Pet Friendly Lodges Scottish Borders
From the rolling hills and charming countryside in the west to the gentle valleys and the beautiful Berwick coastline in the east, the Scottish Borders is one of the most fascinating areas of Scotland and the pawfect escape in one of our pet friendly lodges.
A scattering of inspiring abbeys, castles and cultural landmarks share the landscape with spectacular scenery, so there's plenty for you and your pup to explore on what is sure to be a memorable dog-friendly holiday.
- Duns, ScotlandSet in a lovely, rural village setting, in the beautiful Scottish Borders near Berwick-on-Tweed on the East Coast mainline. With a lovely, enclosed garden to relax in, river walks right next to the village and an award-winning pub on your doorstep - you’ll have everything you could wish for for a holiday in Scotland.
Purves Cottage is a prominent and historic yet homely and cosy building, formerly a tailor’s business, one of many in the village back in the early 1900s, which has now been lovingly converted to a delightful spacious holiday cottage. It is in perfect location for walks or fishing on the Whiteadder and Blackadder rivers at Allanton (just 100 yards from the cottage) and nearby on the Tweed in various locations throughout the borders. There is a separate fully enclosed garden out to the rear which is accessed across the parking area looking out over the field with basic BBQ facilities, table and chairs and a whirligig washing line should you need it. There is a log store here too, and a selection of outdoor games. There is a water hose fitted outside if you want to wash dogs from a muddy walk!
Allanton usually hosts a number of annual events including a summer beer festival and garden party (June). Being just 100 yards up the street it’s not far to stumble home after a tipple or two. Choose from over 40 gins, a great selection of wines and fabulous food. There is a beer garden to the rear and dogs are also welcome. On sunny days you can dine al fresco in the pretty garden overlooking the fields towards the coast.
There is play-park further up the village for young children, and you have access to some of the most beautiful countryside and riverside walks.
The cottage is perfectly located to enjoy an abundance of sights, places to visit, attractions and activities for all tastes including amazing walks, beaches, golf, fishing, shooting, cycle routes and surfing. St Abbs and Coldingham on the coast a few miles away are excellent for surfing, sea-kayaking, and diving. There are a number of historic houses and castles nearby such as Manderston, Thirlestaine, Mellerstain and Floors Castle all a short drive away throughout the Borders. Alnwick Castle & Gardens (of Harry Potter fame!) is a short drive down the A1, as is Bamburgh Castle on the fantastic Northumberland coast. You can take a drive down the coast through a number of pretty coastal villages and towns. Holy Island or Lindisfarne (featured in TV series Vikings and The Last Kingdom) is a real treat to visit with lovely local shops selling gifts, art and ice-cream, Lindisfarne Castle and beautiful historic priory to walk around. Holy Island is cut off twice-daily from the rest of the world by fast-moving tides which cover over the causeway road to and from the island - so be sure to check the crossing times or you’ll be stranded! Shop 1 mile. Beach 11 miles.
Please note that Allanton is in a rural area and August is the main harvest month here for farmers rushing to get the crops in dodging the rain, so farm traffic can be going through the village at all hours during this time.£94From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Selkirk, ScotlandBridge Cottage is an ideal escape for a small family or a couple who want to get away and enjoy a break in a secluded rural setting on the edge of a village. Completed in 2023 with holiday makers in mind, this gorgeous modern cottage is located just outside the village of Earlston in The Scottish Borders. There are two bedrooms in the property, one double room with a kingsize bed and one fitted as a twin with two single beds. The open living space is perfect for those travelling as family or with friends. Areas to socialize include the dining area, around the wood burning stove or on the spacious deck. There is also an enclosed lawn area for children and dogs to run around in. The kitchen has everything needed to prepare and enjoy meals. A dishwasher makes clearing up that little bit easier. That said, there are a number of places that guests may wish to eat out within Earlston and the surrounding towns and villages while enjoying or ending day trips. One of the nice things about this lovely part of Scotland is that you’re never far from anything to suit any taste or hobby. Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, is also reachable by car (about an hours drive), by bus (the bus stop is 5 minutes walk away) or by train from Tweedbank station (the station is 3 miles away).£58From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Kelso, ScotlandThis detached cottage is ideal for families or two couples looking to escape to the picturesque Scottish Borders. This three-bedroom cottage sleeps five people comfortably in the three bedrooms which are fitted as a kingsize room, double room and single room.
Located near to the towns of Kelso which is 6 miles away, and Duns which is 8 miles away, West Cottage was part of the original farm cottages and is surrounded by fields and countryside worked by the farm, so there will likely be some cows, sheep or horses coming to the fences to say hello when you’re out exploring.
The cottage accommodation is surprising in the generous size of the rooms. Downstairs the living room is ideal for relaxing in front of a movie on the TV and enjoying the cosiness of the wood burner. The kitchen is sure to be the hub of this ’home away from home’ given its size and how it’s equipped with an electric range cooker, guests will no doubt be creating meals of ’Masterchef’ standard to be enjoyed in the dining area, whatever the occasion. A shower room is downstairs completing the ground floor. Upstairs there are three bedrooms as mentioned and a four-piece bathroom with bath and shower. The house has gas heating to provide a heat boost when the fire isn’t on, although guests will find this a cosy house all year round.
Outside the generous back garden is fully enclosed and ideal for kids and dogs to run around enjoying and tiring themselves out.
