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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.



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


Staff Profile – Rachel!

Following in the footsteps of our coworkers in Playfair’s, we thought we would write a staff profile of our own – for Director of Marketing and Business Development Rachel! How long have you worked for the Ardgowan Hotel and Playfair’s Restaurant? I worked here every summer during University as waitress, housekeeper and receptionist so really […] more

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Offers this Winter!

£99 Dinner Bed and Breakfast Offer We’re nearing the end of summer time here in St Andrews, and while we’re excitedly awaiting the Dunhill Links Championship starting later this week, we’re also looking forward to a few promotions that we have to offer this winter! One we’re particularly excited about involves both the hotel and […] more


Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2016

  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