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.
- Gatehouse of Fleet, ScotlandSituated on a working farm, The Barn has been converted out of the old part of the farm steading and refurbished in 2018. Nestled in the Girthon Valley and surrounded by some of the best scenery in Galloway, with great walks, both woodland and coastal. Galloway has 200 miles of beautiful coastline, wild mountains and moorland, pretty towns and charming villages. The area also offers a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy, be it visiting the local ice cream factory, Cream O’ Galloway at Sandgreen, CocoaBean Chocolate Factory at Twynholm or why not visit Laggan Outdoors, which has one of the longest zip wires in Europe. There are many exciting and beautiful cycle paths straight from your door or try the world famous 7Stanes challenge. There is an abundance of local lochs and rivers if fishing is preferred! There is something for everyone in this beautiful unspoilt corner of Scotland. The cottage is only a few minutes drive from the charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet which offers a wide range of places to eat and relax. There are many attractions in and around the town including the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre and Cardoness Castle. Beach 1½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.
The Barn can be booked together with The Stable (CC537233), Valley View (CC537234), Middle Byre (CC537236) and The Bothy (UK5803) to accommodate up to 22 guests.£71From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Glenluce, ScotlandFrom its elevated, secluded position, ’Up Yonder’ offers the ideal rural location from which to explore all aspects of Wigtownshire and the south west corner of Scotland. The village of Glenluce, with its pub, shop and abbey, is conveniently only a 5-minute walk away. The panoramic view from the upstairs living room balcony with its table and chairs looks out across Luce Bay to the Mull of Galloway, and is a fabulous spot for relaxing while watching the sun setting.
With close proximity to transport links, it makes touring all the region’s beautiful countryside and attractions accessible. These include the Rhinns of Galloway and Machars Peninsulas, with their lighthouses, wealth of culture, art, book and music festivals, historic buildings, wildlife and renowned gardens. A short distance inland is the Galloway Forest which offers exceptional walking and cycling opportunities while those nocturnally inclined, can experience the wonders of Britain’s premier Dark Sky Park. Sporting opportunities abound with river, loch and sea fishing and many fine golf courses within easy reach, Wigtownshire County Course being only a mile away.
Wigtownshire boasts a number of ambient small ports such as Portpatrick, Port William, Sandhead and Isle of Whithorn which are all only a short drive away. Stranraer and Newton Stewart offer a more varied shopping experience, while the Solway and Ayrshire coasts with their multitude of attractions are easily reached. A 20-minute drive from the property reaches the port of Cairnryan where regular ferries offer a day trip to Belfast and Northern Ireland.
The property is easily accessed directly from your car to the front door via a ramp. Situated beside the parking area is a large bike store. Inside, the house with its solid oak flooring throughout, is spacious, well-furnished and benefits from full oil-fired central heating. Up Yonder is suitable for both small and larger parties of guests. Shop ½ mile.£115From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Carronbridge, ScotlandThis charming semi-detached cottage, which was once the village smithy, is in the tiny hamlet of Carronbridge just two miles from the broad streets of Thornhill with its good local shops, pubs and restaurants. Very comfortable, bright and welcoming yet retaining original features such as working shutters, it provides a delightful base from which to get to know this fascinating region. The extensive grounds of Drumlanrig Castle are just two miles away, where there are lovely walks and the castle to visit. There are activities for everyone nearby, walks from the doorstep along the riverside, a playpark in the village, golf, fishing, hill walking and even panning for gold at Wanlockhead. Dumfries is 20 miles and the coast at Sandyhills around an hours drive.£54From price per night based on 7 night stay
- 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, ScotlandNestled in the heart of the oldest part of Drummore, the southernmost village in Scotland, lies Ticketyboo Cottage. A short walk from the cottage will take you to the beach or any of the four pubs and cafés, village shop, post office and play park for the smaller guests.
Ticketyboo Cottage has been furnished to a high standard with a comfortable suite in the lounge/dining area where you get views over the garden and a glimpse of Luce Bay while enjoying your morning coffee. The kitchen again overlooks the garden and has everything you may need to make your stay here at Ticketyboo Cottage perfect. There is a large master bedroom with kingsize sleigh bed and separate dressing area, as well as a twin room and a large bathroom with bath and separate shower. Outside is a lovely enclosed garden area with patio and a barbecue.
