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Centrally located in St Andrews


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

Just 180 yards from the Old Course!


"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.


Events Coming Up!

It’s 2017 and we’ve hit the ground running here at the Ardgowan Hotel and Playfair’s Restaurant! We’ve got a lot happening over the next few months – redecoration in the hotel, events in the restaurant – and we’re so excited to be back open after a long Christmas/New Year break! First on our list is […] more

Redecoration at the Ardgowan

We’re nearing the end of 2016, and while the hotel and restaurant may be closed for our annual festive break, there are lots of things happening over the next month and a half! One thing that we’re always doing is evaluating our guest experience. What do our guests love about their stay with us? What […] more

Playfair’s Christmas Specials Menu

  Even though Playfair’s is only open for a short time in December, the chefs have put together a fantastic menu for the festive season! This specials menu highlights traditional Scottish food with a festive twist, and our chefs are excited about showing off their creativity! While the menu is fantastic as a whole, we’d like […] more

St Andrews Day!

St Andrews Day, which falls on the 30th of November every year – is quickly approaching. Since we live in a town named after the Patron Saint of Scotland, we thought it would be interesting to tell you a few things about Saint Andrew and the day that we celebrate him. About Saint Andrew Did […] more

Charity Evening for the RNLI

At the Ardgowan Hotel and Playfair’s Restaurant, we are not just passionate about supporting local businesses, but also supporting local charities as well, whenever we can. This month, for the second year in a row, Playfair’s will be hosting a charity evening in support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, or RNLI. About the RNLI The […] more

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