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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.

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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.


Useful Information for your Stay at the Ardgowan Hotel


The Ardgowan Hotel  was originally built in 1847 as two Georgian town houses designed by the famous Scottish Architect, George Rae.  The hotel was remodelled in a modern Scottish style and now has 29 bedrooms of various size and category. The hotel is set back from North Street with a south facing terrace in front of our restaurant, Playfair’s.

The Pilmour Hotel was also built in 1820, also as a Georgian town house . It is located directly next door to the Ardgowan Hotel and has 7 comfortable en-suite bedrooms above Playfair's Bar. Guests who stay in the Pilmour Hotel will still check-in and check-out with us in the Ardgowan Hotel.  Breakfast  is served in Playfair's Restaurant, just underneath the Ardgowan Hotel.

Both hotels are centrally located within St Andrews, with the town centre, University and the ancient castle and cathedral all within five minutes walk.  We are also positioned only 180 yards from the world famous Old Course and the R&A building.

St Andrews Information: Outside


Free on-street parking is available directly opposite the hotels on Abbotsford Crescent, Hope Street and Howard Place. In addition to this, there are free car parks close by at Murray Place and Petheram Bridge. Cars may be parked free outside the hotels on North Street after 5pm until 9am the next morning and all day on Sunday.

Click on the below link for a detailed map of our parking recommendations:


Playfair's Restaurant and Steakhouse

Playfair's Restaurant & Steakhouse

Located below the Ardgowan Hotel, Playfair’s is extremely popular both with our guests and with residents of St Andrews. From local steaks and seafood cooked fresh on our chargrill to a selection of seasonal specials. Our chefs prepare all our dishes with fresh, local ingredients to create menus to celebrate the very best of modern Scottish cuisine. You can see a list of their menus by clicking here. 

For residents of the hotel, we offer a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Upgrade. This costs £25.00 per person and gives each guest £30.00 to spend on the a la carte menu in Playfair’s Restaurant and Steakhouse.

Please give us a call or email and we would be delighted to arrange a reservation for you in Playfair’s Restaurant. Please note that all Dinner upgrades must be arranged prior to arrival.

Playfair's Bar in the Pilmour Hotel

Playfair's Bar

Finally, we have Playfair's Bar in our Annex, the Pilmour Hotel, located directly next door to the Ardgowan Hotel. The Bar serves the same quality food and drinks as Playfair's in a more casual atmosphere. You can watch the latest sport on one of our 7 TVs, and it's dog friendly! You can check out their menu by clicking here. 


The hotel does receive guaranteed tee times for the Old Course during the summer but they are sold very quickly.

Winter Golf Package - Mid-October to Mid-April

This package through the St Andrews Links includes one guaranteed tee time on the Old Course and a round of golf on two other St Andrews Links courses. The choices are: the New or Jubilee Championship courses, the more forgiving Eden and Strathtyrum Links courses or the award winning Castle Course.

For more information on this package please click here.

Other Golfing Options

If you would like to book a round of golf for your stay in St Andrews and surrounding areas, please see our website for more information.


Should you need an Airport transfer or information about some of the nearby golf courses please use

We also have a page dedicated to parking options in St Andrews, as guests can find this difficult. Please check out this page to plan for your parking when you stay with us. 

To source further information on St Andrews and what it has to offer please visit

We hope this has been useful information for you. If you have any further questions or would like to book in your stay with us at the Ardgowan Hotel, please call us at +44 (0) 1334 472970 or email us at

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