Dog-friendly Hotels Aberdeenshire
Aberdeenshire has an abundance of dog-friendly hotels. The beautiful rural countryside is dog-walking heaven and our selection of pet friendly hotels means you can explore Aberdeenshire with your four-legged friend. These Aberdeenshire hotels will let you take in the sights of Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen city centre and some of the surrounding areas of Ballater, Stracham, Braemar and Gardenstown.
- Banff, ScotlandConstructed in 1864, this picturesque, renovated church building that has been lovingly restored making it a luxurious place for you and your family or friends to stay. Its exterior form has happily been retained, bearing clear witness to its original function, whilst inside a stained glass window is the central feature to the first floor living room. Other features of note include high ceilings, large windows, plenty of spacious accommodation and large mature gardens. The majority of the living space is to the ground floor. The open plan kitchen and dining area with sliding door opening to the rear garden was formerly the church hall. Five bedrooms have been stylishly designed, along with a contemporary bathroom and two additional shower rooms, whilst a cinema and games room will keep you busy on a rainy day. The extensive gardens of an acre comprise of a woodland driveway to the front. The enclosed rear garden has mature trees and shrubs, including a monkey puzzle tree, lawns and three patio seating areas. The summerhouse and patios are the ideal place for enjoying a morning coffee or evening drink while taking in the surrounding views and starlit sky.
The property is nestled in a very beautiful part of Scotland and offers many activities in short striking distance, including walking, cycling, golfing, fishing and the seaside. The property is just 3 miles from Mintlaw, home to Aden Country Park covering 230 acres. Recognised as one of Scotland’s top green spaces, the park is a popular spot for walkers, cyclists and families thanks to its picturesque surroundings and busy events calendar. Mintlaw hosts a wide variety of amenities including pub, takeaways and local supermarket.
8 miles to the east is Cruden Bay, which has a sweeping expanse of pink sands and dunes approximately 1½ miles in length. This sandy beach is popular with day trippers, water sports enthusiasts and for sea fishing. Here you can also visit the remains of Slains Castle, once a place where celebrities were entertained on numerous occasions in the 19th Century. One of the most notable guests was Bram Stoker and it is believed the castle is the inspiration for the setting of ’Count Dracula’. 14 miles south of Torreagles is Newburgh beach, home to a colony of around 400 seals, adjacent to which are Forvie Nature Reserve and Foveran Links, a site of special scientific interest.
Golfers will appreciate numerous challenging courses less than a half hour’s drive from the property, including three of Scotland’s top twenty championship courses, Cruden Bay Golf Club, Trump International Golf Links and Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Whatever you decide to do during your stay, this is an ideal base to explore this lovely part of Scotland. Beach 8 miles.£182From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Banchory, ScotlandIf you are looking for comfort, quality and relaxation in a wonderful location, this stylish self-contained lodge on two floors is a great choice. Set in peaceful woodland surroundings of the Inchmarlo Golf Club, the property is set in an elevated position and has been furnished with flair and attention to detail. The elegant open plan living space on the first floor has French doors leading to a balcony which is perfect for al fresco dining or a drink with views over the surrounding woodland. Downstairs are three very comfortable bedrooms and contemporary bathroom with shower over bath.
An ideal base from which to explore Royal Deeside or enjoy a round or two on the Queen’s Course, a neat parkland course amongst stunning surroundings, and a haven for wildlife and fauna. Enjoy the facilities of the clubhouse and restaurant or practice your swing at the on-site driving range. The property is just a short drive or a 15-minute walk from Banchory, which boasts numerous good shops, eating places and leisure facilities. Beautiful Royal Deeside is a mecca for the walker, climber, or wanderer. The majestic River Dee offers excellent salmon fishing and the beauty spots of Linn of Dee and the Bridge of Feugh both offer the opportunity to see salmon jumping. Slightly further afield is the delightful village of Ballater and Balmoral Castle, with skiing at the Lecht or Glenshee, or walking in the beautiful scenery, just two of the many outdoor activities available in abundance in this magical area.£77From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stonehaven, ScotlandThis gorgeous little semi-detached cottage has a real stamp of individuality, very tastefully furnished with complementing accessories like the wooden floor throughout, to ensure a real home from home experience. The owners have gone out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. From the living room, French doors lead to a stylish patio and small enclosed garden area and the attractive bedrooms can be made up as two doubles or a double and twin to suit. Very conveniently situated in a quiet street in the village of Laurencekirk, there are plenty of local amenites within walking distance of the cottage, including interesting shops, supermarkets, pubs and cafés serving good food.
