Your dog will love a cottage holiday in Edinburgh
Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, makes a fantastic holiday destination at any time of year. Book one of our dog-friendly cottages in Edinburgh and you can introduce your family and your pooch to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. However, beyond the stunning architecture and the winding, cobbled backstreets, you’ll find outstanding countryside, beautiful beaches and a bevvy of attractions.
While Scotland might not be synonymous with beach holidays, there are some fantastic stretches of sand nearby. Among the best for dog-walkers is Cramond Beach. Just 20 minutes north-west of Edinburgh, it welcomes dogs all year round and has plenty of exciting scents for curious canines to investigate. There’s also the opportunity to walk to Cramond Island, but be sure to check out the tide times before you set off. Once you’ve walked up a thirst, pop into the dog-friendly Cramond Inn, at the far end of the promenade.
The city has a blossoming dining scene and when you book one of our dog-friendly cottages in Edinburgh, there’s no reason for your four-legged friend to be left out. If you find yourself in the heart of the city, head to Princes Street where you’ll find ‘Rabble’. A traditional tap-house, it rolls out the red carpet for dogs, with their dedicated ‘Doggie Station’, where your dog can enjoy treats and a cheeky bowl of ‘Pawsecco’. For a special night out, book a table at Scran and Scallie, where you’ll find your pooch is as welcome as you are.
Dog-friendly things to do
With the looming slopes of Arthur’s Seat in the background, the peerless beauty of the Pentland Hills Regional Park and the step-back-in-time streets of Edinburgh to roam, there’s plenty for dogs and their owners to see and do. If you’ve not been before and don’t know where to start, we’ve put together a few of our dog-friendly favourites:
The site of an ancient volcano and, according to legend, the location for the original Camelot, Arthur’s Seat is a challenging and exhilarating hike. Make it to the top and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the city and its surrounds. Take some good walking boots and a bottle of water.
Just five minutes’ walk from the city centre and situated behind the New Parliament House, Calton Hill gives you a spectacular perspective on Edinburgh. While the Nelson Monument is out of bounds to dogs, take your walk as the sun’s going down and watch the light turn from gold to red across the city’s rooftops.
Catch a tram to the north-east of the city and you’ll see signs for Inverleith Park, right next to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Popular with dog-walkers, your dog is likely to make a new friend or two and there’s plenty of grass for him to run around in.