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Dog Friendly Cottages In Scotland

Are you on the lookout for dog friendly cottages in Scotland and beyond? With Scotland being such a vast and verdant land, there are tons of great experiences and holiday opportunities for you and your dogs to explore here. Therefore, why not take a looking into a self catering holiday beyond the Scottish borders?

Whether you’re looking for open plan living on the ground floor or just somewhere for you to get easy access to the best walks around lochs and rivers alike, we’ve lined up some of the best loved holiday cottages pet owners and dog walkers alike adore.

The Best Pet Friendly Holiday Cottages in Scotland

Finding the best dog friendly self-catering experiences in Scotland doesn’t have to be tricky. However, there is an awful lot of choice out there! Take it from us – while pet holidays really have opened up in Scotland, more choice can often make things that little bit more complex.

So, if you are looking for friendly cottages that will both welcome your pup and help make things easy on your bank balance, you’re in the right place. Take a look through our list of favourites and see if there are any spots which really take your fancy. Simple!

Lydia Cottage in Cromarty

A classically presented cottage in Cromarty, this holiday base sleeps 2 guests and offers 1 bedroom (a twin). There is room for 2 pets here providing they are well behaved. There are two floors and a spiral staircase, as well as a sitting room complete with its own open fire. There is also a separate shower room with its own double shower.

The first of several dog friendly cottages on our list gives you clear access to the National Trust site of Cromarty, and you are on the grounds of its old fire station! There are lovely walks in the local area and you can explore the town centre.
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Branklyn Cottage in Perth

Branklyn Cottage is a big dog friendly breakaway offering space for 4 guests and 2 dogs. This 2 bedroom cottage offers a shared utility space, an open plan living room, a shower room with toilet and basin, and all of your towels and bed linen included in the price. There is also off road parking nearby.

Backing into acres of greenery at Branklyn Garden, this self catering holiday spot offers access to arts and crafts protected by the National Trust. There are also lots of walks along the riverside in local Perth.
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Harmony Cottage in Melrose

Harmony Cottage sleeps 4 guests in 2 twin bedrooms, and offers a kitchen and dining room, as well as sitting room furniture. There is central heating throughout, and you will also have access to a small garden. You can bring 2 dogs to stay with you here, and there is also baby furniture and facilities available to hire.

This wonderful holiday nook offers fantastic access to the Harmony Garden, a National Trust site that really does deserve a closer look. Please keep in mind, however, that you will not be able to bring dogs into the Trust site itself.
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Kellocks Cottage in Biggar

This 1 bedroom domicile based out in South Lanarkshire sleeps 3 people for a cosy family holiday. The cottage welcomes 2 pets and there is Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The bedroom is kingsize and there is also provision for a sofa bed. You will find a shower room on the ground floor, and you have access to a wood burner as well as electric central heating.

This pet friendly escape puts you on the doorstep of Leadhills, where you can explore the local mining history as well as plenty of fishing and golfing opportunities. It’s easy to reach Glasgow via car, too!
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Laurel Bank in Blairgowrie

This 1 bedroom holiday nook offers space to sleep 2 people and will welcome one dog. Pet friendly holidays here will offer you ground floor living, with an open plan living space, a kitchen with washing machine and cooking facilities, and access to a dining area. There is a full shower room handy here, too.

This is one of the most wonderful properties to stay in if you’d like to roam the glens with your dog. There are Angus Glens nearby, where you can traverse the rugged greenery towards the coast. You’ll also find Dundee a short drive from here.
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Ferniehaugh Cottage in Peebles

Fernihaugh Cottage is a 2 bedroom pet friendly holiday nook, offering room for 3 guests and one dog. Up in the Scottish Borders, this cottage getaway offers an open fire in the living room, a TV, and a full kitchen suite nearby. There is a kingsize bedroom and a single bedroom, as well as private parking available for up to 2 vehicles.

Based out in the Pentland Hills, this cottage breakaway is based on a working farm, and is famous for its pet friendly walks across the local hills and pathways. Be sure to take a look out at Dawyck Gardens, too.
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Professors Cottage in Ballantrae

This rural hideaway sleeps 2 people and has space for one dog. This holiday escape offers a kingsize bedroom, Wi-Fi throughout and a kitchen that is stocked with all the mod cons you will need. There are also enclosed garden spaces here to the rear and to the front.

This is one of the most appealing chocolate box properties on our list, right at the edge of the Dalloway Dark Sky Park and close to world-famous golfing. If you’ve ever fancied taking on the links at Turnberry, now’s your chance. Your dog will love the rural walks and trails, too.
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Shank of Omachie Cottage in Angus

Offering 2 bedrooms and space for 1 pet, this bolthole provides a kingsize space and a twin. There’s a full shower room as well as internet access throughout, and both the bedrooms and the bathroom are down on the ground floor. There is also private garden and patio access here for sunnier days.

Ideal for walking and cycling holidays, this is one of the most interesting escapes close to the Cairngorms National Park. You will also find there is plenty of clear access to the Angus Glens, as well as the Kingennie Fishings. It’s a brilliant ground floor living space for up to 4.
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Deer Annexe in Farr

The Deer Annexe is a 1 bedroom breakaway with room for 2 people and one dog. Offering ground floor living facilities, this is one of a handful of properties to offer dog friendly escapes close to Loch Ness. There is a kingsize bedroom, underfloor heating, TV and DVD player, and en suite shower facilities. It is one of several properties on site.

