The most dog-friendly holiday cottages in Scotland holiday cottages

The most dog-friendly holiday cottages in Scotland

Holidays are always more fun with your canine companion by your side, so don’t leave your dog behind when you’re booking your getaway to Scotland.

They make walks fun, even when caked up to the ears in mud, they also provide wonderful company whether your holiday home is quiet and peaceful or full of commotion. We all know there are many perks to having a dog, so we’re proud to offer a wide range of dog-friendly accommodation for you to choose from.

A holiday without the dog by your side just isn’t the same, so we’ve picked out three top dog-friendly holiday cottages to provide you with some holiday inspiration. If you are looking for an even wider choice, browse through our full range of pet-friendly accommodation in Scotland.

Here are three excellent pet-friendly getaways for you and your dog to discover.

A luxury dog-friendly cottage in the Scottish Highlands

The Shell at Ardtur

The Shell at Ardtur | Sleeps 10 | Argyll & Bute, Scotland

Your family, including canine companion (of course), would love The Shell at Ardtur. In fact, your extended family and their canine would fit too, for this delightfully presented house sleeps ten humans and your four-legged friend.

Why it’s great for dogs:

Dog and owner

A major plus for your canines would be the ease at which they could explore the local beach. A gentle stroll takes you to a shingle and sandy beach, perfect for ball chasing or if they are feeling brave, a dip in the sea.

However, if the weather takes a turn for the worst, the tree-lined private drive offers a wonderful rainy-day substitute location for a dog walk.

For those more active dog lovers amongst you, the local bike hire means that their walk can turn into a run. Try out the cycle track between Glencoe to Oban, which can be reached by crossing the nearby impressive Jubilee Footbridge and boardwalk over the tidal marshes.

About the cottage:

On your return to the house, the paved terrace provides a comfortable spot for those all-too-rare snoozes in the sun, with the huge glass-fronted sitting room capturing the sun’s rays so you can still enjoy the warmth even when there is an autumnal chill in the air. The central log burner is the ideal place to rest and recuperate after a day of excitement; the cloakroom makes for the perfect for a cosy, canine bed.

A pet-friendly lodge in a remote valley

Professors Cottage

Professors Cottage | Sleeps 6 | Achnasheen, Scotland

When holidaying with a dog there are certain requirements that are essential when helping your canine to have the time of their life, the most important being: space. For these canines that also prefer a bit of peace and quiet, Professors Cottage near Kinlochewe is the dream destination.

Located in the depths of a valley 3 miles down a rough track and on the edge of the Abhainn Bruachaig River, this cottage is a remote escape for all of the family to enjoy.

Why it’s great for dogs:

Loch Fada

Imagine the hours of exploring and adventures to be had by both children and doggo in the wildly remote, bracken-covered landscape, hopping stones across the river with the space to roam and run until their legs feel like jelly. Sometimes there is no better feeling than feeling truly lost in nature.

For a day to remember, pack a picnic (and the doggy treats) and tackle the 4.5-mile walk (not for the faint-hearted) to Loch Fada where there is a small boat with outboard motor, included in the rental of the cottage. And for the brave amongst you, but probably more for the canine companion, a brisk dip in the chilly waters makes you feel alive.

About the cottage:

Is there anything better than an afternoon by the loch with a picnic? How about a sky so full of stars so bright you feel you could reach out and touch them? You get all this with the telescope in the living room providing the chance to stargaze (admittedly, this is less interesting for the dog). Professors Cottage is pure escapism and not to be missed.

A cosy retreat on the Moray Coast that welcomes dogs

Daltullich dog-friendly holiday cottage

Daltullich Cottage | Sleeps 7 | Forres, Scotland

There is a superb opportunity to spot wildlife like deer, pheasants, red squirrels, birds of prey and hares from the comfort of this cottage - large windows running the length of the living room enable you to be David Attenborough from the comfort of the sofa.

Why it’s great for dogs:

Dog-friendly cottages in Scotland

The Morayshire countryside holds many delights for the exploring dog, from rugged moors in the Cairngorm National Park to the shingled beaches of the Moray coast, Daltullich Cottage is ideally situated to enjoy both. The delightful garden opens with a gate to access a river, providing ample opportunities to roam whilst staying close by if the weather changes your plans.

About the cottage:

The fantastic open fire provides the ideal spot for a comfortable night’s sleep or a cosy evening snooze for the weary explorers while the humans enjoy a glass of red wine. Keeping your canine companion downstairs is a must for Daltullich, but the oil-fired central heating will ensure a warm night, just make sure the kitchen is secure.

Holiday checklist for you and your dog

Dog holiday checklist

Holidaying with your dog can be easy, provided you have the space and comfort to do it in, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your dog is welcome too.

Every puppy parent knows should be prepared for their dog-friendly holiday to Scotland with the following items:

  • Dog bed – we all know that you get a better night’s sleep in your own bed.
  • Dog food – these cottages are self-catering after all.
  • Dog bowl – this can make or break a meal, you get used to your own things.
  • Poo bags – yup, self-explanatory.
  • Dog towel – there is nothing more essential after a long, wet, muddy, sandy, slobbery, exuberant walk!

Dog-friendly holidays in Scotland

Dogs are great companions and help you to appreciate the simple pleasures, which is exactly what holidays are all about!

Take a look through our full collection of dog-friendly holiday cottages in Scotland and find the perfect holiday home for your pet-friendly getaway.

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