Scotland is the ideal destination for dog friendly holidays and is just bursting with beautiful loch-side walks, coastal trails and country rambles. The wonderful Scottish Islands can provides miles of stunning sandy beaches for your dog to enjoy or head to a choice of National or Regional Parks for country trails and breathtaking scenery. There are also over 30,000 freshwater lochs in Scotland so you are never far from their peaceful beauty particularly if you exploring the Western Isles and Scottish Highlands with your dog. A dog friendly B&B or hotel can provide a warm welcome during your stay and a very cost-effective alternative to expensive kennelling fees. Alternatively for more running around space, search our website for a range of dog friendly cottages with enclosed gardens which are situated in some of Scotland’s most scenic locations.
Head to the Scottish Islands with your dog
Travel to and from the Scottish Islands with your dog is easy with four legged friends welcome free of charge on a choice of ferry services. With Caledonian MacBrayne services from the mainline to destinations including the Isle of Skye, Isle of Arran, Inner Hebrides, Raasay and Isle of Lewis, reaching the Islands’ truly memorable scenery couldn’t be easier. Looking to go to the Orkney Islands? Northlink and Pentland Ferry Companies can easily transport you and your pet to your chosen holiday destination. For white sandy beaches and beautiful moorland walks head to the Outer Hebrides, including the Isle of Lewis, with a great choice of dog friendly holiday cottage available to accommodate you. The Orkney Islands are full of ancient neolithic and stone age sites or for more enthusiastic walkers with dogs, it is now possible to walk around the entire 100km coastline of the Isle of Arran with up to twelve routes available which take in the stunning scenery and wildlife along the way.
Visit Scotland’s beautiful lochs and coastline on a dog friendly holiday
Whether you are exploring the beautiful scenery of mysterious Loch Ness or rugged terrain of the Trossachs surrounding Loch Lomond, you will never be short of scenic walks to enjoy when visiting Scotland. A dog friendly cottage or hotel in Inverness will offer easy access to wonderful walks around the Beauly Firth as well as Loch Ness or stay in Fort William to visit the numerous lochs of the Western Scottish Highlands including Loch Linnhe. If you are visiting the most northerly parts of the Scottish coast, holiday cottages in Durness or Tongue will help you make the most of the picturesque coastal walks with your dog or stay in Thurso or Wick for easy access to ferry services to the northern Scottish Isles including the Orkneys and Shetlands.
City breaks with your dog
A surprising number of large chain hotels will accept dogs at an additional fee and with kennelling charges averaging around £10 per day, these can provide a cost effective choice when planning a trip to one of Scotland’s vibrant cities. Edinburgh is home to a number of green spaces for your dog to enjoy including the gardens at Princes Street, Queen Street and Regent Gardens which are all located right in the city centre. For more space, head to Holyrood Park which surrounds two lochs and Arthur’s Seat or a short trip south west of the city brings you to the Pentland Hills Regional Park which encompasses the Threipmuir and Harperrig Reservoirs. There are also plenty of waterfront walks at the nearby Leith Docks and Edinburgh is also the ideal base for days out with Lomond Hills Regional Park located just north of nearby Dunfermline and easily accessed over the Queensferry Bridge.
If you are planning a trip to Glasgow there is a good choice of city centre parks and dog friendly hotels ideal for a relaxing break with your four-legged friend. A short drive north can take you to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park or The Trossachs National Park which are both ideal for days out. Alternatively, head a short distance west for scenic walks in Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and along the coast at nearby Greenock or Largs. A short drive south of Glasgow can also bring you to wonderful South Ayrshire with miles of coastal walks and scenic trails in Galloway Forest Park. For more accommodation space than a hotel room, search our website for pet friendly apartments in Glasgow or Edinburgh which can be booked for city breaks with your dog.