Dogs Need Holidays Too

22 November 2016

Dog running on a beach

Families come in all sizes and configurations. In the past, holiday accommodation providers have made special provision for children, elderly or the disabled but few have made the effort to cater for four legged members of the family. Help is at hand however and now LHH have a range of properties to suit those who want to treat their dogs and to have them enjoy a holiday as much as their owners.

Strathlyon Cottage is ideally located for a huge selection of outdoor activities in Perthshire. If your dog is particularly fit then they could accompany you on a trip up Schiehallion, one of the most famous mountains in the area with views all over Perthshire on a clear day. The path is well maintained, easy to navigate and requires little technical mountaineering experience but you should still be competent and prepared for all weathers before you embark. A special dog washing spray hose is available at the cottage so you can make them presentable before a trip to dine out at nearby Ailean Chraggan. This features in the Good Pub Guide and is notable for being one of the few places to eat in the area that actually welcome pets.

Woodlands is in the heart of the Cairngorms. The perfect place for exploring Scotland’s most impressive national park and all it has to offer. It has a secure garden and forest walks just out the back door. In addition, it is only a short drive to the Cairngorm Sled Dog Centre in Aviemore where the annual Siberian Husky Rally is held every year.

Dolphin House has a secure garden and is located a two minute walk from the sandy beach at Rosemarkie. Two dogs are welcome and should you need to leave them behind to go on a dolphin spotting boat trip for example then one of the most highly regarded dog sitting services is available just up the road at Culbokie. The Dog Life is the only dedicated dog day care centre in the Highlands, here pooches can enjoy a day of pampered luxury with their own pool, treadmill and professional round the clock care.

Acharn Courtyard sleeps 26 people in 7 separate cottages. Every cottage however can house one dog making this the perfect destination for large groups of pet lovers. A disused railway line provides a perfect walk from here into the nearby village of Killin where you can find the Falls of Dochart Inn which prides itself on the fact that dogs are always welcome.

Letting your dog off the lead and watching them running around freely must be one of the most satisfying parts of your holiday. Where better than a massive sandy beach where they can tire themselves out without even encountering any other people. Two dogs are welcome at Kneep Cottage which has a fenced and gated garden. From here you can walk down to the beach across the machair without even crossing the road. There are a string of over 24 beaches to explore in the Uig peninsula so no shortage of quiet spots for you r dog to run around. Transport to the islands has never been easier and CalMac ferries run a frequent service and are very pet friendly. Ferries don’t charge for dogs and most have a dedicated dog area on board.

Skylarks has a gated garden and welcomes 3 dogs. From the decking outside you can watch amazing sunsets and see the outline of Ben Wyvis over the Cromarty firth. It is widely regarded as one of the easiest Munros in the area, a great day out for you and your dog. For a less challenging ramble the recently refurbished Culbokie Inn is just an hour’s walk away and allows dogs in the front bar.

Greenhill Lodge offers tranquillity, luxury and total privacy. The luxury extends to the canine accommodation which comprises specially heated kennels. From here you can explore the Borders and all it has to offer including the 2015 Scottish Inn of the year, The Buccleuch Arms in Melrose which allows dogs in both its lounge and bar.