Dog-Friendly Scottish Highlands
With stunning landscapes, majestic mountains and historic wonders, The Scottish Highlands is a truly magnificent place to visit. Whether you're looking for a cosy cottage or luxury hotel, there's a brilliant choice of dog-friendly accommodation and outdoor space for you and your pup to enjoy.
- Helmsdale, ScotlandSituated on its own, right on the shoreline, enjoying panoramic views of the seascape this unique detached house offers an exceptionally good standard of holiday accommodation throughout. The living room and large kitchen/dining room look out across the bay. A second living room upstairs is built in the form of an ’observatory’, complete with balcony from which to spot the wide variety of bird and sea-life. Miles of shoreline walks are accessed directly from the property. The unspoilt fishing village of Helmsdale has a harbour and restaurants and shops. The area is renowned for its unspoilt beaches, wild and rugged coastline and traditional villages. Fossils are regularly found along this particular stretch of coast. Travel north to visit the Castle of Mey, John O’ Groats and the Orkney Isles. Golf, fishing, cycling, hill-walking, surfing and pony trekking all available locally. Try panning for gold in the Helmsdale river and visit the fairytale castle of Dunrobin. Shops, pub and restaurant 500 yards.£127From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Kingussie, ScotlandUpon entering The Bakehouse, the open plan living space is bright and airy. It has an inviting wood burner, feature stone hearth and high-standard fixtures and fittings. There is a large bathroom and spacious double bedroom, which also has a comfortable sofa bed for flexible sleeping arrangements.
An Asgard 4-bike cycle-storage unit is in the grounds; this can be booked by either guests staying at Apartment 2 or The Bakehouse. Please contact the owners to check availability and reserve (free). Once the 4-bike secure store is booked by either party, it is then for their exclusive use only.
Newtonmore is situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and is a walking and birdwatching paradise. There are many hiking and cycling trails on the doorstep of The Bakehouse, as well as world-class fishing along nearby River Spey, and skiing in winter. You can also hire kayaks and canoes at Arsaig and explore the deserted islands of the west coast, as it is an easy day trip. There are also world-renowned whisky distilleries along the river.
Nearby is Aviemore and Inverness, both with much to see and do for visitors. However, Newtonmore itself is very well-catered for with pubs, restaurants and shops. Shop and restaurant 500 yards, pub 300 yards.
This property can be booked together with Caman House, Apartment 2 (ref UK5249) to accommodate up to 6 guests.£109From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Lyth, ScotlandThe Ivy Wing and The Cottage are situated in the courtyard of Barrock House, and surrounded by landscaped grounds and mature woodland. This provides shelter for an abundance of bird and wild life with pleasant walks close at hand and the scenic beaches of Sinclair and Dunnet Bay are just 5 minutes by car. The Cottage makes the perfect base for touring this unspoilt and tranquil part of the Highlands. Visit the Castle and Gardens of Mey, the Queen Mother’s Highland home, John O’Groats, Wick Heritage and Lyth Arts Centre, or take a wildlife or distillery tour. Golfing, fishing, sea trips or walking along the many miles of rugged coastline are just some of the many activities available. Lyth is situated just 10 miles north of Wick and 15 miles from Thurso, making the beautiful Orkney Isles easily accessible by car ferry for day trips. Both properties can be booked together for larger groups (ref’s W42082 and W42083). Shop, pub and restaurant 4.5 miles.£50From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Thurso, ScotlandThis attractive ground floor holiday apartment forms part of a stone cottage situated in the village of Castletown which is on the North Coast 500. Its high ceilings, original wooden shutters and cottage garden (grassed area outside the main garden provides space for dogs’ exercise) all add to its charm. Four miles of sandy beach adjoins the fishing harbour 800 yards from the property. Sea angling and loch fishing are available. Known for its unspoilt beaches and wide variety of wildlife and, at certain times of year, the Northern Lights are visible. Central to many surfing locations, golf courses, fishing and the Castle of Mey (8 miles). Take a day-trip to the Orkney Isles. An all weather short mat bowling green is available for guests to use. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.£38From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Beauly, ScotlandA warm highland welcome awaits you at Blueberry Hill, which enjoys a peaceful setting just a mile outside of the popular village of Beauly. This lovely, cosy holiday apartment has been furnished and equipped to a very good standard to ensure your holiday is as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. Blueberry Hill makes a super base for exploring this fantastic part of the northern Highlands. The village of Beauly has a lovely selection of quality shops and restaurants for you to enjoy. Nearby Muir of Ord boasts the Glen Ord Distillery and Visitor Centre, where you can sample their lovely whisky. Inverness, the Highland capital, is only 15 miles away from the Beauly and enjoys a large number of shops, a cinema, theatre and museums. Take a trip along the Moray coastline, which is dotted with small fishing villages and unspoilt and quiet sandy beaches, and you can also take a trip along the Moray Malt Whisky Trail, the only one of its kind in the world. Enjoy a day at Culloden Battlefield, Fort George or Brodie and Cawdor Castles, all steeped in history and well worth a visit.
