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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.



Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2017

  It’s that time of year again! Time to get excited about the pro-am tournament that happens in St Andrews each year – the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – which is happening NEXT WEEK! About the tournament: Every year, around the beginning of October, golfers from all over the world make their way to the […] more


Busy St Andrews University Days

While are just around the corner from the historic Old Course, we’re not just a hotel for golfers. In fact, we have visitors from the University of St Andrews stay with us all throughout the year – everyone from parents visiting their students, visiting lecturers and even many St Andrews alumni coming back to relive […] more

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Planning a Trip to St Andrews for a Big Event

  St Andrews is often a busy little town. With its reputation as the Home of Golf, a buzzing University and it’s prime location in the Kingdom of Fife, it’s the perfect place for various big events. Because of our location in the town, we often have guests who come to us looking for advise […] more


Food Awards Scotland

  One of the things that we’re very proud about here at the Ardgowan is our amazing restaurant, Playfair’s! Our chefs work hard under the leadership of Head Chef Duncan to create some amazing dishes for our guests, and are always looking for ways to wow their guests. This filters down into everything they do, […] more


Ernie Els

  Our restaurant, Playfair’s, tends to make a fuss over local gins, beers and whiskies but did you know they also have a selection of wines from the winery of famous golfer Ernie Els? A bit of background… Ernie Els grew up just east of Johannesburg in Kempton Park, South Africa, and started to play […] more

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