Dog Friendly Cottages in Dumfries & Galloway: 10 Holidays

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A mecca for ramblers, anglers, foodies, cyclists and those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The best dog friendly cottages in Dumfries and Galloway are a popular choice with guests looking for a fantastic location to spend time with their pooch.

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Port William

This coastal cottage is perfect for couples, with gorgeous sea views from its large garden and patio area. Just a short walk from the beach, and several country footpaths, there’s lots to see in the local area, including a fabulous whiskey and gin distillery just 20 miles away.

Sandyhills

A stylish contemporary property with room for a couple and 2 dogs, this lovely coastal retreat features spectacular views over Sandyhills Bay. Enjoy relaxing in the private hot tub after exploring the scenic woodland trails of Southern Scotland.

Lockerbie

This luxurious detached cottage has one bedroom, one bathroom and an enclosed garden with furniture for sitting. It also has a woodburner, an electric car charging point onsite, a travel cot and off-road parking.

Moniaive

Located in the picturesque village of Moniaive, this stylish country property mixes traditional features with modern comforts, including a welcoming fire and beautiful timber beams. The enclosed garden is ideal for summer BBQs, and the local village is full of amenities.

Dumfries

Set in the idyllic village of Thornhill, this spacious cottage has plenty of room for a family of 4. Enjoy the roaring fire and private sauna, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring the local countryside trails, forests or a round of golf at the nearby 18-hole course.

Moffat

This homely barn conversion is the perfect romantic retreat, with space for 2 guests and up to 2 furry friends. Take in the fresh country air from the comfort of your private hot tub, or venture afield to visit the beautiful Ae Forest and the historic market towns of Moffat and Dumfries.

Kirkcowan

A charming property on the banks of the River Bladnoch, this home is ideal for keen anglers, with several local fishing spots to choose from. Just 7.5 miles from the Galloway Forest Park, there are countless scenic footpaths to explore before retreating home to curl up by the fire.

Lockerbie

This traditional stone cottage has room to sleep 5, with a spacious and inviting living space and a beautifully tranquil private garden. Enjoy trips to the Solway Firth and its spectacular coastline, or book a trip to the local gin and whiskey distilleries to soak in the local culture.

Portpatrick

A sizeable traditional barn conversion, with enough space to sleep 6, this is an excellent spot for larger families to set up base and explore the local beauty spots. Choose from botanical gardens or woodland trails before returning home to relax in the summer house and garden.

Dumfries

This detached single-storey property features its own enclosed garden, with room for up to 6 guests and 2 dogs to sprawl out and relax. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside before venturing out to explore the picturesque village of New Abbey.

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The Best Pet Friendly Holiday Cottages in Dumfries and Galloway

So, we have compiled a list of only our favourite dog friendly places to stay in Dumfries and Galloway. There is something for everyone from rural retreats to truly luxurious holiday accommodation, perhaps a lovely seaside holiday cottage. If you are looking for holiday inspiration, check out our hand-picked Dumfries and Galloway dog friendly cottages.

Here at DFG, we think this area is one of the best places to spend time with your furry friend and with so many options to choose from, you’d be barking mad not to consider one of the many holiday cottages in Dumfries and Galloway for dogs.

Whether you are looking for luxury accommodation close to amenities, somewhere with a swimming pool, a detached cottage in a secluded setting, a Castle Douglas log cabin or a cosy coastal cottage with stunning sea views, this county has it all.

About Holidays In Dumfries and Galloway With Dogs

Dumfries and Galloway is the perfect place to book a break, with pet friendly towns and villages aplenty along with great outdoor activities for all the family and spectacular scenery.

Fido will love sniffing out the best walks from the long-distance footpath that passes through St John’s Town of Dalry to the beautiful Threave Gardens at Castle Douglas.

Talking of Castle Douglas, known as the “Food Town”, there are plenty of places to eat and drink here that allow dogs such as The Mad Hatters, Masonic Arms and Market Inn and over 50 independent shops selling locally produced artisan bread, venison, cakes and seafood.

If you are looking for stunning sea views, fresh air and maybe a picnic in a sunny sheltered spot, then the lovely coastal walk between Kippford and the coastal village of Rockliffe is highly recommended.

Treat yourself to a spa day at Rural Swim close to Newton Stewart with its swimming pool, gym and treatments, explore the quirky bookshops in Wigtown or head to a nearby beach for a day by the sea.

It has activities galore too, from Horse-riding and golf, water skiing to Zorbing. Anglers will be in their element with endless fishing opportunities and cyclists love the countryside too.

Whatever your pleasure, you and your four-legged friend are guaranteed a memorable stay when you visit this stunning location.

Ellisland Farm

The former home of Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s most famous poet, this farm boasts a stunning setting beside the River Nith and it is where he wrote his most famous work Auld Lang Syne.

Find out about the life of Burns at the farmhouse and museum and revel in the tranquil countryside that inspired him with a leisurely hour’s stroll along the banks of the river, where you may spy kingfishers, jumping salmon and maybe even the resident family of otters. Definitely, a Dumfries and Galloway gem not to be missed.

Galloway Forest Park

The largest forest park in the Country, this natural Dumfries and Galloway attraction is perfect for a day out and picnic with your canine companion. Bursting with wildlife, you may have to keep your pooch on lead in certain places as there may be young deer.

There are several trails for all abilities and 2 excellent cafe’s where you can rest weary paws and enjoy a bite to eat. One at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre a mile and a half from Newton Stewart and the other at Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, Castle Douglas overlooking the dark sky park, perfect for star-gazing.

Cream of Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas

A must when you visit Scotland. Dogs are allowed in most areas, including the nature trails, picnic areas and garden and there is a huge enclosed area where they can run and play, off lead,

Of course, they can’t go into the ice-cream parlour or the guided tour for hygiene reasons but worry not there are picnic tables in a sheltered area where the whole family can tuck into a delicious ice-cream sundae, and with names like the “2 scoop cheeky monkey”, “Braveheart Blockbuster” and “4 scoop sugar rush” who can resist?

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That’s why we have searched some of the largest cottage providers in the country to bring you a selection of the best pet friendly cottages in Dumfries and Galloway.

What are you waiting for? Pack your suitcase, lead and dog bed and head to Scotland, for a memorable holiday. 

Take a look at other great Scottish cottages for dogs over here on this page.

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