Dumfries and Galloway Dog Friendly Cottages

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

Dog Friendly Cottages
in Dumfries and Galloway

Sleeps 2
1 Bedrooms
2 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

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.

Sleeps 2
1 Bedrooms
1 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

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.

Sleeps 4
1 Bedrooms
1 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

This gorgeous detached cottage lies in a peaceful area of countryside, with a wraparound garden and warming wood-burning fire. Ideal as a romantic getaway for a couple and up to 2 dogs to enjoy the spectacular local landscape of this 9,000-acre country estate.

Sleeps 2
1 Bedrooms
2 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

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.

Sleeps 4
2 Bedrooms
2 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

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.

Sleeps 2
1 Bedrooms
2 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

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.

Sleeps 4
2 Bedrooms
2 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

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.

Sleeps 5
3 Bedrooms
2 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 2

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.

Sleeps 6
3 Bedrooms
1 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 2

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.

Sleeps 6
3 Bedrooms
1 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 2

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.

Sleeps 6
3 Bedrooms
Pets Yes
Bathrooms 2

Rowan Cottage

Close to amenities, this charming end-terrace boasts a lovely dog-friendly garden where Fido and any children can play safely; the ground floor is bright and cheerful with a tranquil sunroom ideal for your morning cuppa. Spend days exploring the many attractions Dumfries and Galloway has to offer, followed by cosy nights in front of the wood-burning stove, watching a movie. 

Sleeps 3
2 Bedrooms
Pets Yes
Bathrooms 1

The Coach House

Ideally placed to explore the delights of Dumfries and Galloway, this former coach house is a lovely romantic retreat. The pub and the local shop is a stone’s throw away and there is an 18-hole golf course and no less than 5 lochs nearby, ideal if you are into water sports or fishing. The ground floor comprises the kitchen whilst the first-floor sitting room takes advantage of the views, as does the lovely dog-friendly garden. 

Sleeps 2
1 Bedrooms
Pets Yes
Bathrooms 1

Old Sawmill Cottage

Yes, Castle Douglas riverside cottages can be dog-friendly and The Old Sawmill cottage just outside the town in Dumfries and Galloway is an ideal romantic getaway. Relax in the cosy sitting room with a wood-burning stove, or enjoy a drink in the secluded garden overlooking the river. The double walk-in shower room, super kingsize bed and characterful interior make this one of our top Galloway cottages for couples. 

Sleeps 4
2 Bedrooms
Pets Yes
Bathrooms 1

Simply Suite

Enjoy breathtaking views and tranquillity when you book this wonderful ground floor apartment in a rural location overlooking Carlingwark Loch. The well-equipped kitchen fulfils all your self-catering needs. You can tuck into the fruits of your labour at the family dining table or dine alfresco on the decking, alternatively stroll into town for a meal. Yes, Castle Douglas really does live up to its reputation as a Food Town. 

Sleeps 4
2 Bedrooms
Pets Yes
Bathrooms 1

Millwheel Cottage

Offering simple holiday accommodation on the Threave Garden and Estate, Dumfries and Galloway, surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, fabulous gardens and a host of wildlife. There is a shop, visitor centre and cafe a short walk from your front door, along with a bat reserve and Osprey Platform. Oozing character, with its antique furniture and beamed ceilings, this white-washed stone-built cottage is a real gem. 

Sleeps 4
2 Bedrooms
1 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

Gled Cottage

Located just 7 miles from Newton Stewart, this cosy cottage is nestled in the former fishing village of Cree Town, home to a post office, village shop, and Gem Rock Museum. Boasting immaculate 5-star self-catering dog-friendly accommodation, the open plan living space offers underfloor heating ideal for cosy nights in front of the wood-burner. Available all year round, this is one of our favourite properties in Dumfries and Galloway. 

Sleeps 4
2 Bedrooms
Pets Yes
Bathrooms 2

Sweetheart Cottage

Southern Scotland holiday homes don’t get much better than this single-storey cottage; One of ten wonderful countryside abodes offering a fantastic option for family and group get-togethers, Sweetheart Cottage boasts a lovely enclosed garden with its own BBQ and hot tub. It is ideally located to discover sandy beaches along with the countless dog-friendly activities on offer in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. 

Sleeps 4
2 Bedrooms
Pets Yes
Bathrooms 2

Shetland Cottage

Named after the ponies which graze the surrounding areas of this delightful sheep farm a couple of miles from Dalbeattie, this dog-friendly property offers tastefully decorated interiors along with a lovely outdoor space that even includes a bubbling hot tub, ideal for relaxing evenings. You are guaranteed a wonderful holiday in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, when you choose Shetland Cottage.

Sleeps 2
1 Bedrooms
1 Pets Welcome
Bathrooms 1

Badger Cottage

Finished to a high standard throughout and boasting a dog-friendly garden, this delightful converted farm building is a real winner. Kids will love the donkeys, pigs, sheep and free-range chickens on this working farm; Fido will love the long walks in stunning rural scenery and adults will love evenings spent relaxing in the soothing bubbles of their own private hot tub with a glass of something chilled. 

Sleeps 6
3 Bedrooms
Pets Yes
Bathrooms 2

Glen View

Nestled in a secluded position surrounded by a 100-acre forest, this detached cottage in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, is perfect for a peaceful family getaway. Bursting with character, The property has been lovingly refurbished throughout; the spacious conservatory is the ideal place to enjoy a morning coffee and plan your day, be it walking the local hills or exploring the many delights Dumfries and Galloway has to offer. 

Sleeps 4
2 Bedrooms
Pets Yes
Bathrooms 1

79 Laurel Bank

This superbly presented traditional cottage located in Gatehouse of Fleet is just a 5-minutes from the coast and perfectly situated to explore the Southern Upland area, with its many dog-friendly attractions. Or even the Lake District. The interior is a mix of traditional and contemporary and there is plenty of space for the whole family, including the dog, to relax. The enclosed garden is perfect for Fido to chase a frisbee. 

Sleeps 6
3 Bedrooms
Pets Yes
Bathrooms 3

The Middle Byre

Resting on a working farm close to Galloway Forest Park and beautiful beaches, this Scotland cottage offers the best of both worlds and, with your own private hot tub, a little bit of indulgence too. Surrounded by open countryside, there are countless dog-friendly walks right from the doorstep, and you’d be hard pushed to find a family property priced lower. 

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Activities & Things To Do

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?

The Best Pet Friendly Holiday Cottages in Dumfries and Galloway

So, we have compiled a list of the best of the best. 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 below.

Here at DFG, we think Dumfries and Galloway 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 it for your next dog-friendly staycation whatever the time of year.

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 dog-friendly 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 in Dumfries and Galloway 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.

Dumfries and Galloway 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 Dumfries and Galloway countryside too.

Whatever your pleasure, you and your four-legged friend are guaranteed a memorable stay when you visit Dumfries and Galloway. 

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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 holiday homes Dumfries and Galloway has to offer.

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

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