Laurencekirk is particularly well placed for touring. Visit the grandeur of the Angus Glens for superb walking and wildlife, or enjoy the clean beaches at Montrose, St Cyrus and Lunan Bay. Golf, fishing, good cycling and horse riding are all available in the area. Take a trip through the Victorian Heritage Trail, running from Edzell to Balmoral where the present Royal Family reside over the summer. Marvellous views over open countryside to the sea can be enjoyed from Cairn o’ Mount along the way. The pleasant market town of Stonehaven is within easy reach for further shopping, leisure activities and even a popular outdoor swimming pool and the recently opened railway station in Laurencekirk is within a short walk, enabling day trips to the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. Beach 7¼ miles. Shop and restaurant 350 yards, pub 700 yards.£70From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Aberdeen, ScotlandMurlin is a stunning, reverse plan holiday home nestled in an elevated position with unrivalled views over the coast and beyond. There is an abundance of beautiful walks to be enjoyed in the area, some leading down to the beach, making this a truly magical place.
On the ground floor are two bedrooms, both with super kingsize beds and stunning en-suite shower rooms. There is an additional family bathroom and a utility room with a washing machine and tumble dryer, great for drying off after a busy day of exploring. There is an integral double garage with electric door, and within the garage are dog crates and a shower for your four legged friend! Upon heading upstairs, the natural light and views are breathtaking with floor to ceiling sliding doors which lead you to the balcony, boasting views over the coast and sea. The living space is open plan and offers a superb level of comfort. This extends into the beautiful hand crafted and well-equipped kitchen with a wraparound breakfast bar and a walk-in larder. The dining area leads off of the kitchen and is a comfortable space to enjoy home cooked meals together. There are two further bedrooms on this floor, both with kingsize beds and en-suite shower rooms. Outside is a nice garden with a seating area, garden furniture and a gas barbecue, perfect for some al-fresco dining.
Collieston is a former fishing village that provides dramatic views all year round. Just 5 miles away are Newburgh and Cruden Bay golf courses, and the Trump International links course is within a 10-mile drive. There are a number of amazing beaches to visit nearby, including Cruden Bay, Newburgh and Balmedie to name but a few, all within 10 miles! A visit to the neighbouring village of Newburgh to see the seals is a must, as is a tour around the famous BrewDog Brewery located in Ellon. The larger city of Aberdeen is 16 miles away and provides plenty of amenities and attractions. Beach 200 yards. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 5 miles.£138From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Inverurie, ScotlandWest Kilblean Cottage is set in the glorious Aberdeenshire countryside and is perfect for that rural break away. Beautifully renovated and decorated throughout the cottage is both inviting and comfortable. Set on a working farm close to Old Meldrum the rural views are just lovely. After a day exploring the area come back to West Kilblean Cottage and enjoy an evening in the garden taking in the peace and tranquillity or, on chillier nights, cosy up in front of the inviting wood burner. With its enviable location just 1½ miles from Old Meldrum where you will find all local amenities including a restaurant and pub, and also within close distance for exploring the many attractions in the area. Bennachie, the local ’mountain’ is just 10 miles from the cottage and offers wonderful walks and views of Aberdeenshire from the sea to the Cairngorms. Only 11 miles distant is the famous Seal Beach at Newburgh and the chance to spot some of the many seals is sure to delight everyone.
