5 Luxury Dog-friendly Cottages in Scotland
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Large Dog-friendly cottages in Scotland
From the natural drama of The Highlands to the wild beauty of the west coast, Scotland is a country that demands to be explored. And explore it you can, along with your favourite four-legged companion, when you stay in one of our large dog-friendly cottages. Scotland is doggie heaven, with forest floors to snuffle, glistening lochs to splash about in and mountains to climb. And with the most extensive rights to roam in the UK, it’s a great destination for a holiday.
Our selection of luxury dog-friendly cottages in Scotland has everything you want for your Caledonian escape. From handsome hunting lodges to gorgeous Georgian villas, they enjoy sweeping views, luxurious home comforts and welcoming Scottish hospitality.
Choose your perfect house so that everything’s in place for the dog, whether that’s a big boot rooms for towelling down or a cosy kitchen aga, creating just the right atmosphere for the post-walk snooze. And while the dog takes a nap, you can relax in front of a movie in the cinema room, check out the games room, or sink into a luxury hot tub and watch the stars come out.
Carron Castle in the Kingdom of Fife is everything you imagine a Scottish castle to be - and more. It’s a magnificent, Scottish Baronial chateau, where full-length family portraits, crystal chandeliers and four-poster beds set the scene for a memorable country escape.
from £9,000 for a weekend break
If your picture of a Scottish hunting lodge includes ivy-clad stone walls, leather Chesterfields and a cosy piano bar, then Cromarty House will live up to your expectations. Throw in an outdoor hot tub, mirror TV and integrated music system, and ensuite bedrooms with rainfall showers, and you have all the ingredients for your perfect Highland gathering.
from £5,995 for a weekend break
Loch Lomond House
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
For the true essence of Scotland, where the mountains and forests sweep down to Loch Lomond and yet Glasgow airport is under an hour away, make Loch Lomond House your Highland base. Soak up the views from the terrace before turning indoors to this welcoming sanctuary.
from £3,721 for a weekend break
How to make your dog-friendly stay in Scotland extra special
Energetic dogs and their happy owners can bag Munros in the Trossachs, explore the Perthshire countryside or scale summits in the Cairngorms. Back at base, most of our Scotland cottages have acres of gardens and estates to explore, with panoramic views for you, and exciting terrain for the dog. When you’re all pleasantly tired, make life easy by taking advantage of extras like full catering and concierge service at Cailean House, or sinking into the 7-seater hot tub at Loch Tay Lodge, or enjoying indulgent spa treatments wherever you stay, with our recommended therapists. We can arrange everything for you when your book your cottage.
Frequently asked Questions
Is Scotland dog friendly?
Scotland is very welcoming to dogs. It’s perfect for dog walking, with huge wide open spaces, lochs and rivers, mountains and forests, and often hardly a soul to be seen. Many of the best attractions are dog friendly, from the historic Inverary Jail to the gardens at Scone Palace, where many of Scotland kings were crowned. Bring the dog, you can’t let them miss Scotland!
What to do in Scotland with dogs?
It’s all about the great outdoors. Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with huge forests, such as Queen Elizabeth Forest Park at the gateway to the Highlands, mountain ranges to explore, such as the Cairngorms, and sparkling lochs with waterside trails, such as Loch Tay in Perthshire. Find deserted beaches on the west coast and bustling seaside towns on the East Coast, all welcoming to our four-legged friends. Visit the magnificent Kelpies, explore Edinburgh, with a trip up Arthur’s Seat to tire out the dog, or steam up Loch Katrine on the Sir Walter Scott steamship.
Are dogs allowed on beaches in Scotland?
With nearly 12,000 miles of coastline and hundreds of beaches, it’s not hard to find a beach in Scotland that’s dog-friendly! Most seaside towns in Scotland have dog-friendly areas on the beach, or whole beaches that are dog-friendly. Some have restrictions in the summer months but there’s always another beach nearby where the dog can run free. Try West Sands near At. Andrews, famous for featuring in Chariots of Fire, or Ganavan Sands near Oban on the west coast, with views across to the Isle of Mull.
Are dogs allowed on buses in Scotland?
The general rule is that dogs are allowed on buses in Scotland but it is likely to be at the discretion of the driver and, of course, the dog must be kept firmly under control. Our advice is to check with the bus company before you travel.
Where can I stay with my dog in Scotland by the beach and sea?
Our dog-friendly cottages in Scotland are selected especially for large groups and you can spend a day at the coast quite easily when you stay at one. Loch Lomond House is in the ideal position to explore the west coast, where the rugged coastline shelters hidden beaches you and the dog will love. Our Perthshire properties, Cailean House and Loch Tay Lodge are more central but you can choose either the east or west coast for a day out. Stay at Cromarty House for a trip to the seaside town of Nairn and, further round the coast, head to Lossiemouth to spot the dolphins. Both have dog friendly beaches.
Can I take my dog to Scotland from England?
Yes. Scotland and England are both part of the UK and there are no restrictions on travelling with pets between them.