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11 Pawesome dog-friendly days out in Scotland

Thinking about “embarking” on a dog-friendly holiday in Scotland? Or simply looking for a fun day out for you and your pooch? Look no further! We’ve got plenty of ideas for dog-friendly activities to enjoy and places to go in Scotland, as recommended by our cute furry friends over on Instagram.


How can you resist Scotland’s stunning beaches, as modelled here by rachie_ps‘s four-legged friend at Luskentyre Sands on Harris?


And then there are the lochs, dogs find them pretty exciting too! Check out ruruglasvegas‘s doggy who’s about to make a splash in Loch Lomond.


Enjoying a day @culzean.castle 

A photo posted by 🐾 Miss Maisy 🐾 (@miss__maisy) on Apr 20, 2016 at 4:41am PDT

You can even take a regal walk in the grounds of many of Scotland’s castles, like Miss Maisy, snapped here at Culzean Castle & Country Park.  Castle ruins are great for exploring too says Casper the Wee White Dug at Dunskey Castle:


Jetdug with ben cruachan in the background, 2 munros done yesterday on what felt like a summers day in October! A photo posted by Harry Cunningham (@harryc7) on Oct 17, 2015 at 11:15pm PDT

Adventurous dogs just can’t get enough of the mountains. Here’s a photo taken by Harry Cunningham of Jet having a well-earned rest up Beinn a’Chochuill.

Places to stay

Thinking about my holiday @skyeshepherdess last year, great fun woof A photo posted by Cluanie (@cluanie) on Apr 11, 2016 at 12:21pm PDT

After a day of walking, sniffing, and investigating, every pooch needs some great dog-friendly accommodation to rest their heads in. Cluanie the jack russel has struck lucky at Skye Shepard Huts.


Tree dweller. A photo posted by Eddie (@edward_the_tt) on Apr 10, 2016 at 5:04am PDT

Rooting about amongst the trees in Scotland’s forests and woodlands comes naturally to dogs – just ask Edward the Tibetan Terrier, pictured here at Tyningham Bay.


Cassie at Finnich Glen, this place is just magical. A photo posted by Dan (@ruitheadair_dan) on Apr 10, 2016 at 1:49pm PDT

Don’t forget the gorgeous glens! Cassie found this magical spot just north of Glasgow in Finnich Glen. Photo taken by Dan.

Historic attractions

Many ruins also welcome dogs, so you can get your history fix with your furry friend in tow. fergus_the_sprollie here is very interested in the spiritual past of Dryburgh Abbey, as it happens.

Eating and drinking

All that activity can make a dog-friendly day out tiring! Maud here, at Bert’s Bar in Edinburgh, recommends planning a break at café, pub, or restaurant that welcomes pets.


Anyone play golf? Me at #sunrise on the green at the #oldcourse #standrews in the #homeofgolf  A photo posted by Sally the Samoyed (@babydirewolf) on Nov 27, 2015 at 3:41pm PST

You read that right! Even some of Scotland’s most prestigious golf courses can be visited by dogs. Sammy the Samoyed, snapped at the Old Course in St Andrews, advises sticking to paths and staying on leads.


Looking out for my daddy on the SUP A photo posted by Zakky Boy (@zantestrayzak) on Mar 24, 2016 at 4:53am PDT

Whether you’re canoeing, sailing or surfing, a dog with sea-legs will love it. Here’s Zakky Boy showing how it’s done at Peninver – check out his wee lifejacket!

More doggy delights

If you adore dogs and love Scotland then keep an eye out for news about VisitScotland’s Ambassadog – we reckon it’ll be right up your street! Or if ponies are more your thing, then make sure that you check out our recent post about horsing around in Scotland.

Check out our 10 dog-friendly accommodations that will get tails wagging for ideas on places to stay in Scotland.

Got a pic of your pup having a tail-wagging adventure in Scotland? We’d love to see it – share via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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