Dog-Friendly Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a city steeped in history, stunning architecture, and a vibrant cultural scene. The good news for dog owners is that Edinburgh is also an incredibly dog-friendly destination with plenty of things to do.

In this guide, we’ll introduce you to some of the best dog-friendly attractions in Edinburgh city centre and beyond for you and your dog and the best places for dog walkers, along with fabulous pubs, dog-friendly bars, restaurants and cafes that really welcome and love dogs.

Don’t forget to book your dog-friendly accommodation with PetsPyjamas to make sure your pet-friendly trip to Edinburgh is truly unforgettable! Book a dog-friendly hotel, cottage or pub with rooms in Edinburgh or in the surrounding area.

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Source: Forever Edinburgh

Greyfriars Bobby

Visiting Greyfriars Bobby should definitely be on your list of things to do. Believed to be either a Sky Terrier or Dandie Dimont, Greyfriars Bobby was known in the 19th century to have spent 14 years guarding the grave of its owner until it died in 1872. You and your dog can see this charming statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby at the corner of Candlemaker Row and George V Bridge. The dog was immortalised in the Disney film The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby in 2006.

Holyrood Park

Address: Queen’s Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG

Holyrood Park is a vast green space in the heart of Edinburgh, providing a perfect place for a dog walk with stunning views of the city. The park includes the iconic Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano and the highest point in the park, offering panoramic views of the city. Dogs are welcome throughout the park, but please keep them on a lead near the loch and during the bird breeding season. Book a nearby stay with PetsPyjamas.

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Source: Christian Müringer

Carlton Hill

Take your dog for a short walk up Carlton Hill – you can let your dog off the lead as you climb up

to the top. Start your walk at the western end of the hill which is next to Regent Road.

It takes an average of 19 minutes to walk to the top with fabulous views at the top. Also see its collection of monuments including the National Monument, Nelson Monument and City Observatory.

The Dogs

Address: 110 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DR

The Dogs is a quirky great fun and unique dog-friendly restaurant located in the city centre. The menu features delicious, seasonal Scottish dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. The welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff make it the perfect spot for dog owners to enjoy a meal with their furry friends. Water bowls and dog treats are provided to ensure your pup feels right at home. Book a nearby stay with PetsPyjamas.

Princes Street Gardens

Created in 1820, Princes Street Gardens is definitely one of the most beautiful gardens

in Edinburgh. The Gardens stretch over 37 acres and connect the Old Town with the New.

Your dog will love walking around the gardens with you and will no doubt sniff noses with a few of the locals’ dogs too especially around the Ross Fountain where local dog walkers meet. Stop off here for a coffee at the Pavilion Cafe bar.

The Scran and Scallie

Address: 1 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH4 1DT

The Scran and Scallie is a dog-friendly gastropub in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh. Offering a warm and inviting atmosphere, the pub serves up high-quality, locally sourced food and drink. With a focus on traditional Scottish fare, the menu includes dishes such as haggis and cullen skink. Dogs are welcome in the bar area, and the pub provides water bowls and treats to make your pooch feel at home. Book a nearby stay with PetsPyjamas.

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Source: Historic UK

Edinburgh Castle

Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG

While dogs are not allowed inside the castle itself, the surrounding grounds of Edinburgh Castle provide a great dog-friendly walk with stunning views of the city. The castle sits on Castle Rock, an extinct volcano, and offers a fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s history. Take your dog for a stroll around the grounds and soak in the incredible views of Edinburgh. Book a nearby stay at a pet-friendly hotel with PetsPyjamas.

The Royal Dick

Address: 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

The Royal Dick is a dog-friendly bar and restaurant located within the Summerhall Art venue. The bar offers a wide selection of drinks, including their own gin distilled on-site, as well as a delicious menu featuring local produce. With a relaxed atmosphere and a spacious outdoor seating area, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a drink or a meal with your dog. Book a nearby stay with PetsPyjamas

We’ve only just scratched the surface of what dog-friendly Edinburgh has to offer. With countless parks, dog-friendly pubs, and restaurants, as well as dog-friendly local establishments, stunning walks and attractions, Edinburgh is a city that both you and your dog will love to explore. Remember to book your dog-friendly accommodation.

Inverleith Park

Address: Arboretum Rd, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ

Inverleith Park is a beautiful, dog-friendly park located in the northern part of Edinburgh. With 54 acres of green space, it’s perfect for long walks with your furry friend. The park boasts stunning views of the whole city centre skyline, including the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Dogs can roam freely off-leash, but please be mindful of other park users and ensure your dog is under control. Book a nearby stay with PetsPyjamas,

The Espy

Address: 52-54 Bath St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1HX

Situated along the Portobello Promenade, The Espy is a dog-friendly bar and restaurant offering a warm, inviting atmosphere and a delicious menu featuring local produce. After a walk along Portobello Beach with your furry friend, stop by The Espy to enjoy a meal or a drink in the company of your dog. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and they provide water bowls and treats for your pup. Book a nearby stay with PetsPyjamas.

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Water of Leith Walkway

Address: Various access points along the river

The Water of Leith Walkway is a scenic, dog-friendly route that follows the Water of Leith River for 12 miles through the city of Edinburgh. The walkway passes through a variety of landscapes, including woodlands, parks street gardens, and urban areas, and offers numerous opportunities to stop and explore dog-friendly pubs and cafes along the way. Access points can be found throughout the city, making it easy to tailor the walk to your preferences. Book a nearby stay with PetsPyjamas.

The Caley Sample Room

Address: 42-58 Angle Park Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 2JR

The Caley Sample Room is a dog-friendly pub located in the heart of Edinburgh, offering a fantastic selection of craft beers and a diverse menu featuring local ingredients. Dogs are welcome in the bar area, where they’ll be provided with water bowls and tasty treats. With its friendly atmosphere and delicious food and drink, The Caley Sample Room is a great place to relax and unwind with your dog after a day of exploring the city. Book a nearby stay with PetsPyjamas,

The Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill

Address: Braid Rd, Edinburgh EH10 6JY

The Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill is a dog-friendly nature reserve located in southern Edinburgh. The reserve features a variety of walking trails through woodlands, along the Braid Burn River, and up Blackford Hill, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the city. Dogs are welcome throughout the reserve, but please keep them on a lead in certain areas to protect wildlife. Book a nearby stay with PetsPyjamas

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Source: Edinburgh Tourist

Arthur’s Seat

Address: Queen’s Dr, Edinburgh EH8 8HG

Arthur’s Seat is a must-visit dog-friendly attraction in Edinburgh. Located within Holyrood Park, this ancient volcano offers a moderate hike to its summit, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas. The various walking paths leading up to Arthur’s Seat provide an excellent opportunity for you and your furry friend to stretch your legs and enjoy some fresh air. Dogs are welcome throughout Holyrood Park, but please ensure they are under control and respect the local wildlife.

After your adventure to Arthur’s Seat, why not explore the nearby Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament building? Book a nearby stay with PetsPyjamas.

Why You Will Love Edinburgh

Edinburgh has so much to offer for a dog-friendly stay. With wonderful parks, fabulous walks with local dog walkers and numerous dog-friendly pubs and restaurants where your dog will be truly welcomed. Remember to book your stay with PetsPyjamas.

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