11 dog-friendly places to eat in Scotland
Whether you’re taking Fido to Fife or your dachshund to Dumfries, you’ll never struggle to find wonderful places to eat in canine-friendly Caledonia. Here’s a handy guide to a few of our favourite cafés, restaurants and pubs to keep you and your pooch well fed and watered during your dog-friendly day out in Scotland.
1. The Crown Inn
Address and map: 109-111 High Street, Biggar, Clydesdale ML12 6DL
Why dogs love it: Good dogs might be rewarded with a meaty treat from the carvery
This dog-friendly pub in Biggar is a cosy and traditional 17th century coaching house. There are always half a dozen real ales and craft beer on tap as well as a selection of 68 different gins. The Crown Inn also offers home-cooked pub classics as well as a popular carvery on Sundays. There’s also a beer garden at the rear of the pub if you and your four-legged friend would prefer some traditional Scottish hospitality in the fresh air.
2. The Seafield Arms
Address and map: 5 Chapel Street, Whitehills, AB45 2NB
Why dogs love it: There’s always a bag of dog treats behind the bar for your furry friend
The Seafield Arms is a traditional hostelry offering beers, wines, spirits, and soft drinks in Aberdeenshire. Dogs are very welcome in the bar area and the beer garden, where they’ll find a selection of drinking bowls and canine-friendly treats. The menu offers the very best of local fresh produce including fish caught by Scottish fishermen and supplied by the owner’s own trawler.
3. Cafe AHOY!
Address and map: Inspire Building, Beach Blvd, Aberdeen, AB24 5HP
Why dogs love it: Dog-friendly baked treats and doggie ice cream
This beautiful little dog-friendly café and outside terrace is the perfect pit stop before or after a long walk on the beach in Aberdeen. Open from 8.30am, you can enjoy a full Scottish breakfast or an indulgent stack of gluten free pancakes.
Cafe AHOY!’s lunch menu offers freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and sharing boards. Dogs also have their own special menu, which includes Scoops doggy ice cream and a ‘Barkin’ Brunch’.
4. The Village Rest
Location: Loch Lomond
Address and map: Pier Rd, Luss, Alexandria G83 8NY
Why dogs love it: Nearby dog walks cover lochs, hills and rugged mountains
The family and dog-friendly The Village Rest, offers great food in a great location - ideally placed for enjoying Loch Lomond and the scenery of the national park. This quirky and welcoming place is casual enough for a simple lunch, yet formal enough for special occasions. The seasonal menu of delicious homemade dishes makes the best of wonderful locally sourced produce and offers excellent value for money.
5. The King’s Arms
Address and map: 29 High Street, Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway, DG11 2JL
Why dogs love it: The main bar is pet-friendly
This 17th century coaching inn lies in the heart of Lockerbie, an ideal holiday base with many interesting places to visit nearby. Inside The King’s Arms you’ll find many traditional features including original beams. Bar snacks and meals can be enjoyed in both the main bar and front lounge in front of blazing wood-burning fires.
6. Brew and Chew
Address and map: 51 High St, Perth, PH1 5TJ
Why dogs love it: Dogs have their own special menu
This independent high street Perth coffee house is utterly devoted to dogs and they’ll be made a great fuss of. Brew and Chew offer a fluffy blanket to lie on and even have their own menu offering beautifully decorated pupcakes, doggy sausages and a puppiccino. Dog owners can enjoy a good breakfast or lunch here too - scones are a speciality.
7. Red Squirrel
Address and map: 21 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DJ
Why dogs love it: Water, treats and a warm welcome are all available here
Dogs are more than welcome at this modern bistro pub in the city centre of Edinburgh. Red Squirrel offers a gourmet burger menu, a ‘bottom’s up’ brunch, creative cocktails and craft beers on draught. They are only too happy to accommodate your pooch by providing water, treats and plenty of attention. If you ask, they might even be able to find them a sausage or two on a special doggie plate.
8. Ubiquitous Chip
Address and map: 12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow G12 8SJ
Why dogs love it: Plenty of space to lounge around inside or out
Everyone in Glasgow knows about this iconic venue, yet few visitors know that many areas are dog-friendly. Dogs aren’t allowed in the fine dining restaurant, but Ubiquitous Chip also houses an outdoor terrace, the more relaxed Big Pub and a contemporary brasserie and mezzanine where dogs are welcome. Check out their award-winning wine list with over 350 bottles and The Wee Whisky Bar with the most whiskies in Scotland per square foot.
9. Nosebag Scotland
Address and map: 6 High Street Crail KY10 3TD
Why dogs love it: Dog-friendly seating inside or out in the beautiful back garden
Nosebag Scotland’s owners have a passion for food, making good use of fresh local produce and ingredients from Fife and surrounding areas. A simple menu covers breakfast, lunch and snacks, plus homemade cakes and traybakes and a selection of hot and cold drinks. There is a dog-friendly garden to the rear and dogs can earn themselves a treat by agreeing to have their photo taken for Nosebag’s social media accounts.
10. Stacks Coffee House and Bistro
Address and map: 3, Craft Centre, John o' Groats, Wick KW1 4YR
Why dogs love it: There’s a doggy ‘hall of fame’ where dog guests can post their picture
The iconic John O’ Groats sign is only a stone’s throw from the door of this award-winning family owned coffee shop. Stacks Coffee House and Bistro in Caithness offers a versatile menu including soups, filled flatbreads and the Stacks classic mac melt, which has been on the menu since it opened. Hot food is served inside, and homemade cakes and freshly ground coffee are available throughout the day.
11. Abbey Cottage Tearoom
Location: New Abbey
Address and map: Abbey Cottage, New Abbey, Dumfries, DG2 8BY
Why dogs love it: There are many lovely dog-walking routes nearby
This little gem can be found in a stunning location by the ancient ruins of New Abbey, making it a popular spot for walkers and cyclists. Abbey Cottage Tearoom has been making homemade soups and snacks for almost 40 years. Inside there are dog-friendly tables for well-behaved dogs and their owners. This is a perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner.