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Scottish 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.


ABCs of the Ardgowan and Playfair’s – Part 1

Here at the Ardgowan Hotel, we find that our guests are often very curious about a lot of aspects of our business. One of our receptionists, Rebecca, came up with a great idea to present the ABCs of the Ardgowan Hotel and Playfair’s Restaurant and Steakhouse. With each letter of the alphabet, we hope to […] more

2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

  It’s that time of year again! Time for the professionals and amateurs to face off in the only major professional golf tournament played every year in St Andrews, The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. This year is already exciting as 4 of Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team are set to play again just a week […] more

Bird watching Holidays in the St Andrews Area

St Andrews is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with a wide range of landscapes for visitors to enjoy. This rich diversity makes the region such a good place to see wild life, and because it is a relatively quiet location away from the hubbub of big cities, there’s far less intrusion by the human […] more

Fun Family Activities in St Andrews

On the east coast of Scotland, St Andrews is a particularly picturesque part of the country, with sweeping landscapes, unspoilt sands and gentle waves. As a golfing paradise, many sports fans flock here from all over the world, but there are lots more to enjoy besides. A friendly and accessible town, here’s some ideas about […] more

Visit St Andrews’ East Sands Beach

Although everyone talks about West Sands beach in St Andrews, it is also worth paying a visit to the lesser-known East Sands beach. This beach is located on the south side of the old harbour, just a short distance from the cathedral and castle. It is often described as the more intimate of the two […] more