Scotland is the perfect place for you and your pooch to get out and explore all the amazing things to see, do, and experience. And with an array of pet-friendly accommodation, Scotland is a great choice for a staycation or short break, with many dog-friendly locations, attractions and more to enjoy on your travels too.
Up and down the country, Scotland offers hundreds of cosy B&B accommodation options that welcome dogs, from Greystones B&B in Kingussie and the back-to-nature Newton Farm Holidays in Angus, to magnificent island escapes and more. There’s plenty to choose from and many offer extras such as dog bowls, treats and dog beds, so keeping reading to see which one takes your fancy.
1. Parkhead House, South Queensferry
This 4-star award-winning B&B is nestled away in the countryside of South Queensferry. Just 15 minutes from Edinburgh Airport and with various transport links into Edinburgh city centre, Parkhead House is the perfect spot for you and your pooch to enjoy the glorious Scottish scenery whilst exploring all the city highlights. If you’re an Outlander fan, you’re in the right spot. Offering many filming locations on your doorstep, as well as being only a short walk from Midhope Castle, also known as ‘Lallybroch’ in the series.
Well behaved pups are very welcome here with both the front and rear gardens fenced off and safe, as well as many lovely dog walking routes available nearby. Edinburgh boasts many dog-friendly attractions and lovely places to eat that you can tuck into after a tiring day of exploring.
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2. Newton Farm Holidays, Angus
If you’re looking for a unique farm stay for your holiday outdoors with your pooch, Newton Farm Holidays is an ideal place to be. Tucked away in the Angus countryside, book a stay in their cosy 4-star farmhouse B&B. Previous winner of ‘Most Hospitable B&B in Scotland’ in 2019, you’ll be well looked after, with magnificent panoramic views, ensuite family rooms, freshly cooked breakfasts, friendly next door neighbour farm animals and more to enjoy.
Visit nearby Glamis Castle and Dunnottar Castle for a fun day out, explore Dundee with many attractions and places to see, or soak up time away from the city with nature walks and days at the beach with your pup. You can also enjoy fun things to do on the farm too. With an array of animals to see and learn about, why not venture on an alpaca walking tour, or an educational farm experience?
If you are bringing along your furry friend, please let the owners know in advance and make sure they are well behaved around the animals.
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3. Greystones B&B, Kingussie
Head to Kingussie where Greystones B&B offers a pleasant stay in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. This is the perfect playground for you and your pooch to get outdoors, with miles upon miles of woodland trails, glistening lochs, mountain paths and more to explore, you’ll never be lost for something to do. This pet-friendly B&B boasts a characterful atmosphere, with a mix of warmth, comfort, and modern facilities to make your stay here extra enjoyable. Take a wander through the surrounding gardens where you may see some wildlife including red squirrels, roe deer and even the occasional buzzard.
From Kingussie, head into Aviemore, a bustling Highland town, enjoy the immaculate scenery at Loch Morlich, or head further north to Carrbridge, Granton on Spey and Nethy Bridge – no matter where you decide to explore with your furry friend, you’ll be met by incredible landscapes and endless things to do.
Please let the owners know in advance if you’re bringing your pooch on holiday with you.
4. Gowanlea Guesthouse, Balloch
Tucked away in the glorious landscapes of Balloch in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, Gowanlea Guesthouse offers a warm and welcoming stay for you and your canine companion. Enjoy a comfortable getaway with hundreds of things to see and do in the surrounding area. From watersports and lochside strolls at Loch Lomond, and conquering Ben Lomond, to woodland paths and iconic attractions, you’ll have plenty to get your paws into on a pet-friendly break here.
Just minutes from the southern shores of Loch Lomond, make a splash with your pooch and explore all that this stunning and iconic area has to offer.
Explore Loch Lomond & The Trossachs.
