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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.


The Open Championship Recap

The Open Championship has finished here in St Andrews, and what a week it’s been! Here at the Ardgowan Hotel and Playfair’s Restaurant, we’ve been busy with all the hustle and bustle of golf enthusiasts to St Andrews. Now that this historic event is over, we’re taking a look back at the events of the […] more

Getting to the Open Championship

  We are all excited about the upcoming 144th Open Championship in St Andrews in less than 2 weeks! The entire town is going to be full of golf enthusiasts, some traveling from far away to see golf history in action! While we are expecting it to be a fun and exciting time, the town is […] more

Year of Food and Drink 2015 – Future of Food

As part of the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland this year, each month has a new theme centered on the amazing produce that Scotland has to offer. June’s theme is The Future of Food! Now, before you starting thinking of futuristic dishes, this theme is all about the next generation of the food and drink […] more

The Byre Theatre

When visitors come to St Andrews for the first time, one of the first things they notice is the rich history surrounding the town. The University, started in 1413, is still in operation today and has a long legacy of great scholars and professors. The Cathedral of St Andrew, built in 1158, has parts of its […] more

AA 3 Star Award and Rosette!

At the Ardgowan Hotel and Playfair’s Restaurant and Steakhouse, we are always striving for excellence. This attitude filters down to everything we do: from our friendly and efficient service, to the appearance and comfort of our rooms, to the amazing food that we serve in Playfair’s. We’ve always said that the opinions of our guests […] more

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