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.
- Dalton, ScotlandSituated on the outskirts of a quiet village, in the heart of 7Stanes Mountain Biking country, this detached, converted former dairy is set on a small holding and boasts stunning views over open countryside. This holiday cottage is ideally located to explore local history, with castles, abbeys, mansions and ruins. Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, offering an ideal base from which to explore the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. The historic cities of Edinburgh and Carlisle, cosmopolitan Glasgow and the North Lake District are easily reached within an hour. Fishing is available on the River Annan at Hoddom, and there is golfing close by at Hoddom and Powfoot, as well as all the courses Dumfries and Galloway has to offer. Beach 5 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.£76From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Southerness, ScotlandSituated in the seaside village of Southerness, this detached property is a mere 100 yards from the sandy beach and provides spacious accommodation from which to explore south west Scotland. Located on the spectacular Solway coast near Dumfries and close to the stunning Galloway Forest Park, Britain’s largest forest park, it is a popular area for walkers and cyclists with world class mountain biking at Dalbeattie 7 Stanes nearby. With unspoilt villages, dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches, rocky coves, magnificent gardens, castles and ancient monuments to explore. Wildlife is in abundance with the RSPB nature reserve just along the coast. Championship golf course 300 yards away and fishing, riding and sailing are all available. Sweetheart Abbey, Drumlanrig Castle and Gardens, and Mabie Farm Park are all within easy reach. Beach 100 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.£65From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Kirkgunzeon, ScotlandSituated in the quiet village of Kirkgunzeon, close to the town of Dalbeattie, this spacious semi-detached holiday cottage looks onto a bubbling stream at the bottom of the garden. There are various walks available, from scenic coastal walks to marked forest trails with the world class Dalbeattie 7 Stanes mountain trail close by, as well as Mabie Forest - it is a popular location for mountain bikers of all levels. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by, there is sure to be something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (National Trust), historical sites and castles to explore. Discover the Solway Coast with its extensive sandy beaches, rocky coves, traditional fishing villages and harbour ports. Kirkcudbright, the artists’ town, has art galleries, antique shops, museums and shops while Castle Douglas, Scotlands Food Town, is a traditional market town with many local foods available. Beach 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.£50From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Sandyhills, ScotlandSea View 40 is a wonderful holiday home, taking advantage of the stunning sea views on a lovely holiday village in Southerness. It is set in a spectacular corner of south west Scotland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Only a short walk away is the beautiful sandy beach where not only you, but your four legged friend can enjoy the vast beach.
The open-plan living area at Sea View 40 opens up onto the enclosed decking through the floor to ceiling patio doors, so whatever the weather you can make the most of that view. With two bedrooms, the master having its own dressing area and en-suite toilet, and a well-equipped kitchen, this really is a gorgeous home from home. There is lots on-site to entertain the whole family including the indoor swimming pool and entertainment nights, as well as restaurants, pubs and a shop (seasonal) in the village.
The coastal village of Southerness has undoubtedly some of the most outstanding views of the Solway Firth, with views towards the Lake District hills in the distance. Explore the beach and striking white lighthouse, originally built in 1749, and the second oldest lighthouse in Scotland. For the golfers in the family, a must is a round of golf on the famous Southernesss championship links course!
Whilst pottering on the beach or around the holiday park may keep you entertained all week, if you want to explore further afield you have the ideal base to discover beautiful Dumfries and Galloway, from its beaches and coves to cliff top walks and forest trails. A popular area for walkers and cyclists, there is world class mountain biking at Mabie and Dalbeattie 7Stanes. Magnificent gardens, castles and ancient monuments are also waiting to be explored. Wildlife abounds, and a RSPB nature reserve is just along the coast and is well worth a visit at any time of year. With countless historic sites throughout the region and many fun-filled activities for the kids from farm parks to chocolate factories, your holiday will be action packed.£93From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Dumfries, ScotlandBeira’s Garden, Knockendoch is a truly magical cottage set in expansive and award-winning gardens, beautifully planted and shaped by one of Scotland’s leading landscapists, with a variety of indigenous shrubs, trees and ferns. The house itself, built on the site of a former bothy, is wonderfully sheltered from the prevailing east winds and nestles into the lower slopes of two of Dumfries and Galloway’s most beautiful mountains, Knockendoch and Criffel. Even when there’s wind on the hills, there’s peace in Beira’s Garden!
The house itself has been beautifully decorated to the highest standard, with historic wallpapers designed to complement the moods of the different parts of the garden in each of the bedrooms - while the large kitchen-dining room and the light-filled garden room have been painted in restful shades. From one end of the garden visitors can sit and enjoy breath-taking views across the valley; at the other end they can sit and picnic next to the mountain stream that flows through the garden on its way down to the picturesque village of New Abbey, where there is a village shop, a pub and a cafe. On the summit of the hill opposite towers one of the best loved monuments of the region, the Waterloo Monument. Looking back down to the village, visitors have a splendid view of Sweetheart Abbey, a famous ruin once painted by England’s most famous artist, J.M.W. Turner - and from a spot very close to where Beira’s Garden now stands.
Until 2018, the route to Knockendoch and Criffel was almost impassable, but thanks to a recent council initiative a perfect walkers’ track has been laid and this now paves the way to one of the most beautiful views in Scotland. The summit of Knockendoch, which once took the hardiest walker 2 hours and more to reach, can now be attained in around 50 minutes. From the top there are amazing views across the Solway Firth and - on a clear day - all the way across to the peaks of the Lake District. From there the walk on to Criffel is easy and very scenic.
