A country of great contrasts, Scotland is one of the most stunning areas in Britain. Bustling and vibrant cities lie just a short drive from the wonderful coastline, wide open moorlands, and hundreds of mountains, making this country an ideal spot for dog lovers. The famous Cairngorms National Park is an obvious choice when taking your dog up north, however, there are endless options when taking your pet on holiday to Scotland. The Angus Glens, the Grampians, and the forests of Galloway are a playground for hikers and dogs alike. Even the countless islands dotted around the coast of Scotland conjure up opportunities for a dog-friendly vacation. Below is a brief overview of some of the best locations for a dog-friendly UK holiday up north.
A coastal county, Fife has much to offer those seeking a dog-friendly holiday in the UK. Quiet and quaint fishing villages dot the county, providing the perfect place to take a quiet stroll with your best friend. These small villages are well-known for their per-friendly pubs, accommodation, and attractions, allowing you to bring your dog everywhere with you. The endless number of scenic walks offer open grassland and long beaches for your pet to enjoy and stunning scenery to see during the walks.
A truly wonderful place to visit, the Highlands provide wonderful glens and mountains, beautiful lochs, and numerous islands. This is surely what heaven would look like to a dog with endless fun opportunities for your companion. There are six main regions in the Highlands to explore; Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn, Skye and Lochalsh, Moray Speyside, the Cairngorms National Park, and Fort William and Lochaber. There is also plenty of cultural and historical intrigue in the region including the famous Loch Ness Monster, the highest peak in Britain – Ben Nevis, and the backdrop for the filming of countless films including Harry Potter and Braveheart.
Dumfries and Galloway
An area of countless activities, endless walks, and incredible scenery, Dumfries and Galloway is an excellent option for dog-friendly holidays. Located in the south-west of Scotland, the area stretches from the east coast all the way to the west coast and encompasses most of the best walks Scotland has to offer. Start your vacation in Gretna Green and work your way across open highlands and scenic walks to Portpatrick in the west.
Oban and North Argyll
Known as the seafood capital of the world, Oban and North Argyll has much to offer dogs and their owners. Characterised by miles upon miles of Forestry Commission maintained walks, the region is close to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. From here you can hop on board a dog-friendly ferry over to the Isle of Mull and discover the rich tradition and history of the island, including its latest famous export – the television show Balamory. The region is also a great stepping stone to nearby Kerrera, Lismore, and Coll of the Inner Hebrides.