With a long and proud history, Scotland is known for its breath-taking scenery, rugged mountains and incredible beaches.
There are also amazing historic buildings, lochs and plenty of places to take long walks and admire the beautiful views. And of course, because it’s part of the UK, holidaying in Scotland with your favourite furry friends couldn’t be easier; if you book somewhere which welcomes you both!
For holidaymakers and locals too, here are a few ideas for days out in Scotland which will be as enjoyable for your dog as they are for you:
With over thirty thousand lochs of various shapes and sizes, Scotland has plenty of them to explore scattered all over the country. If you take a walk in the countryside, it’s likely you’ll come across one or two on the way. Or you can plan a trip to one of the more famous lochs such as Loch Lomond or Loch Ness and enjoy the surroundings of these world-famous spots with your canine companion. You can even enjoy boat rides and water sports with them.
Scotland has hundreds of mountains for you to explore with your adventurous pet. The Nevis Range Mountain Experience allows dogs to accompany their owners on the gondola (at no extra charge!), which transports you up to 2,150ft on the north face of Aonach Mor, the eighth highest mountain in Britain. Whether you fancy an intensive hike up Ben Nevis or a more leisurely stroll around one of the regional parks, an exciting day out in the mountains could be just the tonic for you and your dog.
Scotland has 6,160 miles (9,910 km) of coastline so there is plenty for you and your pooch to explore. With miles of sandy beaches and crisp blue waters, there’s nothing like a peaceful walk along the seaside. Many dogs love the beach and enjoy playing in the surf and on the sand. Take a ball or a frisbee to make sure your pup gets plenty of stimulation and exercise. You can find a list of dog friendly beaches here on the site.
If you don’t fancy the challenge of a mountain, but want something a bit more taxing than a stroll, then consider a walk in the glorious Glens. A glen is a valley which is typically long and bounded by gently sloping sides and are full of wonderful wildlife and views for miles. You can walk with your dog almost anywhere in Scotland, as long as you abide by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Scotland’s forests and woodlands are an exciting prospect for your canine friends. They can explore amongst the trees and shrubbery, looking for adventures. And studies have shown that spending time in nature, including woods and forests, can be really beneficial for our own mental health. From Rothiemurchus in the Cairngorms National Park to the Fife Coastal Trail and ‘Big Tree Country’ in Perthshire, there is plenty to keep you all entertained for hours.
Dog friendly attractions
From ancient castles, historic ruins and stately homes, to boat tours and visits to jail, there are plenty of attractions in Scotland which can be enjoyed by you and your dog. You can take a royal walk with your pooch around Culzean Castle & Country Park in Ayrshire, Blackness Castle in Linlithgow or Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries & Galloway among many others (always double check the castle you would like to visit allows dogs). You can visit Inveraray Jail, one of the best-preserved jail and courtrooms in the world or hop on a boat tour of Loch Katrine onboard the Sir Walter Scott Steamship. Even some of Scotland’s most prestigious golf courses can accommodate your furry friend so you can enjoy a round while your dog keeps you company. Or why not enjoy a relaxing trip on a steam train; Strathspey Railway, which runs through the Cairngorms National Park from Aviemore to Broomhill, allows dogs on board (except for First Class and Dining Cars) at no extra cost. You can even enjoy a tipple while out with your pet with some distillery tours allowing your dog to come with you. For example, Annandale Distillery founded in 1836 is fully dog-friendly, even in the restaurant area.
Check out our pet-friendly accommodation in Scotland and start planning your Caledonian adventure today!