Top 10 Dog Friendly Hotels in Scotland
Not every hotel is happy to welcome your pet.
Other hotels go above and beyond to make your pet feel at home.
Here’s the list of the best dog friendly hotels in Scotland.
MacDonald Marine Hotel & Spa, North Berwick, East Lothian
Address: Cromwell Road, North Berwick, East Lothian, EH39 4LZ
This hotel is stunningly located in a coastal location in the historic town of North Berwick, just 30 minutes from the heart of Edinburgh.
The hotel is just a stone's throw from the chilly north sea, with stunning sea views. Yet while dogs may love a dip in the nippy waters, owners can also have a swim in comfort in the hotels swimming pool and enjoy the award-winning thermal spa.
This AA rosette winning, four star establishment could be the perfect home away from home for you and your canine companion.
Pets are welcome at a cost of £15 per pet, per night, and guide dogs are welcome for no additional fee. The hotel has a welcoming bar, and an award winning restaurant, as well as free WiFi, and room service which is available 24 hours a day. 100 free parking spaces are available, and the hotel is fully wheelchair accessible.
North Berwick and the surrounding area are ideal for dog walks. Dogs can run free on the beautiful beach, or enjoy a hike with their owners to the summit of Berwick Law. Those in search of more challenging expeditions could set out on the long-distance coast to coast walk of John Muir's Way, which passes through North Berwick, or enjoy nearby sections of the North Sea Coastal Path.
Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow
Address: 11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4AD
One of Glasgow's best known and most luxurious hotels, this is the only hotel in the city to have a 5 star accreditation. If you are looking for a sleek and swanky escape for you and your canine companion, this city-centre hotel could be a wonderful choice.
You can visit this hotel with up to two dogs, and you and your pooch can enjoy a well and truly pampered stay within easy reach of all the city's shops and attractions.
This landmark hotel is located at a landmark address which has been a prestigious place since the early 19th Century. Wealthy merchants once lived within these Georgian Town houses, which have now been well and truly spruced up for the 21st Century, with elegant new rooms, a spa, lounge, restaurant and salon bar.
The lush green space outside on Blythswood square makes this a perfect place for a city break with your canine pal.
You'll be able to take a stroll on nearby Sauchiehall Street, for a spot of window shopping, take a tour to see some of the buildings designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh or enjoy some of Glasgow's other dog-friendly green spaces, such as the Necropolis, Glasgow Green, home to the People's Palace and Kelvingrove Park.
Strolling the streets of this metropolis with your dog in tow could be a wonderful way to get to know this enticing city.
Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries
Address: A76, Closeburn, Thornhill DG3 5EZ
This genuinely pet-friendly Scottish Country House is nestled in verdant surroundings in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway. Guests and their furry friends are welcomed at this luxurious yet relaxed hotel which is picturesquely located amid gardens and mature woodland.
Dogs are not only allowed in the rooms but also in the dining room, and special extra touches make sure that your canine companion is made as welcome as you are.
The hotel can arrange a number of experiences to make your stay a special one, from rides in classic cars and relaxing spa treatments, to falconry and horse riding adventures.
There is no shortage of opportunities for walkies here either – both in the 4 acres of grounds around the hotel, and in the surrounding area. Your own pet may well make friends with the resident Retriever, Roxy, or meet some of the other canine guests that are made welcome here each year.
To the north lie the rolling hills of the Southern Uplands, and to the south you can explore the dramatic clifftop walks of the Solway Coast. Nearby, you can explore the beautiful forest of Ae, or enjoy the historic attraction of Drumlanrig Castle before you and your dog come back to enjoy award-winning rustic cuisine and roaring fires here at Trigony House Hotel.
Pine Trees Hotel, Pitlochry, Highlands
Address: Strathview Terrace, Pitlochry PH16 5QR
Visitors can enjoy a Pawfect Stay at this dog-friendly country house hotel in Pitlochry, a luxury, four-star retreat in Highland Perthshire.