Close to the magnificent Loch Ness, this ideal couple’s breakaway spot offers you easy access to walking through the Angus Glens and to visit the Cairngorms. Inverness is around 11 miles away, and it’s 4 miles to shops and restaurants.
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Types of Accommodation To Expect


With Hot Tubs

Treat yourself and choose cottages in Scotland. Scotland has dark sky areas where you can spot millions of stars after dusk – lay back in the hot bubbles and see how many constellations you can count. Not all dog friendly cottages in Scotland will come with a ground floor bathroom or a hot tub – but plenty still do, so make sure to keep your options wide open and those eyes peeled. We’ve helped you along the way with our list to start you off!

Properties By The Coast & Beach

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to holidays by the sea in Scotland. With over 6,000 miles of coastline to pick from, visitors can select the perfect area for them. Scotland sea breaks are truly awesome – and we really do think your dogs will think the same. Grab yourself a seaside log cabin or similar, and make sure to get out and explore all the natural beauty for yourself.

Cheap Weekend Breaks

Choose from a long list of cheap weekends away in Scotland. A few days away in the beautiful countryside and you will feel fully restored and ready to return to everyday life. A holiday cottage will offer the ideal break away opportunity in many cases, and whether you look for a stone built cottage for 2 guests, 4 guests or even more guests on top, the idea will still be the same – that you’re getting closer to natural beauty, and that you will be just a stone’s throw from some of Scotland’s best loved city and country escapes. You won’t have to break the bank.

1-2 Night Self Catering

Whether you want time in the Scottish countryside or a day or 2 in one of the cities, book a self-catering cottage so you can have the freedom to explore. Cook up your favourite dishes in the kitchen, or bring home a takeaway, it’s completely up to you. Do also take a look out for a few common home comforts, too. For example, you might want to suss out an open plan living space, or you may even want to cosy up with your own wood burner.

Regardless, as you can see from our list of top holiday picks for you and your pets in Scotland, there are plenty of different ways for you to really tailor your experience.

About Holidays in Scotland With Dogs

Scotland is home to some of the most spectacular countryside you will ever see. National parks that boast mountains, waterfalls, glens and lochs provide walking routes that are challenging or gentle but always picturesque.

It’s this side of Scotland, as well as the sea, which really appeals to dog lovers. As we all know, dogs really do enjoy stretching their legs – and there’s no better way for them to do this than to go for the odd ramble or stroll down the rugged landscapes.

The Trossachs and Loch Lomond (click this link) are ideal for rambling and cycling, and The Cairngorms offer peaks, a dark sky park, water sports and even a bungee jump bridge.

The coast stretches for thousands of miles and many of the beaches are quiet and unspoilt where Fido can run unrestricted. This outdoor playground is the perfect place to spend time with your family pet.

Of course, if you really want to mix things up a bit, there are plenty of towns and city scenes in Scotland for you to explore and enjoy, too. Therefore, always make a point of booking a pet friendly holiday in Scotland that puts you in a prime spot to enjoy everything from the metropolises to the greenery and seascapes.

At the end of the day, you can come back to a cosy, comfortable open plan living space in your own tiny nook of Scotland. You can enjoy a pet friendly spot with a hot tub attached, or access to National Park land that you can get back to and enjoy once again at your own pace. Make sure to run your dog friendly holiday your way – it’s you that calls the shots, and no one else!

The Last Word

Dog friendly cottages in Scotland can be quiet, lively, action-packed or peaceful – it’s up to you. A dog friendly holiday really doesn’t have to arrive in any particular shape or form. It is what you make of it, and if that means hunting down pet friendly cottages with an enclosed garden or a sea view, then so be it!

What we’ve tried to do with our guide is try to find you escapes and holiday breaks in cottages up and down the country. The fact is, Scotland is absolutely enormous for potential, even if the land itself isn’t that large on paper! Therefore, instead of getting yourself flummoxed with looking at places to stay near National Park grounds or otherwise, make sure you take a closer look at our guide to a pet holiday in Scotland above. As anyone who either lives in or has been to Scotland before will tell you, no two holidays or breaks here are ever quite the same, which is why it’s a really good idea to look for something that excites you!

There are all kinds of cottages and lodges available to book, our selection are all pet-friendly and as comfy as can be. These are people friendly holidays, not just dog friendly breaks – we’ve made sure to line up cottages and breaks from providers with plenty of experience, and who really have tons to offer in terms of home comforts and mod cons.

Just because you’re heading away for a break with a sea view in the Scottish Highlands doesn’t mean you have to go without! In fact, in many cases, you’ll still be able to access all the Wi-Fi and home entertainment you could possibly need, even if your holiday destination is right up there in the heavens. It’s a common misconception that to get away from it all, you need to leave everything behind. Sure – it’s worth thinking about getting back to nature if you feel you’re due a technology detox, but at the same time, you’re going to need your creature comforts!

Spend time in a cultural city or climb a mountain in a national park. Quaint seaside villages or historical towns are all easy to travel to, and there is a choice of lochs and scenic glens to discover. There are so many wonderful photo opportunities out here, and there are just as many opportunities for you to go on some stunning walks with four legged friends.

Choose the holiday you dream of in Scotland, and start packing for few days of fun. Even if you only fancy an overnight stop in Argyll and Bute or Teviothead, we’ve made sure to set you up with some fantastic picks for cottages and getaway spots which will leave lasting positive impressions on everyone involved.

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