re all part of the same team! While we serve guests in the hotel […] more

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How to Play the Old Course

As a hotel in St Andrews, it’s obvious we respond to a lot of enquiries about how to play the Old Course just around the corner from us. While getting on is not as easy as it may be for other courses around the world, players have a few different options when it comes to planning their […] more


Valentine’s Menu

  Every restaurant always gets excited when they get to month of February – it’s the month where couples choose the perfect destination to spend time with the person they love on the 14th! Our chefs have been hard at work preparing a fantastic Valentine’s Day menu designed by our very own Head Chef Duncan, […] more

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