Slightly to the south is Loch Ness and Drumnadrochit where you can explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. To the north you will find the vast unspoilt counties of Sutherland and Caithness. Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park are within an easy drive with so many outdoor pursuits and visitor attractions that you will be spoilt for choice. Visit the stunning beauty of the west coast and the Isle of Skye within driving distance, you can enjoy a super day out where castles, historic sites and great places to eat are abundant. Amongst the many activities the area has to offer you will find mountain biking, water sports, hill and mountain climbing, horse riding, paint balling and quad biking just to name a few. A holiday in Blueberry Hill is where many happy memories of your holiday will be made. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.£74From price per night based on 7 night stay
- St Andrews, ScotlandFieldview is a fantastic large country house, set on a hillside with stunning views of the Lomond hills. One of three luxury holiday homes all set within a very large beautiful, shared garden but with its own lovely patio area perfect for eating al fresco. Only 40 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh and in a central location in Fife, Fieldview really is perfect base for exploring many Scottish tourist attractions. The house has an impressive spacious open plan living/dining area ideal for large family gatherings or groups of friends getting together, the wood burner will keep you warm and cosy on a cold day. There is a fully equipped kitchen with large marble cooking island with integrated appliances including warming drawer and dishwasher, the dining table seats eight and there are a couple of bar stools at the end of the cooking island perfect for keeping the chef company, this is a great social space. Enjoy eating out on the private patio directly in front of the living area. As you walk through the open living room you step down towards the end of the property where you will find a lovely comfortable double bedroom with a large bathroom opposite. Head up the bright and open staircase to the first floor where you will find three more bedrooms and another bathroom. All the rooms are bright and spacious with top quality mattresses and bedding. One of the bedrooms has a kingsize bed that gives you the option to convert into a twin, the twin room has lovely views over the garden and the far-reaching Lomond hills beyond, the fourth bedroom has three single beds with one of them offering an extra pull-out bed, sleeping four guests in total, perfect for children, teenagers, or a group of friends. There is a large grassy area which is ideal for football, badminton or cricket, along with a small summer house to sit in on a cool day and shared barbecue for the warmer weather.
Auchtermuchty is a quiet village surrounded by beautiful countryside and has lots of activities happening close by. Edinburgh is just 40 minutes away where you can explore this stunning historic city. Closer to home and 8 minutes away you will find the charming historic village of Falkland, where you may recognise some of the picturesque, cobbled streets featured in the TV hit series, Outlander. A visit to the palace and gardens is highly recommended along with beautiful leisurely walks around the Falkland Estate. The Scottish Deer Centre and Fife Zoo are also within a short 10-minute drive. Beach 17 miles.
Fieldview can be booked together with Orchard House (UK40946) and The Old Barn (UK40948) to accommodate up to 20 guests.£136From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Aviemore, ScotlandOak Tree House is an exceptional holiday home in the brilliant location of Tomatin in the Scottish Highlands. On the border of the Cairngorms National Park and only 20 minutes’ drive from Inverness, there aren’t many better bases for a Highland holiday. The house is in the heart of Tomatin village, only a short walk from the award-winning Strathdearn Community Centre & Café where you’ll be a regular visitor.
You’re tucked away in Tomatin, but still only a mile from the A9, which transports you into the Cairngorms National Park, north into Inverness and many other amazing places along the NC500 touring route (Isle of Skye, Applecross, Assynt, and the list goes on). The situation and opportunities for an amazing holiday can’t be overstated. You’re in the heart of the Highlands and can explore in a different direction every day to really see and get to know this awe-inspiring part of the world. The Cairngorms National Park on your doorstep is a real treat because it’s a spectacle with its ancient Caledonian pine forests and sub-alpine environments where wild reindeer roam. It’s also a place for all seasons, with hiking and biking in the summer making way for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
The house itself is large and sits within a sizeable and beautifully landscaped plot. Entering the front door there’s a large hallway with rooms off in all directions. To the right is the large living room with wood burner that spills into a garden room and separate dining room. The kitchen also has a wood burner, breakfast area and utility/boot room. There’s a double bedroom with en-suite wet room, another double bedroom and a family wet-room. On the first floor there are three further bedrooms, another double, a twin and the truly unique master suite which is a one of a kind, and a genius idea. The entrance to it is through a secret door in the bookshelf at the top of the stairs. And it’s not just any door. We won’t spoil the surprise - you’ll love it. The master suite is beautifully finished and has a chicaned, glass entrance to the en-suite bathroom.
