Top 3 Dog Friendly Pubs in the Scottish Borders

22 November 2016


Year after year it can be tough for your dog to watch you drive off on your next adventure while they stay at home or check into the kennels. Next time you visit the Scottish Borders why not take your four legged friend along to explore the rugged landscape with you? You can’t find a more dog friendly holiday destination than the Scottish Borders. The rolling hills and lush valleys are crying out to be explored by dogs of all varieties.

After a long day exploring the stunning countryside, it’s only natural that you’ll develop a thirst. If you’re looking for inspiration for pubs where you and your pet are both welcome to enjoy a drink, here are some of our favourite dog friendly pubs in the Scottish Borders.


The Ancrum Cross Keys

If you’re spending a day exploring the Scottish Border’s picturesque towns and villages, we recommend stopping for an afternoon pick me up at the Ancrum Cross Keys situated in the centre of the village of Ancrum just a 20 minute drive from Hawick.

On a sunny day locals and tourists alike head to the pub’s picturesque beer garden to enjoy a cool refreshment while their children are free to play amongst the apple trees. Make sure you take a stroll to the end of the beer garden to find the path that leads down to the idyllic Ale Water, a gentle tributary of the River Teviot. When the weather conditions prevent you from heading outdoors, you can warm up in front of the cosy fireplace inside the pub. If you’re interested in history, look out for the listed Front bar’s wooden gantry which dates back to 1906.

If you visit the bar over lunchtime or in the evening, make sure to take a look at the menu to discover the Ancrum Cross Keys’ modern twist on Scottish cuisine.


Barend Bar and Restaurant

The rustic Barend Bar and Restaurant in Dumfries and Galloway is perfect if you want to wile away the hours in fireside seat at a cosy village pub. At this family run pub and restaurant you can enjoy one of the many traditional Scottish dishes on the menu or, venture into the games room to challenge your companions to a game of darts or pool. When the sun comes out you can even enjoy the two outdoors boules courts or simply relax with a drink on the terrace. 

If you’re something of a wine aficionado, the Barend Bar and Restaurant is known locally for their great selection of wine and Champaign.


The Black Bull

As you pass through the Scottish Borders spend some time at the Black Bull in the town of Lauder to soak in this dog friendly pub’s warm, welcoming atmosphere. The informal Harness Room bar is perfect for a quick drink while you and your dog recover from an adventurous day exploring this region’s unforgettable nature trails and hill walking tracks.

If you’re there during lunch or dinner time, we highly recommend sampling the seasonal menu which uses locally sourced produce and is made to order by the Black Bull’s resident chief.


Don’t miss out on experiencing the Scottish Borders! LHH Scotland have a fantastic collection of dog friendly accommodation in the Scottish Borders ranging from cosy cottages to large holiday houses that are ideal for group vacations. Browse our selection online to book your stay today.


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