The nearby village of Greenlaw is a short 2 mile drive away and boasts a pharmacy, butchers, pub and shop. The other surrounding villages, towns and attractions throughout the Borders provide something for literally every taste. Whether you want a light challenge of a hill walk or just to sit and enjoy the sleepy vibe of this fabulous part of Scotland. Venture a little further to Edinburgh (an hour by car) or head west towards Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, even south to the glorious beaches of Northumberland. All are more than doable for day trips by car.£82From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Peebles, ScotlandLocated between the towns of Peebles and Biggar, just south of Edinburgh, is this gorgeous cottage on Drumelzier Place Farm. Set back from the River Tweed and within its own enclosed garden, Tweedford Cottage, as the name suggests, overlooks the original Ford Crossing on the river.
Completely upgraded and updated in 2022, this two-bedroom cottage is the ideal escape from the busyness of day-to-day life. Kick back, relax and enjoy either the stunning beauty of the surrounding area with the views from the cottage or venture outside and explore. The cottage is ideal for small families, couples, or a small group of friends. The living space is fabulous, with a stunning view and wood burner, the open-plan kitchen with breakfast area is exceptionally well equipped to luxury standard. The dining room, which takes full advantage of the view, is also open plan to the living space and is an ideal place to sit and enjoy a cuppa or maybe even read a book. There’s a utility with washing machine, separate to the kitchen, just off the hall. Outside the garden provides the space for your kids and dogs to run free, sit and relax or have a barbecue enjoying the picture postcard views.
Perhaps you’re looking for a base to explore that little bit further. With Edinburgh around 40 minutes by car and Glasgow just over an hour away, this is the ideal location for that feeling of peace and quiet yet still being so close to everything. Tweedford Cottage (UK41063) can be booked with Nettlebush Cottage (UK5629) also on the farm to accommodate up to 6 people.£96From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Hawick, ScotlandSometimes we all just need an escape. Here in the heart of Craik Forest, you can do just that! if you’re in the mood, then flick the switch and you’ll be tech free, since there is no phone signal here in Craik. That said, with another flick of the switch, the high speed Wi-Fi is back on and you’re connected to the world again. Just 12 miles from the border town of Hawick you will have the happy balance of not being away from it all but not cut off - and there are local shops are nearby in most of the smaller villages. In terms of activities you will not need to travel far to find something exciting to do.
This semi-detached house is is an ideal retreat for either a family of five or a small group. All three bedrooms are located on the upper floor, whilst the bathroom is on the ground floor. The main living space is also on the ground floor, too, where you can sit and relax at the end of a day spent exploring or engaging in activity-based fun in the surrounding area. Kick back and relax in front of the wood burner on a chilly evening, while the ‘chef’ enjoys preparing and cooking on the larger range cooker. Whether you choose to sit outside in the rear garden taking advantage of that view or sitting at the table in the kitchen you’ll have plenty space. At the rear of the kitchen a utility area which is ideal for storing muddy boots and drying off muddy dogs. Both the front and sizeable rear gardens are enclosed and the rear enjoys a stunning open view over the surrounding countryside and forests.
Whatever the reason for your visit to Craik Forest, you’ll not be short of things to do and explore. Those who enjoy being fit will have a great time exploring the surrounding hills and walks, and participating in the array of activities.£57From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Eyemouth, ScotlandA charming two-bedroom end-terrace cottage rests in Coldingham, Scottish Borders. Woodburning stove. Off-road parking. Dog-friendly. Smart TV. Berwick-upon-Tweed 12.9 miles; Edinburgh 46.2 miles.£66From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Kelso, ScotlandApril Cottage is situated in the popular country village of Gordon, which boasts a café and a public house serving great home cooked food during the day. There is a well-stocked mini market and pub that serves evening meals in Greenlaw (4 miles). A wider range of shops and supermarkets can be found in Kelso (8 miles), and Galashiels (15 miles). The cottage is very well presented and dates to the mid-1800s where it was originally a stable and then converted into cottages in the 1920s, retaining all the charm of its period features with a rendered front face and the original local stone to the rear.
The garden area is enclosed and private with a patio offering space for al fresco drinks and dining. Inside there is an open plan living/dining room with a cosy wood burner aesthetic wooden floors and French doors leading to the garden. The kitchen is small but well-equipped with a good level of appliances, providing everything you could need to rustle up hearty home cooked meals. On the first floor is a comfortable kingsize bedroom and a single bedroom, both served by a family bathroom. Two private parking space are available to the front of the property.
The area is a walker’s paradise and there is fishing on the River Blackadder, permits are available in Greenlaw village. The nearby historic monument of Greenknowe Tower dates to 1581, while Hume Castle and Mellerstain House and Gardens are worth a visit, along with Dryburgh Abbey. Edinburgh is an hour away by train from nearby Tweedbank station with free parking, or you can drive. There is easy access by road to the Berwickshire coastline, approximately 30-minute drive. Melrose is a popular tourist town and can be reached in a 20-minute drive. Floors Castle in Kelso is a day out place and there’s a café and garden centre and a dog walk by the river. Bamburgh, with its majestic castle and stunning beaches, and Holy Island, known as Lindisfarne (accessible at low tide), are fabulous for days out and are just over an hour away. Pub 100 yards, restaurant 4 miles.£61From price per night based on 7 night stay