Bring your pets on board for the ultimate furry friend getaway
They’re man’s best friend – so why not treat them to a mini break for National Dog Day?
And there’s no need to find a pet sitter when you can take your pets along on your trip with Caledonian Sleeper.
Climb a mountain
Get out in the fresh air and conquer a Munro (mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet) with your furry companion. In Scotland, ‘Munro bagging’ is very popular and involves climbing as many Munros as possible. Experienced climbers should check out Ben Nevis, near Fort William, and those looking for something a little more relaxed could try Ben Lomond or Ben Wyvis.
Get a bite to eat
Dog friendly restaurants, cafes and bars are becoming increasingly common. We’ve come up with a list of the most popular across Scotland.
Set in the West End of Aberdeen, the Long Dog Café welcomes all dogs as long as they are accompanied by a “well behaved owner”. Famous for their ‘freakshakes’, your coffee date can also enjoy some dog ice cream or mini iced ‘woofins’. They also have a boutique where you can treat your furry friend to some stylish new accessories or ‘pawsecco’.
Originating in Aberdeenshire, Brewdog has grown into a global phenomenon. The company has bars across the world, and in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, if you’re visiting Scotland. Dogs can join you for drinks, lunch, dinner or you can treat them to a Dog Pawty for their birthday. There’s even a dog-friendly beer!
The Winged Ox Bar & Kitchen, Glasgow
Named ‘Dog Friendly Pub of the Year’ at the Scottish Bar & Pub Awards in 2017, The Winged Ox Bar & Kitchen is located in Glasgow and offers a wide range of food, drinks and live music for you and your dog. Visit for a chance for your pet to be ‘Dog of the Week!’
Walk out their energy at parks or the beach
Dating back to 1883, Duthie Park is a popular Aberdeen park for four legged friends and their owners. Not only is there plenty of green space to run around, there are two play areas, and the well-known David Welch Winter Gardens. The Winter Gardens is home to one of the most extensive indoor plant collections in Scotland, hosting plants from all across the world.
Alongside the parks and gardens, there is a coffee shop with plenty of seating.
Pollok Country Park, Glasgow
With a designated dog exercise area, Pollok Park is Glasgow’s largest park. Featuring a range of woodlands and gardens, there are plenty of walks available, whether you are looking for a long or short walk. As well as the greenery and woodlands on offer, Pollok Park is home to Highland cattle and a wildlife garden.
Portobello Beach, Edinburgh
Alongside hills overlooking Edinburgh like Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill, you can escape the city for some sea air at Portobello Beach. Nearby Harry’s Treats on Portobello High Street offers home-made dog treats – perfect after a day at the beach.