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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.


A Selection of Seafood Dishes to Try at Playfairs Restaurant

The Autumn is a perfect time to warm yourself with some of the seafood dishes available at the Playfairs 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

Summer is Winding Down

  As we near the end of September, most people see this as a sign of the end of summer. While all of us here at the Ardgowan Hotel and Playfair’s are mentally preparing for the Winter season, we still have a few big events to look forward to, namely, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship […] more

Year of Food and Drink 2015 – Celebration!

  The focus for September in Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015 is Celebration! Building on the Food Fortnight theme, this month we’re focusing on events and products that celebrate provenance and Scottish food and drink. The Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight is a two-week celebration of Scotland’s amazing produce held in September. In 2014, […] more

Year of Food and Drink 2015 – Delicious Dairy

The Year of Food and Drink focus for August is Scotland’s amazing dairy! Scotland is a country well-suited for dairy production, as it has a long tradition of dairy farming with some of the most efficient dairy farmers in all of Europe. Also, it makes a difference that much of Scotland is green and grassy […] more

Winter Golf 2016

  August is always an exciting month for us: it’s when applications open for Winter Golf packages at the St Andrews Links the next year! This package is an amazing value for our guests – 3 nights bed and breakfast at a fantastic hotel (ours of course!) with 3 tee times on the Links golf […] more

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