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  • The beautiful grounds of Brodick Castle in summer, Isle of Arran
    The beautiful grounds of Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran
  • A fisherman and his dog at Loch Lomond, near Balmaha
    A fisherman and his dog at Loch Lomond, near Balmaha
  • People relaxing in Kelvingrove Park with the Main Building of the University of Glasgow in the background
    Looking towards the Main Building of the University of Glasgow, Kelvingrove Park
  • Sign post at Cream o' Galloway
    Sign post at Cream o' Galloway

Wherever you go in Scotland, you'll always find places that you and your dog can explore together. From picturesque country park to dedicated dog walks and animal friendly cafés, you'll be amazed at the number places you can enjoy with your pet.

  • Take a walk around Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow, a Victorian park on the banks of the River Kelvin and finish your stroll at the dog-friendly Pelican Café on Argyle Street, which provide dog bowls of water and food.

  • Enjoy delicious ice cream on a summer’s day at Cream o’ Galloway near Castle Douglas and head along the 0.75 mile dedicated dog walk, where you can let your dog off the lead and admire the young ash, oak and crab-apple trees. Some of the green and purple nature trails are also suitable for dogs.

  • See leaping salmon at the Hermitage and Black Linn Falls in Dunkeld, where you and your dog can enjoy a beautiful walk past the tallest Douglas Fir in Britain.

  • If you fancy a stroll along the sand, head to Seton Sands Beach in Longniddry, which has a specific dog exercise area.

  • Venture over to the Isle of Arran, which is home to the UK’s only island-based country park. Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park is great for dog walking and dogs are allowed into the garden.

  • Admire the plants and flowers of both Victoria and Westburn parks in Aberdeen, which are not only great for dog walking but are opposite each other so you enjoy a whole day out.

  • Take a walk around the former home of The Queen Mother, the Castle & Gardens of Mey, where dogs can be walked on a lead. There’s also a dedicated shaded dog parking area in the wood, if your dog needs a rest or you want to visit an area where you can’t take your pet.

  • Discover the history of printing at Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen - depending on other visitors, well-behaved dogs are welcome inside and water is available on request.
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