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Ambassadog – Scotland’s top dog!

It’s been two years since Glasgow’s Golden George was named as VisitScotland’s Ambassadog (or international canine ambassador) and he is still as busy as ever! From trekking to the isles for a splash in the waves, to walking coastal paths (and red carpets) and putting his paw of approval on many dog-friendly places across the country…. it’s all in a day’s work for George!

Read on for some recent adventures of our four-legged friend…

Glasgow’s Top Dog!

Back in February, George was the guest of honour in his home city at the 14th annual Glasgow Film Festival, for the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s film Isle of Dogs.  George was there to pose for pictures, meet film fans, as well as to sit and stay (just about) for the festival’s co-directors, Allison Gardner and Allan Hunter. He also met one of the film’s producers, Jeremy Dawson.  George gave the film five paws.  Watch George on the red carpet here.

It’s a dog’s Fife

George and his owners were invited to sample the delights of the Kingdom of Fife. With miles of stunning beaches on the Fife Coastal Path, a vast array of eateries and fascinating attractions in the forms of castles, palaces and abbeys, the region is perfect for pets as well as their owners. As part of their trip, George and his owners were given the chance to explore the region’s famous shores taking in the sites of Lady’s Tower and Elie Ness Lighthouse in the picturesque area of Elie and Earlsferry.  They also stayed in the lovely Catchpenny Safari Lodges, with great views out to sea.

The group then enjoyed a spot of lunch with Fife Ambassador, Christopher Trotter, along with his dogs, Mungo and Tilly.  The chef and food writer also demonstrated one of his delicious recipes for dogs to enjoy from the cookbook The Hairy Bakers!

Other locations visited include dinner at The Ship Inn and a pit stop at the Cheesy Toast Shack at Kingsbarns.  The group completed their weekend with a visit to the Victorian country house, Cambo Estate, situated in Kingsbarns. Built in 1881, the house lies at the heart of a 1200 acre country estate, and is home to a network of woodland walks, one of the finest walled gardens in Scotland and the dog-friendly Nosebag Café.

Home comforts

George received a special invite to stay at Eastside Cottages located on a working sheep farm, just 10 miles outside Edinburgh.  He was able to put his paw of approval on the dog-friendly accommodation, as well as to go on a few scenic walks in the area around the Pentland Hills.  There was plenty for George to check out on his stay at the cosy Steading cottage, including fields of heather, an enclosed garden, and the fresh country air.

Follow more of George’s adventures and travels across Scotland on his Instagram page.

Check out our pet-friendly holidays for more information on the places you can stay and the things you can do with your pooch to explore Scotland #ScotlandisNow.



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