Dog-friendly Hotels Dumfries and Galloway
Dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches and an abundance of wonderful woodlands make Dumfries and Galloway one of the most spectacular parts of lowland Scotland. With popular pet friendly hotels, you'll find Dumfries and Galloway an ideal spot for dog owners.
- Newton Stewart, ScotlandSituated in a peaceful, remote location within the Galloway Forest Park and surrounded by rolling hills, this detached holiday cottage offers a truly relaxing break. Walking and cycling is available directly from the property. Glentrool, one of the 7 Stanes, with its many marked trails is close by and offers walking and cycling for all abilities, and access to the Merrick, South West Scotland’s highest mountain, offers more demanding walking. Dumfries and Galloway with its many sandy beaches, rocky coves and picturesque villages are nearby, and the area provides ample opportunity to relax in the wealth of scenic and historic attractions. With its famously mild climate and the balmy influence of the Gulf Stream, Galloway is home to some of the most beautiful and exotic gardens. Ayrshire with easy access to Culzean Castle and Country Park, a favourite with visitors, is a 30 minute drive away. South West Scotland has a wealth of golf courses. Turnberry, Brunston Castle and Girvan are all within easy reach. The Ayrshire Coast and Burns Country provide enjoyable days out.£118From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stranraer, ScotlandThis spacious detached farmhouse sits in a tranquil location, surrounded by rolling hills with views towards the sea. Set on a working sheep and beef farm, it is situated on Scotland’s most southerly point near the Mull of Galloway. There are four bedrooms, with one having a wonderful view of the Irish Sea, and one with a country view over the farmland. The coastline is 500m away and just stunning with clifftop walks direct from the door. There are sandy beaches, shingle, and rocky coves to explore and birdlife in abundance. The RSPB Mull of Galloway, with thousands of nesting birds, is close by and the visitor centre is worth a visit.
The area is very popular with walkers with the Southern Upland Way passing close by. The climbing routes at Crammag Head, 500m from the house, are detailed in a local book by John Biggar. There are many coastal villages to explore in the area. Drummore and Port Logan are traditional fishing villages with beautiful beaches and quaint harbours. Sandhead has a wonderful beach and the best pub in the area. Portpatrick close by has a lovely harbour, some arts and crafts outlets and good restaurants. The town of Stranraer is 20 miles and offers shops, restaurants, and pubs. Sea fishing is available from Port Logan, and horse-riding opportunities at Trevally, just 6 miles away.
For the historians amongst you, the local hill has archaeological merit with an old hill fort on top. The owner provides a map to show you how to get there from Slockmill (approx 1.5 hour circular walk). Visit Kirkmadrine Stones where there is evidence for early Christianity 500AD. Bring a telescope and watch the night sky in truly dark skies. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan ferry terminal.
Cliff top walks - 550 yards, beach - 10 miles in Sandhead, shop, pub and restaurant - 4 miles in Drummore (note shop closes at 1pm on Sundays), main supermarkets - 20 miles in Stranraer, Cairnryan ferry terminal - 28 miles, Logan Botanical Gardens - 10.3 miles, Kirkmadrine Stones - 9.8 miles, Mull of Galloway Lighthouse - most southerly point in Scotland - 8 miles, Port Patrick - 19.5 miles, Newton Stewart - 38 miles, Forest of Galloway - 40 miles.£295From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Sandyhills, ScotlandThe Beachcomber is a bright and spacious caravan located on the quiet and peaceful David Bellamy Gold Conservation site of Coastal Kippford Holiday Park, where you can enjoy the wildlife and the beautiful woodland walk.
As you arrive at The Beachcomber there is a large and private enclosed decking area the perfect place for not only you to sit and relax but ideal for your four-legged friends. Inside there is a spacious and open plan living, dining and kitchen area with comfortable sofas and a fully equipped kitchen and all the amenities you will need for an enjoyable stay at The Beachcomber. The master bedroom with comfortable king size bed has an en-suite toilet, a second twin bedroom and a family shower room. With its peaceful location a stay at The Beachcomber you are certain to have an enjoyable stay.