There are beautiful fishing lochs within a short distance from the house and the best organic delicatessen in southern Scotland is less than 10 minutes away by car. There is also a choice of three supermarkets 15 minutes away in Dumfries. There are few better places from which to explore wonderful Dumfries and Galloway than Beira’s Garden, Knockendoch. Beach 8 miles.£196From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Newton Stewart, ScotlandSituated on a working cattle farm, this pair of detached cottages are in the ideal location to explore Dumfries and Galloway, from the Galloway Hills and the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park, with many hidden lochs, burns and waterfalls, to the beautiful coastline with sandy beaches, rocky coves and picturesque villages. You may even be lucky and spot seals and minke whales, and will most certainly see a host of seabirds.
The area is steeped in history and the landscape diverse, a haven for artists, birdwatchers and walkers. The Mull of Galloway, with its lighthouse and grass topped visitor centre, is Scotland’s most southerly point with amazing views of Ireland, England, the Isle of Man and Scotland! Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve is the largest local reserve in the UK. It has internationally recognised, significant numbers of pink-footed geese, greylag geese, many species of duck and wading birds, visiting in autumn and winter.
Horse riding, golf, sailing, diving and numerous walks are available in the area and 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. Beach 3 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 3 miles.
Mid Bishopton Cottage (ref UK10910) can be booked together with Cotters Cottage (ref UK10922) to accommodate up to 8 guests.£58From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Dumfries, ScotlandThis pretty, grade II listed farmhouse is ideal for families or groups of friends. Set in a peaceful rural location overlooking fields it is the perfect retreat. The Castle Loch walk can be accessed by turning right out of the courtyard and is ideal for walks with children and dogs. The house is ideally situated for exploring, with handy transport links. With its golden, sweeping beaches, rugged forests, pretty coastal villages and historic houses and castles Dumfries and Galloway is an often overlooked treasure that is well worth exploring. When the sun is shining there are lovely walks taking in the stunning scenery, alongside world class mountain bike trails and nature reserves of international importance, due to the bird species they attract. Even in poorer weather there’s still a multitude of things to enjoy from Robert Burns’ house, the Camera Obsura, the Annadale Distillery to the magical Moat Brae; the birthplace of Peter Pan. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.£144From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Dumfries, ScotlandLiftingstane Farmhouse (ref UK10452) is an imposing, detached farmhouse which has been refurbished in 2018. The farmhouse is spacious and a particular feature of the property is the large, open plan kitchen, living and dining area, the perfect place to enjoy family time together. The additional sitting room with its large inglenook fireplace with wood burner offers that cosy room for the winter evenings. The views from Liftingstane Farmhouse are pretty special too!
Liftingstane Farm is set in a rural location in the mid-section of the beautiful Nith Valley in Dumfries-shire, near to the small village of Closeburn and 3 miles from Thornhill. There is a choice of activities locally to suit all ages including walking, cycling, golfing, fishing and birdwatching. Enjoy a round of golf at the local 18-hole course in Thornhill, or if fishing is your thing, the River Nith provides numerous areas to fish for salmon and trout (licence required). Drumlanrigg Castle and Gardens, Ellisland (once home to Robert Burns), Charles Jenck’s Garden of Cosmic Speculation and world class mountain biking routes, the 7 Stanes, are all on your doorstep. 20 minutes south is the town of Dumfries with lots to keep the whole family entertained with farm parks, swimming, ice-skating, art centres and shopping.
According to local historical records Liftingstane Farm had a ’lifting stane’ (lifting stone) on the property up until about 200 years ago, hence how the farm got its name. Unfortunately, no one knows what happened to it. The challenge of the Lifting Stane is to lift it, proving an individual’s strength. Lifting Stanes are common throughout Scotland, Wales and Cumbria, and recently stones have been incorporated into the World’s Strongest Man competitions.
Further afield, take a trip to the Galloway Forest Park, one of the darkest places in the UK, in fact the UK’s first Dark Sky Park. A visit to this area of south west Scotland would not be complete without a day trip to the rugged coastline and seaside, with visits to the quaint villages and towns such as Kippford, Sandyhills, Southerness and Kirkcudbright.
This is a central base for day trips to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stranraer or Carlisle which are all within a 1½ hour drive. If you fancy a stress-free day, why not just relax in the peace and quiet at the farmhouse. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 3 miles.
Liftingstane Farmhouse can be booked together with Liftingstane Cottage (ref UK5232) and Liftingstane Dairy Cottage (ref UK5878) to accommodate up to 17 guests.£99From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Kirkcudbright, ScotlandThis stunning, detached bungalow, equipped with some disabled facilities, is the perfect retreat to explore the best of one of Scotland’s most secret places. The property also features a full-sized pool table which can also be used for table tennis. Offering fantastic holiday accommodation, Bengali is situated in the small hamlet of Ringford yet the local designated food town of Castle Douglas and the pretty artist’s town of Kirkcudbright are very accessible. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.£105From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Colvend, ScotlandA detached wooden lodge in a Barend holiday park, two miles from Colvend near Scotland's beautiful Solway coast. Ideal for the beach, fishing, walking and cycling. Coast 8 mins walk. Dalbeattie 6.5 miles.£55From price per night based on 7 night stay