5. Abbotshaw House B&B, Scottish Borders
Relax and unwind in the delightful rooms at Abbotshaw House Farm B&B in the Scottish Borders. This private country estate is situated in the Liddesdale Valley and boasts an unspoilt landscape that is ideal for walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, and star-gazing. Your pup will feel right at home with an expansive 360 acres of woodland and farmland to explore, as well as a mile stretch of private river to splash around in. Snuggle down in your ensuite room featuring magnificent views, luxury king-size beds, a rustic charm, complimentary toiletries and more to make your stay that bit more enjoyable.
Dogs are welcome, but are not permitted in the bedrooms.
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6. Sealladh na Mara Luxury B&B, Elgol, Isle of Skye
Enjoy a delightful stay in the southern corners of the Isle of Skye. Sealladh na Mara Luxury B&B offers a relaxing stay in one of the most scenic places in the Scottish Highlands. Featuring two spacious ensuite rooms, equipped with luxurious king-size beds and flat screen TVs, alongside all the essentials you need. You can also enjoy the residents’ sitting room too, which boasts a large coal-burning fireplace, hard-wood flooring, and large windows to allow you to make the most of the view.
Your canine companion is more than welcome to stay too, and on an island like Skye, you’ll have hundreds of opportunities to explore all the island has to offer. From miles of sandy shores and glistening beaches, to magnificent land formations like The Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr, to immersing yourself in local island culture and way of life, and visiting the easily-recognisable Tobermory, where you can tuck into freshly cooked fish & chips.
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7. Scaurbridge House B&B, Dumfries & Galloway
Situated in the picturesque Dumfries & Galloway, Scaurbridge House B&B is conveniently located for those travelling from Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Ayr and boasts a luxury stay nestled away in the peaceful countryside. This Georgian house is an ideal place to unwind and soak in the nature of your surroundings. Complete with delicious breakfasts, a welcoming atmosphere, a romantic log fire, stunning country gardens, and the Lowther Hills on your doorstep, you and your pooch will have everything you need for your dog-friendly holiday.
Get outdoors with your pup and explore the rolling hills and valleys of south Scotland. You’ll be in an ideal spot to head out walking, birdwatching, and visit a wealth of attractions that delve into the area’s history, culture, heritage and more.
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8. Ardconnel B&B, Kirkwall
Enjoy a stay at this friendly, family-run B&B just one mile from the town of Kirkwall on Orkney. Ardconnel B&B boasts a modern stay surrounded by stunning island landscapes and is the perfect getaway for you and your furry friend. With fully equipped ensuite rooms to suit families and solo travellers, you’ll have everything you need to make your stay perfect and cosy. Enjoy picturesque views over Kirkwall Harbour and bay, and relax in the pretty garden as you watch the sun set on the horizon.
Orkney is an immaculate island with mounds of history and hundreds of things to get your paws stuck into. From ancient sites and untouched landscapes, to Viking heritage, fresh local seafood, and a wealth of fascinating attractions to visit, you won’t be lost on a day trip out around Orkney.
Dogs are welcome with prior arrangement and an extra small charge.
9. Hayhoull B&B, Shetland
Escape from it all with a trip to Shetland. One of the most remote corners of Scotland, it’s the perfect place for you and your pooch to explore at your own pace, relax and reset on your trip away. Book a stay at Hayhoull B&B on the west side of Shetland, an ideal place to be if you’re looking to explore the southern landscapes of the island. This beautiful B&B boasts unrestricted views of St Ninian’s Isle, just a 5-minute walk away, which is an ideal spot for walking, wildlife watching and exploring historic attractions. With stuning beaches nearby, you and your canine companion can enjoy a splash in the crisp sea water, admire the sun rise and set, or just relax on the golden sands.
Pets are welcome by prior arrangement.
NorthLink Ferries are now offering a new and comfortable way to travel to Orkney and Shetland with your pets. Vessels MV Hamnavoe, MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey each offer two pet-friendly cabins onboard that retain the same high quality and comfort as NorthLink’s suite of other cabin types, with side-by-side lower twin beds, and en-suite facilities, as well as a water bowl and dog treat for your pup.
This is just a taste of all the amazing dog-friendly B&Bs Scotland has to offer. Explore more dog-friendly B&Bs and start planning your Scottish holiday with your pooch.
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