The first glimpse of the garden and view is from the living room. The owner has created such an interesting garden with a burn and pond, as well as a broch and ha-ha. Beyond the garden is Strathdearn and the amazing Findhorn Viaduct crossing which takes centre stage, especially when the world-famous Caledonian Sleeper cruises across. It’s an incredibly dramatic vista and one that you’ll keep gazing at whenever you get the chance during your stay.£188From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Aviemore, ScotlandBonnie Doon is a delightful, semi-detached, one-bedroom, well-located modern cottage within 10min easy walking distance of Aviemore centre via pedestrian path. It is tucked away in a quiet cul de sac and has the Strathspey Steam Railway line to the back of the property and an outlook to the mountains at the front of the property. The rear garden is a good size and reasonably private with barbecue facilities and a bike post. Bonnie Doon has a well-equipped kitchen, Smart TV and good-sized bathroom. There is a travel cot available for couples with an infant, and your dog is very welcome too!
Bonnie Doon really is the ideal base for couples who enjoy relaxing, cycling, walking and snowsports. It is a brilliant all year-round holidayvenue and a cosy base to return to after a day in the outdoors. Aviemore isset in the hub for the stunning Cairngorms National Park, and you are ideally located for setting off to the mountains where a host of adventure awaits you whether you visit in the summer or winter. Hiking, mountain biking and fishing are popular in the summer, and come winter you can pursue the best skiing, snowboarding and winter walking in the UK. Being in Aviemore means you have extensive amenities and also gives you a great opportunity to explore other places in the area. Visit the charming neighbouring villages of Carrbridge, Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge, and continue to see the Speyside distilleries. You could also explore this area on foot by walking the Speyside Way, or hopping on and off the steam railway.£68From price per night based on 7 night stay
- St Andrews, ScotlandWhat a fantastic little bungalow, perfect for a romantic coastal break, situated back from the Tayport marina with wonderful views from the living room over all the boats moored there. Watch the comings and goings of this vibrant harbour while having your morning coffee, either from the living room or step outside through the patio doors onto the enclosed sitting out area at the front overlooking the harbour.
The property is tastefully decorated throughout and has everything you could wish for in a restful break away. A very well-equipped kitchen, living room with patio doors, bathroom with shower over bath and double bedroom, are all very comfortably furnished, while at the rear of the property is a little patio area with table and chairs and cycle store.
This is a superb area for cycling with dedicated pathways running all along the coast towards St Andrews, renowned of course for being the Home of Golf. There are many courses apart from the Royal and Ancient, with Scotscraig just a 5-minute drive away, 13th oldest course in the world! The fine sands at Tentsmuir Nature Reserve are wonderful for walking, with the forest behind, interspersed with lots of trails through mixed woodland and a wonderful sandy beach. Enjoy a tour at one of Fife’s newest craft distilleries, Tayport Distillery, who make flavoured gin, vodka and eau de vie, or back over the famous Tay Bridge, the cosmopolitan city of Dundee awaits, with the RSS Discovery, the V & A and plenty of boutique shops and eateries for you to enjoy. This is a perfect year-round destination. Beach 7 miles.£64From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Inverness, ScotlandNot far from Inverness, tucked away up beautiful Strathnairn is the lovely cottage for two Farr Out. Set on the Farr Estate with amazing Highland scenery all around, it’s a great place to base yourself for exploring near and far. Recently refurbished in 2022, Farr Out offers a high standard of holiday accommodation. Entering through the front door into the hallway there is an open plan living/kitchen/dining area to the left and the double bedroom and bathroom off to the right. The open plan living space is spacious for two people and has everything you would want when back from days out exploring the local area. The bedroom is very comfortable and the bathroom has a large shower. Outside of the property there is a patio with garden furniture, and only a few yards away there are some unusual but inquisitive neighbours, a group of llamas.
Farr Out is tucked away in a converted old steading on the Farr Estate and is set in a lovely rural location. It feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle that most of us are used to. However, it’s only 20 minutes out of charming Inverness, so in a way you have the best of both worlds staying at Farr Out, country and city living, in one holiday. Another advantage of being close to Inverness is that you’re near to famous touring routes like the North Coast 500 which starts and finishes in the city. However, if you don’t want to venture too far you don’t have to because there’s so much to see and do close by. You can cycle, hike and fish from the cottage on the estate. There are routes up onto the estate moors that you’re welcome to explore. Loch Farr which is situated on the estate is available for fly fishing free of charge (rowing boats are provided for fishing). The road that runs through Farr is a celebrated route to Fort Augustus, and it has been rated as one of the most scenic in Scotland. It was used in the iconic film ’Local Hero’ as well and there are many minor roads off it that journey down to the south side of Loch Ness, which is surprisingly close to Farr Out, another amazing benefit to staying at this lovely property.£61From price per night based on 7 night stay