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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.



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


Burns Night 2016

  We can’t believe that it’s already the end of January! Naturally, for every good Scotsman, it’s the perfect time of year to celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns with all things Scottish! Traditionally, Burns Night is celebrated with a Burns supper, which has a centrepiece of haggis, served with neeps and tatties (which for you […] more


…Hello 2016!

Whew! We hope you all had as great of a Christmas and New Years as we did! Now, we’re all back in the swing of things here at the Ardgowan Hotel and Playfair’s Restaurant, and we’re looking forward to a brand new year with lots of exciting adventures! With the 2016 Open Championship being held […] more


Goodbye 2015

  Whew! Can you believe 2015 is almost over? We’ve already had a great Christmas here at the Ardgowan Hotel and Playfair’s, and while it’s been a busy season, we can’t help but look back over the past year and all that we’ve done! We hit the ground running in January 2015 after our month-long […] more

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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

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