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.
- Stranraer, ScotlandThe Lodge on the Beach is a two bedroomed log cabin set in probably one of the most stunning and truly unique locations in South West Scotland. Nestled on the shores of Auchenmalg Bay on an eight acre plot and just yards from your door is the family friendly beach. With its magical location, The Lodge on the Beach offers you a wonderful relaxing escape for all the family. With the views, the beautiful sunrises, the sublime sunsets over the Mull of Galloway, the walks, and sound of the waves just yards away, you will be blown away by the scenery and the location.
The Lodge on the Beach is ideally placed to explore the wider and unspoilt area of South West Scotland if you can drag yourself away. A very short stroll along the beach takes you to a delightful country pub and restaurant if you don’t want to cook after your day out exploring. A few minutes away by car is Glenluce, where there is a local shop selling essentials and 20 minutes away Stranraer offers a greater range of shops including Supermarkets. This area of Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches as well as inland forests and hills making walking a delight and for the cyclists the world famous 7Stanes mountain biking trails are close by at Kirroughtree. The Lodge on the Beach is an ideal base for a Golfing Holiday. With Wigtownshire County Club less than ten minutes from the Lodge, and South West Scotland boasts twenty three Golf courses. The icing on the cake is that just over an hour away there is Turnberry.
Along the coast is the lovely little village of Port William, known as the “Machars of Galloway” and of course you must go and find “The Man” and get a photograph with him. As well as Port William, you can also explore quaint villages such as Sandhead, Portpatrick and the Isle of Whithorn. A must is a visit to Wigtown, which is famous for being Scotland’s National Book Town, a book lovers haven. The Mull of Galloway, Scotland’s most southerly point and home to the RSPB nature reserve, where thousands of seabird’s nests on the cliff face during spring and summer is definitely worth a visit. Beach 1 mile.£237From price per night based on 7 night stay
- 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
- Gatehouse of Fleet, ScotlandSituated on a working farm, Middle Byre originally housed the cattle on the farm and has been delightfully converted into a comfortable and spacious holiday property perfect for families. The property is nestled in the Girthon Valley and is 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.
Middle Byre can be booked together with The Stable (CC537233), Valley View (CC537234), The Barn (CC537235) and The Bothy (UK5803) to accommodate up to 22 guests.£97From 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
- Sandyhills, ScotlandSand View is a detached bungalow which has been completely refurbished in 2021. It is comfortable and cosy, and has the most stunning views over the Solway Firth. Sand View is the perfect place to enjoy this much loved coastal resort in beautiful south west Scotland.
From the conservatory you can sit and relax taking in the uninterrupted view of the Solway Coast.
The coastal village of Southerness has undoubtedly some of the most outstanding views of the Solway Firth to the English Lake District. Explore the beach and the striking white landmark of the lighthouse, built in 1749, or challenge yourself on the championship golf course.
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which to explore beautiful Dumfries and Galloway, from its beaches right on your doorstep, to coves, cliff top walks and forest trails. With countless historic sites throughout the region and many fun filled activities, there is something to suit all ages, whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery along the way. Return after a day’s sightseeing to the peace and tranquillity of Sand View. Beach 20 yards. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.£116From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Newton Stewart, ScotlandThe Smithy of Longcastle is a lovely rural cottage set peacefully in large gardens where the kids will have plenty of space to run around. The Cottage has been updated and modernised in 2021. It is a spacious and bright cottage with large master bedroom with patio doors opening onto the garden. The kitchen/dining room is the hub of the house where you can sit and enjoy a family meal reminiscing over your days activities in this delightful area. The living room is complete with OnDemand TV and superfast fibre broadband.
The Smithy of Longcastle whilst set in a delightful rural area amidst rolling farmland is just few miles from the small village of Whauphill and only 5 miles from the coast and the lovely little village of Port William, known as the “Machars of Galloway” has a rugged coastline and boasts stunning views over Luce Bay to the Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man. Wigtown, Scotland’s very own book town, is well worth a visit where you can enjoy a few hours absorbed in the many and varying book shops.
Enjoy the rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches which benefit from the warmth of the passing Gulf Stream and must is a visit to the world-renowned Logan Botanical Garden with its many exotic plants and trees. The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Galloway Forest, home to the 7 Stanes Kirroughtree and Glentrool mountain bike trails, numerous lochs and the Galloway hills is only a short drive away. One of the UK’s only Dark Skies Park is close by with its superb dark skies at night and is well worth visiting. There are many walking and cycling trails on your doorstep, as well as golf, sailing, fishing and riding. With a wealth of things to do in the area, The Smithy of Longcastle is the perfect location. Beach 6¼ miles.£80From 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
- Dumfries, ScotlandOdea is a lovely little terraced cottage located on the fringes of the County town of Dumfries. Odea is tastefully furnished, very comfortable and is a delightful home from home and with a cosy sitting room, modern kitchen, a good sized bathroom, a large bedroom on the ground floor and a further 2 large bedrooms on the first floor as well as a small Snug – perfect for the little ones! To the rear the garden gets the sun most of the day so perfect for dining al fresco when the weather is fine. Fresh hen eggs from on-site as provided as part of your welcome pack. Odea is in a great location for not only walking and cycling but perfect as a base for exploring the whole region.
Dumfries, the county town of beautiful Dumfries and Galloway, is the ideal place to base yourself. Take a stroll into town from Odea where you will find high street shops, an array of lovely cafes and restaurants to enjoy as well as numerous museums, the Camera Obscura, Robert Burns’ house or mausoleum - Scotland’s most famous poet spent the last years of his life here. A stroll through the Crichton ground and Castledykes Park on a fine day is a must! Not far from the town, a visit to Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, a spectacular 1400-acre wild reserve, will keep you busy all day no matter what time of year. If you want to explore more of this beautiful area, there are attractions in abundance, from beautiful sandy beaches to dramatic cliff tops along the majestic Solway Coast. 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 National Trust 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 Mabie and Dalbeattie Forests, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers.£91From 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
- 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