Scotland is a country of great landscapes with its stunning coastline, open mountains and seemingly endless forests, it’s all just perfect for walking and spending time with your dog. As to be expected there are some truly unique and amazing places to explore with your four-legged pals but there are also areas that are out of bounds for conservation and science-related reasons. However, this still leaves an almighty proportion of the 30,420 square miles of Scotland to be enjoyed by responsible dog owners.
The highlands are a dog owner’s heaven, with its striking mountains and deep glens, bewitching lochs, and stunning islands. The Highlands are made up of Skye and Lochalsh, the Cairngorms National Park, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn, the North Highlands, Moray Speyside, and Fort William and Lochaber. The Highlands are home to Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, and the mythical Loch Ness Monster.
Known as ‘the gateway to Scotland’, with its castles, abbeys and stately homes, there’s lot of areas to take your dog. The River Tweed bisects the region and lots of trekkers favour the Southern Upland Way. There’s also the Borders Abbeys Way, a 64-mile route which takes in the ruined abbeys of Jedburgh and Melrose.
Discover Fife at a milder pace. Visit the quaint fishing villages dotted along the coastline or delve into the past with a trip to historic towns such as St Andrews or Dunfermline. With so many scenic walks and lots of pet-friendly pubs and waterside trails, dogs make the perfect travelling companions when visiting Fife.
Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway has stunning scenery, presenting endless walking opportunities for you and your dog. Dumfries and Galloway is situated in the south-west of Scotland, and stretches all the way from Gretna Green in the east to the seaside town of Portpatrick to the west.
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
Just perfect for spending time with the canines, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park has many suitable picturesque trails. The Trossachs was Scotland’s first national park, comprising 720 square miles of mountains, glens, and lochs. Loch Lomond is also the UK’s largest fresh water lake. The whole region is within easy reach of Glasgow too.
Oban and North Argyll
The seafood capital of the world, this region offers dogs miles of Forestry Commission maintained routes. The Ben Nevis range, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are all within reasonable driving distance. The Isle of Mull can be reached by ferry from North Argyll. From Oban you can also reach the Inner Hebrides: Coll, Tiree, Lismore and Kerrera.
We have some lovely cottages that welcome dogs, so take a look at our collection.
Please consult the Scottish Access Code which contains specific guidance for dog owners that plan to take their pets with them into rural areas.