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.£77From 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.£56From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Castle Douglas, ScotlandThis fantastic conversion, formerly a stable block, is situated in a peaceful location in the heart of the Galloway Dark Sky Park, recognised as one of the twelve best stargazing sites in the world, and the first Dark Sky Park in the UK. Galloway Forest Park is Britain’s largest park, with 300 square miles of wild beauty waiting to be explored. The park boasts tranquil valleys, rugged rock faces, forest, moorland, lochs and ancient woodland as well as a huge diversity of wildlife, including red and roe deer, wild goats and many birds of prey. The park has also been awarded the status of only one of four Dark Sky Parks in the western world, and when the sun sets, enthusiasts come to wonder at the universe revealed above.
A fantastic retreat no matter where your interests lie. Walking direct from the door is a delight with many forest paths and walks to explore. Cycling on the quiet roads is a very popular pastime, and fly fishing is available on Lochanbreck Loch for rainbow trout, with day permits available, and pike fishing on nearby Loch Ken.
The mini observatory in the garden offers an opportunity to observe the birds at the feeders with, bird identifier books on hand, and red kites can be seen soaring above. Its location in the Dark Sky Park gives the most amazing skies so sit back and star gaze, and identify the stars from the charts. For dog walkers there is a superb dog cleaning area, with heated shower, shampoo, dog treats and towels, so after a day tramping the hills it is so easy to clean your pampered pooches before they curl up in front of the cosy wood burner. There are luxury holistic treatments available (by appointment only and booking separate, contact the owner direct), including relaxing massage, facials, Indian Head Massage and Reiki.
Nearby Loch Ken has a fantastic water sports and an adventure park where you can try your hand at canoeing, sailing, wind surfing, SUP and water skiing. The centre also offers archery, a climbing wall and zip wire.
The towns of Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, known as the ’food town’, and Kirkcudbright, the ’artists town’, are all within a short drive. Gatehouse of Fleet offers a range of places to eat and drink, and there are many attractions in and around the town including the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre, Cardoness Castle and the popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, which is host to one of Europe’s longest zip wires. Kirkcudbright attracts visitors throughout the year who are drawn by its pretty working harbour, as well as its historic high street and the diverse range of annual events and attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular ’Tattoo’, an event not to be missed. Beach 13 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles. Beach 13 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.£94From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Dumfries, ScotlandTerraughtie Cottage East is a delightful semi-detached cottage set along an unclassified road, on the outskirts of Dumfries, offering a lovely countryside location yet close enough for a lovely walk or cycle into town, around the local countryside or on the nearby cycle pathways. Terraughtie Cottage East has been completely renovated and modernised throughout in 2020 and offers the perfect and most comfortable home from home. There is a cosy wood burner in the sitting room just perfect for those chillier nights, and new and modern bathrooms and kitchen. The large gardens are the ideal playground for kids with plenty of space for them to enjoy whilst the adults relax. What better way to relax?
Only a few minutes’ walk from Terraughtie Cottage East is Kilnford Kitchen and Farm Shop. Before enjoying a bite to eat take a stroll through the nature trail where you can see belted Galloway cows or partake in a spot of bird watching from the bird hide. There is a secret garden where younger members of the family will love exploring. The farm shop stocks everything from gifts and flowers to takeaway meals. There is even an adventure playground for the children.
If fishing is your passion you can walk/cycle easily to Auldernauk Fishery from Terraughtie Cottage East, a most attractive and well stocked three acre fly-only loch holding good sized rainbow, blue, brown and tiger trout! A quiet and friendly family-owned fishery run by anglers.
If you can tear yourself away for a day sightseeing, the area is renowned for its rugged beauty from beautiful sandy beaches, cliff top walks and forest trails. The world renowned 7stanes mountain biking routes are also within easy reach. The area is well recognised for its clear skies as one of the 12 best stargazing sites in the world, with the Galloway Forest Park being the first Dark Sky Park in the UK. Pub and restaurant within 2½ miles. Shop within ¼ mile. Beach 17½ miles.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests.£96From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Newton Stewart, ScotlandThis detached country cottage, renovated in 2020/2021 is situated on a working farm and boasts stunning views over to the Mull of Galloway and over towards the Isle of Man. This area of Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches, which benefit from the warmth of the passing Gulf Stream. The cottage is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, offering an ideal base from which to explore the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills.
There are many beautiful gardens to visit, including the renowned Logan Botanical Gardens, which is a paradise to behold. You can also explore quaint villages such as Sandhead, Port William, Portpatrick, The Isle of Whithorn and the Mull of Galloway, home to the RSPB nature reserve, where thousands of seabirds nest on the cliff face during spring and summer.
