Dog Friendly Cottages in Aviemore | 1000s to choose
Aviemore lies at the heart of the Highlands of Scotland, set in the Cairngorms National Park. Sitting in the shadow of the 1,245m-high Cairn Gorm Mountain, it’s a busy town, perfect for people looking for an active and outdoorsy break in the Scottish Highlands.
Located just 30 miles south of Inverness, Aviemore is easily accessible and makes the ideal base for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the magical mountains, get lost in the ancient forests, and go on dog walks to explore the lochs and landscapes of the national park. Enjoy a pub lunch in front of the roaring fire at The Old Bridge Inn or learn all about the local brew at Cairngorm Brewery.
Geared up to outdoorsy fun, Aviemore is the perfect spot for a dog-friendly break; and there are lots of places with enclosed gardens you can stay with your four-legged friend. Whether you fancy a quaint cottage in the middle of town or a charming log cabin with a hot tub out in the sticks, there’s something for everyone no matter your taste or budget.
Things to do in Aviemore with dogs
With an abundance of walking trails, dog-friendly attractions and welcoming pubs and cafes, there’s plenty to do in and around Aviemore - and Fido can come too!
1. Landmark Forest Adventure Park
Best for: Family fun
Located in Carrbridge, just outside Aviemore, Landmark Forest Adventure Park is a great day-out for the whole family; Fido too! There’s a butterfly house, rollercoaster, play park and tree-top trail, as well as a restaurant and shop. Dogs on leads are welcome in the park and will enjoy walking routes like the Red Squirrel Nature Trail (keep an eye out for the rare rodents!)
2. Cairngorm Mountain
Best for: Climbing challenge
You can’t come to Aviemore and not get out and about to explore the National Park. If you and Fido fancy a challenge, you could take on the 11km walk climbing 775m up Cairngorm Mountain. You’ll have to take on the hike if you want to enjoy the views and breathe in the fresh air atop the summit beside your canine chum as dogs are not allowed on the funicular.
3. Strathspey Steam Railway
Best for: Sightseeing in style
Take in the sights from the comfort of a steam train on the Strathspey Steam Railway, setting off from Aviemore and chugging to Boat of Garten. The 10-mile restored section of the original Highland Railway Line reopened in 1978. Dogs are welcome on the trains but must stay on the floor.
4. Loch An Eilein Castle
Best for: Stepping back in time
Loch An Eilein Castle - Gaelic for ‘Loch of the Island ‘ - is perched on an isle that juts out of the tranquil water of the shimmering water. The 13th century castle is hidden deep in the forest of Rothiemurchus, surrounded by ancient pine trees. Dogs are welcome but owners are asked to keep them on the lead.
Best for: Getting lost in the forest
Glenmore Forest Park is a nature reserve made up of ancient woodland and beautiful lochs. Follow a trail winding through the trees or head to Scotland’s only freshwater beach, Loch Morlich beach, famous for being the highest beach in Britain for a paddle or game of fetch. The park is pet-friendly and dogs are welcome on all areas of the beach.