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Scotland for Dogs

Scotland for Dogs

Dog Friendly in Scotland

Oh, Scotland. What an amazing land of beautiful views, vibrant culture and incredible history. There are so many reasons to visit, from their wonderful shopping, famous landmarks, unusual attractions and fantastic food and drink.

It’s not hard to see why so many of you love to holiday there. And with their dramatic landscapes and gorgeous lochs, it’s one of the best places in the country to take the dog away too. So we’ve explored some of the best places you can all visit together while you’re there. Take a look below.

The Highlanders Museum

Fort George, Ardersier, Inverness, IV2 7TD IV2 7TD

This place is packed with history from 1745 onwards. There’s so much to see across 3 floors, and it’s all amazingly exhibited, with historical surprises and unique artefacts relating to Scotland’s highland troops. Unfortunately dogs are only allowed in the grounds and not in the museum itself but Fort George itself has an incredible past, real operating army barracks, and amazing views. So you’re sure to leave feeling pretty awe-struck. And your dog will enjoy exploring so much, they’ll be tired out and content. Perfect.

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Galloway Country Fair

This fair is a true celebration of rural life. They bring together country sport, food and drink, entertainment, children’s activities, crafts and much much more. Whether you’re after a dog-friendly day out, or want to enter your four legged friends in their popular scurry, tails are sure to be wagging!

At their last event, world-renowned trainer, David Lisett, took everyone through the teaching process from puppy to adult dog. And the International Sheep Dog Society were also on site, giving a taster of the trials and the special relationship between Shepherd and dog. They even hold a canine derby and grand national, where dogs of all breeds can tackle a course of jumps and obstacles. Sounds exciting!

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Whin Park

This is the biggest and the best outdoor children’s park in Inverness! The whole family, including your dog, can reach it by enjoying a 20-minute walk along the banks of the beautiful river Ness. Once there, your dog can run wild, exploring all there is, while the little ones enjoy the slides, swings, rope climbs and assault course. There’s even a pond where you can go rowing. And to top it all off, there’s a local café for grabbing a much-deserved ice cream and a coffee.

Castle Kennedy Gardens

This was one of Scotland’s hidden treasures for more than 300 years. Now, rejuvenated and cared for, it’s one of the most stunning and important historical gardens in the country. Your dog will love being able to share the 75 acres of sculptured landscapes. And with so many beautiful features, from seasonal flowers to huge trees, you’ll love it too.

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Scone Palace Gardens

This is one of Scotland’s most important stately homes. Rich in Scottish history, it’s home to some rare and unusual artefacts. For you and your dog, it couldn’t be any more exciting. The estate has stunning, open gardens where your dog can enjoy the greenery, and you can take in the stunning landscapes, with the Grampian Mountains as a distant backdrop. Lovely.

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Blair Castle

This castle makes for a fascinating day out. Inside, you can go on a journey through 700 years of Scottish history across 30 rooms. But outside, the castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodland, where you and your little trail-wagger can enjoy a picturesque trek. And not only is the castle’s exterior amazing to discover, there’s adventure around every corner for your dog too.

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Crakaig Beach

On the remote North West of Scotland you will find this charming sandy beach. Shielded by surrounding fields and low sand dunes, you and your furry friend can spend time together exploring the golden shores. It’s the perfect place for long strolls or quick paddles.

Golspie Beach

This award-winning beach near our Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame holiday park, is super long and made up a mixture of sand and shingle. So there’s loads of space for your dog to run and sniff about. There are a number of scenic walks, each offering incredible panoramic views across the Moray Firth. There’s also a shop for any essentials while you’re there, and the town centre isn’t far if you fancy exploring some of the local delights.

Dornoch Beach

Located near our Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame holiday park, this beach is beautiful and serene. A gorgeous expanse of golden sand stretches for miles to the mouth of Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve. And right next to it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest featuring nesting birds, flora and fauna. This beach has a Seaside Award, and offers clean bathing. So if you fancy going in and making a splash after your pet, then get involved!


Located near our Nairn Lochloy holiday park, Fortrose Beach is made up of sand and shingle, providing a picturesque backdrop for a day of walkies. Oh and make sure to keep your eyes peeled, this is meant to be the best place in the region to spot dolphins.

Avoch Beach

If you’re looking for a dog friendly day out near Nairn Lochloy holiday park, then this could be the beach for you. Avoch beach has it all. Sand, shingle, and rock pools for exploring. Plus, there are stunning walks to the cathedral town of Fortrose too. And dolphins can sometimes be spotted out to sea in the Moray Firth, making it all the more exciting.


This long sandy beach is not only pretty, but pretty cool too. It offers one of the most beautiful sunsets in the west of Scotland. Not to mention some magnificent views out to the Isle of Arran. Located near our Sundrum Castle holiday park, it makes for a really awesome late afternoon stroll with your four-pawed pal.

Gourock West Bay

This coastal town beach is ideal for the whole family. The dog friendly stretch of shingle encourages extensive exploring, and is a great place for fetching and frolicking. Backed by a promenade of shops and cafes, there’s plenty of opportunity for post play time refreshments. Oh, and did we mention that Gourock West Bay is also home to an outdoor swimming pool open in the summer months? Perfect for the whole family to perfect their doggy paddle!


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