The cottage is a short drive from Wigtown, which is famous for being Scotland’s National Book Town, a book lovers haven. This is also a great destination for cycling, fishing and golfing with St Medans 9 hole golf course and beach just 1½ miles down the road. This is a fantastic area for walkers, whether you are interested in clifftop, beach, hills or forest walks. There is easy access to The Galloway Forest Park, with its tranquil valleys, rugged rock faces, forest, moorland, lochs and ancient woodland, as well as a huge diversity of wildlife including red and roe deer, wild goats and many birds of prey. The park has also been awarded the status of one of only four Dark Sky Parks in the western world and when the sun sets, enthusiasts come to wonder at the universe revealed above. Dalmellington, at the far end of the park, is home to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory.
The town of Stranraer, only 30 minutes away, offers a selection of shops and restaurants; a short distance further is Cairnryan, where the ferry can be taken for a day trip to Ireland. Beach 2 miles. Shop 4½ miles, pub and restaurant 6 miles.£66From 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.£61From 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
- Newton Stewart, ScotlandThis spacious cottage, originally the old dairy house, is set on a working farm specialising in prize winning Belted Galloways and has lovely views over open countryside and a fantastic hot tub from which to relax and enjoy the views. Situated next door to the owner, the cottage is only a 5-minute drive to the popular town of Newton Stewart with shops, cafés, restaurants, a cinema and swimming pool. The location is very popular with walkers and cyclists with Glentrool, Kirroughtree and the 7Stanes mountain bike trails nearby, as well as a great choice of golf courses.
Situated on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park and the Dark Skies Park, the cottage is ideally placed to explore the beauty of South West Scotland. There is an abundance of fishing, bird watching, beautiful and exotic gardens, many rocky coves, sandy beaches and quaint villages to explore along the Machars Peninsula. The towns of Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town, Castle Douglas, Scotland’s food town and Kirkcudbright, the artists town, with shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants are all within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.£83From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Kirkcudbright, ScotlandBuckle House is set in the heart of the small thriving town of Gatehouse of Fleet, in this delightful and peaceful corner of Dumfries and Galloway. Buckle House gets its name from its past as it was once a shoe shop! This terraced house is warm and inviting from the moment you step through the door. From the cosy living room with comfortable sofas at the front of the house, to the snug where you can relax, heading into the lovely kitchen dining room with views over the garden. The bedrooms on the first floor are tranquil ensuring a good night sleep. The garden is just heaven for your four-legged friend, totally enclosed yet with direct access through a gate at the bottom onto Garries Park where you will find the paths that take you into Cally Woods as well as a bike shed to safely store your bikes.
There are many attractions in and around the town including the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre and Cardoness Castle. For a more laid back day there are delightful beaches within only a few minutes’ drive, including Mossyard and Carrick. The area has numerous walks available, from scenic coastal walks to forest trails. With sailing, swimming, horse riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by, there is something for everyone.
Warmed by the Gulf Stream, there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Garden (National Trust). Close to the Galloway Forest Park, home to the first Dark Sky Park in Europe, and central to 5 of the 7Stanes at Kirroughtree Forest and Dalbeattie Forest, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Kirroughtree has some of the best technical singletrack mountain bike trails in Scotland. Only a short drive away, Kirkcudbright, known as ’the artists’ town’, attracts visitors throughout the year drawn by the harbour, the historic high street and the diverse range of annual events and visitor attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular Tattoo, an event not to be missed. Beach 5¼ miles. Shop and restaurant 100 yards, pub 300 yards.
Buckle House can be booked together with No 7 (ref UK31891) to accommodate up to 9 guests.£91From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Castle Douglas, ScotlandThe Byre is a fantastic barn conversion in a beautiful rural location with open views over the adjoining farmland. Converted by the owner, the attention to detail throughout is evident from the moment you walk in. The stunning light-filled open plan living, kitchen, dining has vaulted ceilings and wall to wall glass doors opening onto the wrap around patio area. When the weather is fine there is no better place to sit and relax just taking in the views and on chillier evenings enjoy the heat from the patio heater while marvelling at the dark starry skies. Another impressive feature of The Byre is the staircase with glass balustrade which leads up to the impressive galleried first floor with twin beds and en-suite toilet. The quality continues in the ground floor bedrooms with sumptuous beds and bedding ensuring a restful night’s sleep and with modern en-suite shower room and separate bathroom if you don’t want to venture far The Byre has it all and more for you to enjoy a memorable holiday.
The Byre provides the perfect rural retreat for those looking for peace and tranquillity yet is only minutes by car from the small market town of Castle Douglas. For the energetic, The Byre is on a popular local circular 5-mile walk which takes you from the cottage into Castle Douglas and back along quiet country roads. In fact there are an abundance of walking and cycling routes on your doorstep. Castle Douglas is ideally placed for exploring this beautiful corner of south west Scotland. There are attractions in abundance, from beautiful sandy beaches to dramatic cliff tops. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by, there is something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including the National Trust’s Threave Gardens. Close to the Galloway Forest Park, home to the first Dark Sky Park in Europe, and central to five of the 7 Stanes, at Dalbeattie Forest and Kirroughtree Forest it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers.
This property can be booked together with Lime Tree Lodge (UK42849) to accommodate up to 8 guests.£196From price per night based on 7 night stay