7 Top Dog Friendly Days Out in Northern Highlands

The Northern Highlands is out in the sticks and a fair distance from any major cities, however because of that it provides fantastic scenic views and the ideal rural getaway. Dog friendly days out in the Northern Highlands are becoming very popular due to the remoteness.

The Best Places To Take Dogs in Northern Highlands

If your after the ultimate rural retreat away from civilisation, then the Northern Highlands could be the place for you. With limited access to major cities, here you can just spend time with your loved ones and your pets.

Dog Friendly attractions in the Northern Highlands are great as there are so many ways to spend time like coastal walks and open countryside for you and your pet to both enjoy. You can also browse the pet friendly pubs in the Northern Highlands.

Activities & Things to Do

Find below 7 of the best days out in Northern Highlands for dogs

1. Head for Durness

The most north westerly part of the UK mainland accessible by road, Durness is a visitor attraction like no other. There’s only a twisting country road in and out, but you and your dog will be glad you took it. The coastline of this dramatic headland stretches out into the Atlantic, and the limestone cliffs hid some superb, pristine sandy beaches which your furry friend will just love exploring. In Balnakeil, you’ll find a welcoming cafe and restaurant overlooking Loch Croispol, then Durness Golf Club to the west of that.

2. Experience Corrieshalloch Gorge

Managed by the National Trust for Scotland, this visitor attraction is a must see for anyone staying in the Northern Highlands. The gorge is the result of the River Droma cutting its way through the surrounding rock, to a depth of over 100 metres over its length. There are some dramatic waterfalls to see, the most impressive being the Falls of Measach. There is a suspension bridge to cross if you’re brave enough, and you can take your canine companion on either of the two managed trails which skirt the gorge. The sights are unforgettable, and there’s a picnic area.

3. Must see Eilean Donan Castle

Possibly the most iconic castle in the whole of Scotland, this dramatic structure has to be seen to be believed. Dating back to the 13th Century, and restored many times since, the Castle sits on a tidal island at the meeting point of two Scottish lochs. Although dogs are not allowed to cross the bridge which leads to the Castle itself, the surrounding area is perfect for doggie walks at low tide. Covering many acres, when the tide’s out your canine companion will have plenty to keep it happy, while you take in the amazing scenery.

4. Enjoy Ullapool

Very much a hidden gem for the moment, Ullapool is well worth a visit. A fishing village which doubles as a tourist attraction and port, there are lots of dog friendly walks to take around its shores and into the fabulous surrounding countryside. In the summer, you’ll find buzzing culture, including live music, to enjoy. There are some surprising cafes, shops and restaurants appearing on the waterfront, to complement the permanent museum celebrating the village’s history. You can also get the ferry to Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis.

5. Roam the Torridon Hills

Overlooking Upper Loch Torridon on the west coast, this relatively small (for the Highlands) range of hills / mountains are both a sight to behold and a chance to see what you and your four legged friend are made of. With some peaks over 3,000 feet high, you could see some views of the north western UK that very few other people ever will. With only one main road in and out, check the weather conditions before you even set off in the car. In the right conditions, however, the rewards are unique.

6. Visit John O’Groats

As a world famous location in its own right, a stay in the Northern Highlands should take in John O’Groats, if you’re not too far away. The most northerly point of the island of Great Britain, the village is surrounded by water and has some fabulous walks for you and pooch to enjoy. Duncansby Head is easiest to get to, and will amaze you with its limestone peaks carved out by the sea.

7. Visit the Islands

The Northern Highlands offer the chance to take the ferry across to some of Scotland’s beautiful islands, and you should be able to take your well behaved and controlled pet with you. Even better, your furry friend travels for no extra charge. Ferries leave for the Inner and Outer Hebrides regularly throughout the day, at all times of the year. From Iona to Sky, Kintyre and Arran, to North and South Uist, Harris and Lewis, the Scottish Islands are there waiting to enjoy.

Looking at Visiting the Area

Dog-friendly places in the Northern Highlands can be found everywhere which is just as well considering it is a favourite for holidaymakers and their canine companions. With that in mind, we have compiled some of the best pet-friendly accommodation in the Highlands 

Holiday Cottages 

Family houses, romantic escapes, homes for sport-loving groups of friends, we have selected a great range of pet friendly cottages in the Northern Highlands you’ll love to return to at the end of each day. 

Log Cabins 

Offering peace and tranquillity in beautiful surroundings these pet friendly log cabins in the Northern Highlands are hard to beat.