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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.

Our Story


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.


Christmas in Playfair’s

Can you believe it’s already time to think about Christmas?? 2015 has flown by for us here at the Ardgowan Hotel and Playfair’s Restaurant and Steakhouse, and we’ve already started to prepare for the festive season. Graduation weekend is over, our Christmas decorations are up and Playfair’s will start serving the Christmas menu on the […] more

Year of Food and Drink 2015 – Hearty and Heartwarming

  A new month means a new focus for the Year of Food and Drink Scotland! As we journey through the already cold and rainy month of November, it’s perfectly fitting that the theme for this month is Hearty and Heartwarming comfort foods. All across Scotland, restaurants and suppliers are making the most of Scottish […] more

Year of Food and Drink 2015 – Sustainable Shore

It’s time again! Another month means a new focus for the Scotland Year of Food and Drink 2015, and October is all about Scotland’s Sustainable Shore. All month, a huge emphasis has been placed on fishing and seafood (as if we don’t already!) and how they are sourced responsibility. In our award-winning Playfair’s Restaurant and […] more

University of St Andrews Raisin Weekend!

The University of St Andrews is a university steeped in tradition. Dating far back into the history of the university are several traditions that are carried on with each new class of freshers. One of these great traditions is Raisin Weekend. In earlier years, upon arriving in St Andrews, first year students are assigned to […] more

Seafood Dishes at Playfair’s Restaurant

The Autumn is a perfect time to warm yourself with some of the seafood dishes available at the Playfair’s Restaurant. Living in Scotland we’re surrounded by the sea everywhere! So we realise seafood is important to the nation, and we love cooking a wide selection of seafood recipes. We’ve listed just a few of our […] more

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