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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.



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


Winter Golf on the Old Course

      Did you know you can get a guaranteed tee time on the Old Course in the winter time? We know July may seem a bit early to be thinking ahead to winter golf, but it’s the perfect time to start making plans for your golf getaway in the quieter winter months (especially […] more

East Neuk Festival

  It truly is a summer full of festivals here on the east side of Scotland! Last week, we celebrated all of the local food and drinks just down from us in Crail for the Crail Food Festival. Next week, we’re privileged have 12 days of beautiful music through the East Neuk Festival! The East […] more


Crail Food Festival

Every summer, we always look forward to the amazing events and festivals that take place. One of our personal summer favourites is the Crail Food Festival, which starts in the Fife Coastal town of Crail TONIGHT! This 3 day festival, running from the 10th-12th of June, is perfect for food and drink lovers, as all […] more

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