Only a short stroll from The Beachcomber is the small and pretty seaside village of Kippford with two excellent seafront pubs and restaurants, and a tearoom. You can enjoy numerous walks and coastal paths in and around the village including the spectacular walk along the Jubilee Path to Rockcliffe, another seaside village just along the coast with its lovely sandy beach. Just across the road from Coastal Kippford there is a small 9-hole golf course whilst there are several championship courses within a short drive. For the biking enthusiast a must is a day spent at Dalbeattie Forest, a couple of miles along the road, and home to one of the famous 7Stanes mountain bike trails including Ironhash, Moyle Hill and the red graded Hardrock Trail.
Further afield this beautiful corner of Dumfries and Galloway will delight all ages from historical castles, National Trust Gardens, and miles of stunning and dramatic coastline. For the younger guests there are ice cream farms, park parks and a chocolate factory where you can make your own chocolate.£71From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Castle Douglas, ScotlandCraigvar House is a late Georgian townhouse situated in a quiet and pretty area of the small Galloway market town of Castle Douglas. Retaining internally many of its period features and character, furnished with eco-friendly antiques, the house offers you the surroundings of an earlier, slower, more gracious age, yet has all today’s amenities and conveniences that we expect and enjoy. Craigvar welcomes you.
The house makes an ideal holiday base for exploring the rich history and countryside of Galloway and for comfortable relaxation in sumptuous surroundings. It is situated just a stone’s throw from Carlingwark Loch and its Lochside Park where there are fine countryside walks and a play area for children. Yet Craigvar House is just a few minutes’ walk from Castle Douglas’s wide range of amenities, including an array of independent shops selling produce and quality gifts, a theatre, swimming pool, library, golf course, pubs, and plentiful opportunities for eating out.
Craigvar House offers spacious, well-equipped accommodation. Leading off the attractive hallway are the drawing-room and dining-room, and a small boot and coat room. At the rear of the ground floor is the kitchen, off which is situated the ground floor shower room. The rear entrance leads onto the pretty, fully fenced, dog-secure garden. The staircase leads to a half-landing off which is a cloakroom and a double bedroom furnished with a kingsize bed. The stairs then lead up to the first floor landing off which are two large double bedrooms overlooking gardens opposite. One bedroom has a kingsize bed, the other has two single beds. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom, the first with shower, the second with bath and shower. There is a small study at the end of the landing. On the second floor is a small sitting-room with comfortable sofa and chairs, providing a quiet space separate from the main reception rooms. Leading off it is a walk-in cupboard, really useful for storing those pesky suitcases.
From Craigvar House the Solway coast is within a short drive, giving access to safe sandy beaches, dramatic cliff-top walks, and wonderful coastal scenery. Fishing opportunities abound whether it be sea, coarse or game. There is a large choice of further outdoor activities in the area including bird watching, cycling, golf, hill walking, sailing, shooting, stalking, wildlife trails and woodland walks. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including the National Trust’s Threave Gardens nearby. Castle Douglas is close to the Galloway Forest Park, home to the first Dark Sky Park in Europe, and central to five of the “7stanes” - mountain biking heaven. Beach 13 miles.£85From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Annan, ScotlandWindsor Cottage is a charming cottage with delightful gardens in the small village of Carrutherstown. Windsor Cottage has all the comforts of home, a warm and welcoming living room, a lovely dining room where you can enjoy family meals after a day out, a well equipped kitchen and three comfortable bedrooms making it perfect for that family getaway. Outside Windsor Cottage which is a particularly attractive cottage, there is ample parking and an excellent garden to the rear perfect for your little ones or indeed your four legged friend. The owner will be pleased to look after your dog for the day if you want to go somewhere that doesn’t allow dogs.
Carrutherstown is just set off the A75 therefore Windsor Cottage really is the ideal location to start your holiday adventure from in this stunning area. Dumfries and Galloway has over 200 miles of stunning and dramatic coastline, indeed there is a view of the Sea from Windsor Cottage so you can explore right from your doorstep either by car, bike or foot. From golfing, mountain biking, challenging hill walks, to meanders along some beautiful but surprisingly quiet beaches, historic castles and gardens the area has something to keep everyone entertained. Return to Windsor Cottage and perhaps take a stroll 50 yards up the road to the restaurant and pub and enjoy a well lovely meal and a well earned drink! Beach 6 miles.£101From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stranraer, ScotlandRose Blair Lodge brings you the the most uplifting and tranquil retreat where the free-spirits can prance freely to the untamed beats of their hearts. Tucked into rolling meadows and matured woodlands, the lodge features an outdoor bathtub nestled among shrubs and flowing vines. This is a luxury abode where one can truly run wild, to meander down the path along a babbling brook to the long beaches and tidal rushes of the Dunskey Glen.