Slightly further afield you will find the wonderful sand dunes at Balmedie beach, stretching for over 14 miles, with many walks, a picnic area and a play park, providing a great day out. Inland is the lovely Pitmedden Garden, where you can spend time enjoying the woodland walks or learning about the local history in the Museum of Farming Life. Both Tolquhon Castle and Haddo House provide two great places to explore. Whether you prefer the coast or countryside, West Kilblean Cottage provides a fantastic base from which to explore this dynamic area of north east Scotland. Beach 11 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
West Kilblean Cottage can be booked together with East Kilblean Cottage to accommodate up to 6 guests.£71From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Banff, ScotlandFisherman’s Cottage is a gem of a holiday home tucked away in the historic harbourside village of Gardenstown, near Banff in Aberdeenshire. Located right on the water’s edge, Fisherman’s Cottage is within the jumble of cottages that make up Seatown within Gardenstown. Right beside the water, at high tide the sea laps the harbour wall only five yards from the living room. And at low tide you can hop down from the property onto the rocky beach to go exploring. It’s an amazing situation that the cottage makes the most of with a mesmerising picture window in the living room (there’s little need for television here!).
The accommodation is set over two floors. On the ground floor is a great living room with amazing views over Gamrie Bay, to More Head and out to the Moray Firth. Keep a look out for the chance of spotting seals, porpoises and dolphins. Also on the ground floor is a great kitchen/dining room and a kingsize double bedroom with en-suite shower room. On the first floor there are two further bedrooms and a bathroom with bath. The first floor bedrooms comprise another double and a family room with a double and a single.
From the cottage in Seatown you can stroll either east or west to explore the village of Gardenstown or Gamrie as locals call it. To the east you have the Sneuk beach which is shingle and there’s a coastal path beyond that leads round the bay to atmospheric Crovie (although the path is temporarily closed due to rockfalls). To the west is the sandy beach of Gardenstown, stretching from Seatown to St. John’s Church which stands sentinel over the bay and has been doing so since 1004. Further afield from Gardenstown you have Pennan, famous for its Local Hero connections, and brilliant coastal villages and towns like Banff, Portsoy and Cullen.
There are fantastic driving routes to explore in this area as well as hiking trails to enjoy. Here you are also close to many distilleries if you wish to venture off on some whisky trails. Speyside is an easy day trip from Fisherman’s Cottage. Beach 30 yards.£104From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Banchory, ScotlandThe Annexe at Shieldaig Cottage is situated just over a mile from the picturesque village and golden sands of St Cyrus. It is attached to the owner’s house and completely self-contained with stunning views over open countryside. An entrance porch leads through to the open plan living area, and French doors open onto the pretty patio - an ideal spot for alfresco dining or relaxing with a glass of wine. Adjoining the living area is a modern well-equipped kitchen. There is a very attractively presented kingsize bedroom with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings and a shower room all on the ground floor. The first floor has a further attractive king size bedroom and a second living room with views of the countryside to one side and the sea to the other. A utility room with washing matching and clothes airer is at the side and is a great place to store outdoor clothing.
The village of St Cyrus is located on the east coast of Scotland and is famous for its Nature Reserve, a haven for nature lovers, bird watchers and dog walkers. The village offers local amenities including a village shop and post office, a coffee shop and a hotel, pub and restaurant. A perfect base to explore the coastline, hills and glens which surround The Mearns, home of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, write of A Scots Quair. The Grassic Gibbon Centre is located in nearby Arbuthnot. There is no shortage of good walks within easy reach in and around the Angus Glens, Forfar and Kirriemuir areas.
Other nearby attractions include the towns of Montrose and Stonehaven. Montrose sits on the edge of a tidal lagoon known as the Basin. Just south of the town on the A92 you will find the Basin Wildlife Centre where a resident ranger leads guided walks around the reserve. Montrose is also home to several links golf courses. Stonehaven has a beautiful harbour from where you can take boat trips to experience the rugged coastline and bird life. Beach 2¼ miles. Pub 5 miles.£59From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Banff, ScotlandJust yards from the seashore in the quaint fishing village of Cairnbulg, this fully renovated, detached fisherman’s cottage is a haven of relaxation. The rooms are decorated in a calming style with comfortable bedrooms and an attractive living space which looks over the enclosed courtyard to the front of the cottage. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Just a very short walk to the seashore, the quiet streets, narrow alleys, and rows of cottages can easily carry you back to a very different time when every cottage had a boat pulled up, and the entire community made use of the seashore washing lines to dry their laundry.The nearby Inverallochy Golf Club, with its backdrop of rolling dunes, rocky shores, and beautiful beaches (there is a sea view from every hole), is a challenge for any golfer.
