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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.


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Visit St Andrews’ East Sands Beach

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St Andrews University Traditions – Part 2

Last week, we wrote a blog post about traditions at St Andrews University. As Freshers Week quickly approaches, and students are preparing to begin another exciting year, we’d like to take a look at some other traditions in which the students will participate in the following months and years of their academic journey.   Raisin Monday […] more

St Andrews University Traditions – Part 1

    Founded in 1413, St Andrews University has just entered its seventh century of teaching.  In 600 years, St Andrews has seen many changes, but it has also held onto many traditions which form an essential part of student life and contribute to the unique experience of studying in our small Scottish town. In celebration […] more

Child-friendly attractions and activities in St Andrews

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