The best part of Rose Blair is the outdoor bathtub, where you can luxuriate in complete privacy, surrounded by green hedges and meadows. A large garden and lawn provides ample room for picnics, and a fire pit will add warmth for those sundowner cocktails. To make it even more special, a wishing well is right in the garden so you can channel your inner Disney princess and sing to the birds. A contained garden also means that your charming pooch will have a wild time exploring in perfect safety.
Right outside Rose Blair is a lovely trail, typically swathed in bluebells, wild garlic, and numerous wild flowers, that courses alongside a babbling brook. The trail leads all the way to the Dunskey Fairy Glen, through matured tree tunnels, across an ancient stone bridge and a gushing waterfall. Two private bays mark the end of the path, revealing the ocean, beach and clifflines in spectacular splendour.
The owner provides an amazing spread of a barbecue kit and grill, and a picnic basket for two, so you can explore the Estate or take lunch and champagne on the loch on one of their boats.
You’re not simply staying in a castle estate; you are staying on one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Dunskey Estate boasts two waterfalls, two lochs, and three beaches, with the most magnificent walks along the craggy Scottish coastline. This pleasure ground will be completely yours to explore, including a private walled garden and a maze. You will have the time of your life! Beach 300 yards. Shop 8 miles, pub and restaurant 300 yards.
Rose Blair Lodge can be booked together with Wild Geese Lodge (UK31046), Fern Forest House (UK31047), The Royal Castle Apartment (ref UK31086) and Fawn’s Velvet (ref UK7261) to accommodate up to 26 guests.£181From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Annan, ScotlandSix miles from the burgh of Langholm, this cottage has been lovingly put together with careful attention to detail. With a warm welcoming atmosphere from the outset, as you explore it just keeps getting better. Originally a water mill, this 19th-century, stone-built retreat is set in an idyllic location amid rolling countryside, dotted with beautiful rivers and streams. You can walk for miles without seeing anyone except the sheep with their lambs, creating the perfect countryside getaway for couples, whatever the time of year.
You enter through the sun room equipped with art materials and an easel, which continues through the sunny entrance hall and onto a truly fully equipped kitchen, where the smell of homemade bread will greet you, if you are early enough! As well as the usual mod cons, there is also a coffee maker with grinder, juicer, bread machine, fondue, slow cooker and more. The welcome pack has eggs from true free ranging hens, along with other treats and something for your furry friends! The large open-plan living area is really something special, with a sumptuous sofa, leather recliner and a one-of-a-kind cottage craft dining table. Exposed stonework and a cathedral beam ceiling bring an enchanting feel to the interior. Settle down with the wood burner ablaze and take it all in. Follow the spiral staircase up to the galleried bedroom, featuring an aromatherapy diffuser and Velux windows which you can open up to watch the sky above and hear the calming sounds of the river flowing nearby from the extra large kingsize bed dressed in luxury linen. A separate dressing area leads onto an en-suite with a spa bath, fully equipped with washing toiletries, massage oils and toys, including rubber ducks! Emerge from the tub to Egyptian cotton bath sheets and spa dressing gowns and slippers. Even the downstairs toilet has been given its own unique character.
Hills and fields grace the outside, ideal for a stroll, or let the dog run around in the enclosed garden, whilst you relax on the seating area of your choice to watch the birds. In the evening, fire up the barbecue or the chiminea, enjoy the fairy lights dotted about or light the outdoor candles while you snuggle up in blankets provided and listen to the babble of the river. There are four seating areas in the garden and a pond. There is also a secret path! Find it and explore the river, which is available for fishing if you fancy a go. There is a good selection of games, books and DVDs etc. Make sure you explore everywhere as there are hidden toys and surprises. The owners also have friendly dogs themselves, and have tried to think of everything to ensure that your stay is truly magical.
Langholm hosts festivals for music, food and arts, and the annual Common Riding draws many visitors. There is also a 9-hole golf course in Langholm and the Buccleuch Theatre holds performances and events. Within easy reach lies Lockerbie, home to a good selection of bars, restaurants, recreational and shopping facilities, as well as a jazz festival. A short drive from Langholm in the River Esk Valley is the Kagyu Samye Ling, the first Tibetan Buddhist centre established in the west. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.£61From price per night based on 7 night stay