Why We Love The Dog-friendly North

This week at PetsPyjamas, we’ve been focussing on some gorgeous destinations in the dog-friendly North. We’re particularly loving the sensational scenery in the Lake District, destinations in the North East such as Durham and Northumberland, as well as Scotland and the Scottish Highlands. Beautiful walking trails are something you definitely can’t put a price on. It goes without saying that all dogs and their humans adore exploring the outdoors, and there are some truly magnificent landscapes waiting for your whole family!


Each region in the north has something completely different to offer, so it’s best to think about what you and your furry friend would enjoy the most! If you’re looking for impossibly picturesque settings, then a national park like the Peak District or the Lake District would be perfect. If you’re looking for a quaint, charming village that is rich in history, then Durham is exactly that! If you are, however, prepared to travel just that bit further then Scotland and the Scottish Highlands are so worth the wait! So get your four-legged friend a snuggly coat, your camera and all the treats you need for the car journey, and set off to your next fabulous Northern escape.


We have some great suggestions that might help to make your decision even easier…


Love the Lake District: 


The Lake District is a destination with a little magic, it’s England’s largest national park and a world heritage site. The great thing is, there are walks for canine globetrotters who will stay by your side on the longest of routes. There are also shorter ones which are perfect for small legs!


Our favourite fell: Catbells



Our very own PetsPyjamas dogs, Rufus and Heidi, have tried and tested the Catbells Fell and can ensure you this is will definitely get those tails wagging. Once you reach the top there’s an incredible view of Derwentwater, it will take about 3 hours in total. We’d recommend staying at The Borrowdale Hotel, where you can rest after a successful day of hiking!


The Keswick to Threlkeld railway path:



A lovely flat route which is perfect for the whole family and takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. It’s a gentle route which has plenty of tree coverage just in case it’s a bit rainy! Stay at The Inn on the Square where can dine with your dog and refuel.




Another beautiful lake found in the National Park. You’ll find it nestled amongst mountain peaks next to Bowness-on-Windermere the local village, one of the most popular holiday destinations. Rather than walking next to the lake, why not sail upon it! There are the Windemere Cruises which are a fantastic way to relax and take in the scenery. You have the freedom to start your journey from Ambleside, Bowness or the Lakeside. Of course, your furry friend is more than welcome to come for the ride as long as they’re kept on their lead! For a little bit of luxury, stay at the Holbeck Ghyll in Windermere.


dog-friendly Holbeck Ghyll in lake district



Discover the dog-friendly North East: 


Northumberland and the St Valery Coast:


Feel a refreshing sea breeze between those ears on a stretch of beautiful, expansive sands. St Valery boasts a tranquil and uncrowded environment, perfect for your pet to roam around safely. One of our most popular dog-friendly hotels, St Valery is just around the corner. Perfect for coastal canines in need of a heritage coast getaway.


Raby Castle:


Durham is just south of Newcastle upon Tyne and is perfect for families wanting a historic hideaway! Raby Castle sits in the heart of the Raby Estate. The entire estate is spread across the Durham Dales with high and low waterfalls which are spectacular. The castle was built in the 14th Century and has more than 600 years of history. This is the perfect day out, take a quiet walk in the gardens or amble along the 200-acre deer park. Raby Castle is just a 20-minute drive from Wagtail Cottage, a cozy dog-friendly cottage.


Weardale Railway:


An 18-mile heritage railway line which runs from Bishop Auckland to Weardale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are different stations from where you can board the train. Your pet is welcomed on board as long as they don’t sit on the seats! Stay at Heather View in Weardale, right next to your stop.


Hardwick Park:


Hardwick Park is an 18th Century parkland attraction and a peaceful little haven to let your dog explore. It has a wealth of heritage, archaeological remains, and beautiful views. We recommend bringing a picnic and watching the swans to relax in the outdoors!


Scotland and the Scottish Highlands:


If you haven’t been to Scotland before, the prospect can be quite daunting as it is so vast! Whatever you decide, it will be a truly memorable holiday with bow-wow appeal.




This is a superb city with plenty to see and do, it is particularly beautiful during the festive season. Stay at the dog-friendly B+B Edinburgh hotel, a great base to experience what Edinburgh has to offer! There’s plenty of shops and dog-friendly pubs to stop and refuel, here some pubs to name a few..


  • Woodland creatures in Leith: Great ales for humans, great water bowls for furry friends
  • Cross and Corner near Inverleith Park: a little chic retreat
  • The Lioness of Leith: Rumour is they do a fantastic cocktail
  • The Blackbird on Leven Street: sensational drinks with a gastro-pub menu


River Forss, Scottish Highlands


If you really want to submerge yourself in the Scottish Highlands scenery, stay at the Forss House Hotel. Secluded in woodlands and is the ultimate out of city canine escape. Nearby you’ll find the River Forss which is one of the most attractive rivers in the Northern Highlands. This is a place for the incredible backdrop to your holiday snaps!


PetPyjamas Pet friendly Forss Hotel in Scotland



Golspie, Scottish Highlands


Golspie is a gorgeous little seaside town in the Scottish Highlands, ideal for coastal canines. It’s the place to come and take a breath of fresh air, with lovely sandy beaches and historic buildings such as St. Andrews Church dating back to the 16th Century! Stay at Drummuie House, for a little home from home luxury.






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