For those without clubs, take the 6km walk from the harbour through the village to Whitelinks Bay, before returning behind the course. Visit Maggie’s Hoose at the end of the street, a mini museum chronicling life in a traditional ‘but n’ ben’ fisherman’s cottage. Take a trip south along the coast through St Combs and visit the RSPB reserve at Loch of Strathbeg and beyond to one of the best stretches of beach in the country. Inland, the castle trail takes you through the heart of Aberdeenshire with some fine examples well worth a visit. Fraserburgh has plenty of shops nearby, while the city of Aberdeen is just an hour away. Beach 3¾ miles. Shop and restaurant 300 yards, pub 400 yards.£60From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Aberdeen, ScotlandThis reverse plan layout has the bedrooms and family bathroom to the ground floor, whilst the first floor living room and kitchen capture the full advantage of beautiful views across the sea and rural landscapes. The property is ideal for couples, young families or simply friends looking to explore the area. For the adventurous, a cliff top walk to Hackley Bay is well worth it, this hidden gem of a beach is at the heart of the Forvie National Nature Reserve and of an evening you will be hard pressed to find it overcrowded. It is sheltered on three sides by high cliffs and backed by sand dunes.
Collieston Beach is sheltered from the North Sea by Collieston Pier, and this sandy beach is perfect for families and children. The nearby ’Smugglers Cone’ shop serves delicious ice cream, drinks and snacks. Collieston is a former fishing village that provides dramatic views all year round. Just 5 miles away are Newburgh and Cruden Bay golf courses. The Oldmeldrum distillery, Slains castle, Petehead Prison Museum and of course the Forvie Nature Reserve and Seal colony at Newburgh are other places of interest.
There are a number of amazing beaches to visit nearby, including Cruden Bay, Newburgh and Balmedie to name but a few, all within 10 miles! A visit to the neighbouring village of Newburgh to see the seals is a must. The larger city of Aberdeen is 16 miles away and provides plenty of amenities and attractions. Beach 800 yards. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 5 miles.£54From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Inverurie, ScotlandInver House Apartment is a fine property set over two floors, and enjoys a panoramic view over the town’s Market Place. Exquisitely furnished with a mixture of traditional antique furniture, comfy leather sofas and modern fitted kitchen, you really do have the best of everything during your stay. There are two bedrooms and would suit couples or families looking for an excellent base to either attend weddings or functions locally, visiting friends or family, or simply to have a no fuss stay and visit the many attractions within the area. Just yards from the door are many excellent places to eat, from a morning croissant and fresh coffee, to fine dining or a takeaway, which you can enjoy whilst catching a movie on the large screen TV in the living room.
Inver House Apartment is located in the heart of the popular market town of Inverurie and is pleasantly situated, just a short walk from the many amenities on offer. The town has an excellent range of shopping facilities, and a full range of leisure pursuits both indoor and outdoor, including bowling, swimming, golf and tennis. Regular bus and train services to Aberdeen also mean that Inverurie is within easy commuting distance of the city, being only 16 miles away.
Situated in the valley of River Don, a popular spot for fishing, this is a good base for touring the many majestic castles. Inverurie is lovingly known as the ‘Heart of the Garioch’ and the town itself is swamped in history. It is only a short distance from the popular range of hills, Bennachie. The hills, especially the Mither Tap, are not only treasured by local hillwalkers but by visitors wishing to take in the panorama of Aberdeenshire’s vast countryside.£59From price per night based on 7 night stay