This historic property, nestled on a ten acre site of gardens and woodland, has recently been updated with high-quality interiors, energy efficient heating and other modern conveniences, so you can have contemporary comfort as well as historic charm.
Outdoors and indoors, two and four legged guests will be spoiled by the relaxing surroundings. You can relax in the bar lounge beside the roaring log fire, or enjoy outdoors recreation in the beautiful garden grounds.
Amid the pines, you may be able to spot roe deer or red squirrels, while further wildlife awaits throughout the nearby Tay Forest Park, or beyond, in the vast wilds of the Cairngorms National Park.
This hotel is ideally situated for exploration with your canine companion. Adventurers can climb one of the many hills or mountains, do a spot of Munro-bagging, or simply stroll through the remnants of the Caledonian forest or along the banks of a nearby loch.
Whether you want to enjoy the snow-clad winter peaks, or bask in the summer sunshine as the sun twinkles on the water, there are plenty of ways for you and your dog to enjoy the great outdoors in this part of the country.
Hilton Dunkeld House
Address: Blairgowrie Rd, Dunkeld PH8 0HX
This luxury, four star hotel welcomes guide dogs throughout the property, and one large dog or two small dogs are allowed in annex bedrooms and in the cottage, though not in the main hotel or public areas. You can bring your dog for a charge of £20 per night to stay in your room, or for £5 per night if you wish for them to stay in the kennels.
Kennels are unmanned, and guests are responsible for looking after and cleaning up after their dog(s).
Those who do choose to bring their dog will find this an ideal location for walks and outdoors recreation. The hotel is set in a country house on a 280 acre estate of well maintained and natural woodland which overlooks the beautiful River Tay, which is renowned for its salmon fishing.
There are plenty of places for wonderful walks around Perthshire, within easy distance of this holiday resort, and you and your canine companion can do as much or as little as you wish.
Whatever you choose to do during the days, the hotel awaits, with its wonderful spa experiences, leisure and fitness facilities including pool, steam room, sauna and well equipped gym, and award-winning food and drink. There is free WiFi, free parking, and a range of luxurious rooms to choose from. You will be well taken care of throughout your stay and are sure to fall in love with this area, at the heart of Scotland.
Cromlix Hotel, Dunblane
Address: Cromlix, Kinbuck FK15 9JT
This swanky five star country house hotel is owned by tennis star Andy Murray and could be the perfect location for a retreat with your four-legged friend.
This pet-friendly establishment is just three miles from Dunblane, and eleven miles from Stirling, with its castle and other historic sites. It is set on 34 acre grounds with tennis court, woodland walks, and fishing on a private loch.
The plush rooms here feature a range of mod cons and little luxuries, including Egyptian cotton bedding, designer toiletries, iPod docks and free WiFi. Yet historic charm also abounds, with wood panelling, antique furniture and fireplaces in the public spaces.
There is a boutique restaurant here, run by Albert Roux OBE, and a chic, ritzy bar. Who says you have to rough it when travelling with a dog?
Here you can indulge in your fantasies and enjoy a luxury lifestyle reminiscent of that once enjoyed by the Lairds of Cromlix, and assistance dogs are welcomed at no extra charge. The gate lodge is ideal for dog owners, and added extras make sure that their stay will be as enjoyable and luxurious as yours will.
Note however, that though the hotel is dog friendly, they are not allowed in public areas. Contact the hotel to discuss your requirements if you wish to visit with a dog.
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort, Angus
Address: Forbes of Kingennie Dr, Dundee DD5 3RD
The dog-friendly waterside lodges of Forbes of Kingennie Country Estate could be the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing retreat with your four-legged friend.
The relaxed lodges offer the perfect homes away from home, overlooking the fishing ponds and surrounding woodland of the resort, which is located within easy reach of dog friendly beaches and country parks, close to the thriving city of Dundee.
Guests can stay in one of six dog friendly lodges on the resort. Four of these sleep six, one can sleep five and one can sleep four. There is a £30 charge per dog for a short stay of up to three nights, and a £50 charge for a longer stay of four nights or more.
