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

Location: Biggar
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

Location: Aberdeenshire 

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! 

Location: Aberdeen 

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  

Location: Lockerbie 

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

Location: Perth 

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

Location: Edinburgh 

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

Location: Glasgow 

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

Location: Fife 

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 

Location: Caithness

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. 

 

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