From the garden, the garage opens to reveal the games room featuring a full-size pool table which can be converted to an air hockey table or ¾ size table tennis table, a table football table and a dart board, a fantastic place to entertain yourself if the weather is a bit disagreeable. To the front of the cottage is a further patio area with a tête-a-tête set where perhaps a glass of wine can be enjoyed on a fine evening.
Drummore is a small coastal village situated in the Rhins of Galloway, Scotland’s most southerly point and offers stunning uninterrupted views across the sea. The area is unspoilt, boasting idyllic scenery and amazing seascapes around the Rhins, as dramatic as they are beautiful. Other local attractions include golf courses and the RSPB Scotland, Mull of Galloway nature reserve where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. Harbour porpoises, dolphins, seals, otters and minke whales can also be spotted. Walking is a delight, whether clifftop, beaches, hills or forests. It is a cyclist’s paradise, with the world famous 7Stanes within easy reach.£66From 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
- Dalbeattie, ScotlandHolly Cottage is an attractive semi-detached cottage located on a quiet lane on the edge of Palnackie, a popular village with a shop, award winning café and pub/restaurant. Holly Cottage has been refurbished and is beautifully decorated throughout. The attractive living/dining room with has comfortable sofas and a cosy wood burner is the perfect place to relax after a day exploring. The bedrooms are just as inviting with sumptuous super kingsize zip and link beds guaranteeing a peaceful night’s sleep.
Palnackie sits on the Urr Estuary and was once a busy working harbour and probably most famous in recent years for the ’World Flounder Tramping’. Only 3 miles from Holly Cottage is the small town of Dalbeattie and the area surrounding is hugely popular with walkers and cyclists of all ages. The world famous 7Stanes mountain trails at Dalbeattie Forest offer some of the best mountain biking in the country and attracts riders from across the UK and beyond. With its dramatic clifftops, sandy beaches and forests, walking is a delight with many beautiful walks from the doorstep. A particularly lovely walk is the walk to Almorness Point and its lovely beach, well worth a visit.
This delightful corner of South West Scotland will tempt all ages to return time and again. Warmed by the gulf stream, there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens National Trust. Enjoy a drive from Dalbeattie along the Solway Coast with its extensive sandy beaches, rocky coves, traditional fishing villages and harbour ports, such as Kippford and Rockcliffe. Castle Douglas is close by, where you will find larger supermarkets and some wonderful unique shops, and Kirkcudbright just a little further afield, also has a variety of delightful little shops as well as the harbour where you can see the fishing boats returning. The area is well recognised for its clear skies as one of the twelve best stargazing sites in the world and the first Dark Sky Park in the UK so return to Holly Cottage after a day exploring and sit in the garden on a clear night and enjoy the spectacle.£65From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stranraer, ScotlandOnly a stroll from the beautiful sandy beach at Sandhead, stretching for 7 miles, the village also has a restaurant, pub and shop. The surrounding area boasts rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches, with challenging walks in the uplands of the Galloway Hills to gentle seaside trails, as well as rolling moors and dramatic cliff-top walks. Well worth a visit is The Mull of Galloway, with its grass topped visitor centre - Scotland’s most southerly point, with amazing views of Ireland, England, the Isle of Man and Scotland! Lucky visitors may spot seals and minke whales and will most certainly see a host of seabirds. Portpatrick is a short drive and the village lies at the start of the Southern Upland Way; one of Scotland’s most acclaimed long distance footpaths.
The bustling town of Stranraer, situated at the head of Loch Ryan, is the gateway to the Rhinns of Galloway. The town’s main attraction is the Castle of St. John, a ruined four-story tower house built around 1500, which sits on a green in the main street. There are several eye-catching artworks in the area surrounding the castle. Stranraer Museum can be found in the old town hall. Close by are Castle Kennedy Gardens, with the castle, two lochs, a giant lily pond and an avenue of monkey puzzle trees. Logan Botanic Garden sits 13 miles south of the town and is home to exotic ferns and palms and boasts a beautiful walled garden. Why not take the high speed ferry to Ireland for a spot of sightseeing or a shopping trip to Belfast perhaps? Within easy reach is The Galloway Forest Park, which has been awarded status as a ’Dark Sky Park’, with plentiful walking opportunities and wildlife to spot. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
These properties can be booked to accommodate up to 18 guests£94From 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