Up to two dogs can be accommodated in each lodge. Well behaved dogs are also welcome in the Cairn O'Mount Bar and on the outside veranda where you can enjoy a coffee, a wee dram, or a taste of the delicious home-grown Scottish produce from the seasonal menus.
Munro-baggers will be in seventh heaven with all the mountains that are within easy reach, and there are also plenty of more relaxed, easy walks throughout the Angus countryside.
This could be an ideal base to explore the Angus Glens, or to see what Scotland's sunniest city has to offer. Dundee is just minutes away, and Scotland's other cities are also within relatively easy reach.
The Inch Hotel, Fort Augustus
Address: Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire PH32 4BL
The perfect place for dog-loving Nessie spotters, this historic country lodge hotel in Fort Augustus offers stunning views over Scotland's most famous Loch. Assistance dogs are welcomed here at no extra charge and other dogs are also welcomed in certain areas of the hotel.
Those with dogs can dine in the bar area and so can also take advantage of the freshly prepared, locally sourced food served here.
The hotel has a welcoming and relaxed feel and even four legged guests are made welcome. There is free WiFi, free parking, and a lovely outside area overlooking the loch that makes it easy to pop outside with your dog and a log fire in the lounge bar allows you to warm up after enjoying the great outdoors.
All rooms have an ensuite shower or bath and a flat screen TV/DVD with freeview. 17 rooms are available including a room with a four poster bed, and two larger rooms to accommodate a family.
Not only do some of the rooms look out over the loch, the hotel is also perfectly situated on the Great Glen Way, making it ideal for long-distance walkers. Beautiful Glen Affric and the Caledonian Canal are also on the doorstep, and there are plenty of walks for all ages and abilities in the surrounding area.
Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, Highlands
Address: Culcabock Rd, Inverness IV2 3LP
Inverness is the perfect location for a family holiday – bring the kids – bring the dog! This dog-friendly hotel is located in the heart of the city. It is a four star hotel with dog-friendly rooms that provide the perfect base to allow the whole family to get out and about to enjoy the fresh air and exercise of a holiday in the Highlands.
A stay at the Kingsmills Hotel can allow you to discover the dog-friendly city of Inverness, and to enjoy walks and other outdoors recreation in the beautiful surrounding area.
Surrounded by four acres of grounds, this is one of Scotland's best dog-friendly accommodation options. Patio rooms welcome dogs at a small additional cost, and the hotel will even provide a bowl, poop bags and dog biscuits to make things even easier.
Rooms have direct access to private patios, so your dog will have access to the beautiful gardens straight from the rooms.
Visitors with a canine companion will find plenty to see and do around Inverness with a dog. Nairn beach is ideal for running on the sands and swimming in the sea, and there are several nature trails to enjoy nearby. There are plenty of dog friendly cafes and restaurants around the city, including Basil Harbour Cafe, where you and your furry pal can take in the harbour views.
Fort George is just one of the city's fascinating historic attractions – and pups pay nothing for the privilege of a visit. Head out to Chanonry Point for a spot of dolphin watching, or simply take a stroll along the streets to see what else this city has to offer.
Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Highlands
Address: Park Rd, Glencoe, Fort William PH49 4HL
This hotel and leisure centre perches on a peninsula reaching out into Loch Leven. It is a modern and friendly accommodation option in the most stunning of settings, offering you and your dog a relaxed atmosphere, great food, and wonderful loch and mountain views, just minutes away from some of the most amazing peaks in Scotland.
Well behaved dogs can stay at the Isles of Glencoe hotel for a small charge of £10 per room per night. Your furry friend can sleep in your room, and accompany you, on lead, in most areas of the hotel, except from the bar and restaurant.
There are plenty of short walks to enjoy in the immediate surroundings, and nature trails at the Dragon's Tooth Golf Course.
The Glencoe area also offers plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs and enjoy further exploration of the breathtaking landscapes of this part of the country.
The Glencoe Lochan trail is one enchanting option, and there are, of course, plenty of walks and hikes that offer more of a challenge throughout awe-inspiring Glencoe and the surrounding area.