If your four-legged friend is a key part of your holiday plans then here are the best dog-friendly hotels that we've personally stayed in in Scotland. Whether it's a night away or a longer break, start planning now, or bookmark this post for later.
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Auchrannie Resort, Isle of Arran – Dog Friendly Hotels in Scotland
If you’re seeking an island escape then this is a brilliant family friendly hotel resort, with 2 swimming pools, 3 restaurants, a playbarn and spa. It’s a notably dog friendly hotel too, always ready to welcome VIPs (Very Important Pooches). Doggy treats welcome pups in rooms, and towels are available in the VIP entrances.
Dogs are welcome in the bar and lounges at eighteen69, in the Waterside Bar (next to Brambles restaurant) or within any of the guest lounges in the Spa Resort. On warm days, relax with your pup on the Cruize Balcony, Brambles terrace or the outdoor spaces next to the Spa Resort guest lounges. Read more about the hotel and Arran here, check prices and availability here.
Golf View Hotel, Nairn – Dog Friendly Hotels in Scotland
What a gem. The the Golf View Hotel is set on the beach, with staggering sea views, and a path running directly to the shoreline. There’s also a pool with jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, plus an outdoor hot tub with views out to sea. Guests can book tennis courts (with free racket and ball hire). Dogs are very welcome around the hotel, and with the beach on the doorstep this is an ideal location for Walkies! Book your escape here.
Craigellachie Hotel, Speyside/Morayshire – Dog Friendly Hotels in Scotland
The Craigellachie hotel is a great adult escape. The cool Quaich Bar is the very setting to try a spot of whisky tasting. Dogs are very welcome at Craigellachie, and dog paintings by Hugo Guinness drive the message home. Food is even served in the smartly casual Copper Dog Restaurant. Five of the rooms have garden access, with dog beds available on request for four legged guests. Read a full review here, check prices and availability here.
Douneside House, Tarland, Aberdeenshire/Royal Deeside – Dog Friendly Hotels in Scotland
Douneside House has a fascinating back story, swimming pool, spa and leisure facilities. The restaurant is absolutely fabulous, and holds three AA rosettes. Dogs are allowed in the cottages and apartments so it makes an excellent base, your gateway into Royal Deeside. Read a full review here, check prices and availability here.
Banchory Lodge Hotel, Banchory, Aberdeenshire/Royal Deeside
Another Deeside gem, situated in a riverside location with walks on the doorstep along the converted railway line (the Deeside Line). When you arrive at Banchory Lodge, doggy biscuits are available at the front door, and your dog can join you in the bar for a drink or a meal (with a doggy treat and a bowl of water). We appreciated the lodge’s colourful, smart decor, the chilled ‘Sitooterie’ restaurant with a BBQ vibe and quirky dining sheds, plus there’s more traditional classic dining indoors in the restaurant. Read a full review here, check prices and availability here.
The Royal Hotel, Comrie, Perthshire
This hotel once welcomed Queen Victoria (hence its name) and it’s also keen to welcome you and your dog. The Royal Hotel boasts a scenic location, atmospheric beer garden, strong menu in a relaxed restaurant, an indulgent library for aperitifs or after dinner drinks, and relaxing bedrooms in the heart of Perthshire. Check the latest prices here.
Cringletie House, Peebles, Scottish Borders
A 28-acre estate at Cringletie House Hotel awaits you and your pup, with a walled garden and nature trail to explore too. Less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, Cringletie made a relaxed base for us to explore the Borders. For more pics and an indepth review of the hotel click here, for things to do in the Borders (from Abbeys to textiles and lush gardens) explore here, and for prices and availability visit here.
Fairmont, St Andrews, Fife
We loved the grand atrium and the resort vibe of the Fairmont in St Andrews. As well as a swimming pool, spa, three restaurants and a games room, dogs are welcome too. Four legged friends are welcome to stay on the first floor of the hotel and given a complimentary dog bed and dog water bowl. And don’t forget the golf. Read a full review here, check prices and availability here.
The Ship Inn, Elie, Fife
Another Fife gem, The Ship Inn boasts a beautiful setting with calming views over Elie Bay. The bar is lively, the restaurant is relaxed and family friendly, and the inn offers six individually designed double or twin rooms with their ‘Sea Dog’ or Superior rooms welcoming pups. There are also dog friendly areas in the restaurant and bar for dining in. Book here.
Novotel, Glasgow City Centre
We stayed here for a budget city break. Our room was simple but contemporary, and the hotel has sought after city centre parking (for £8) on a first come first served basis. Dogs are welcome too, but the key attraction for us was the Novotel’s excellent central location and price point, can’t complain.
Crossbasket Castle, High Blantyre, nr Glasgow
Who’s Queen? If you wish to stay in a Scottish castle with your pup, then this one’s for you. A Chez Roux restaurant ensures you’ll dine exceptionally well too. Read a full review here, check prices and availability here.
Greywalls, Gullane, East Lothian
Like Crossbasket Castle, Greywalls boasts an excellent Chez Roux restaurant. Dogs are welcome in the cottage rooms, just not the main house, and when we stayed the hotel even had a doggy menu prepared by award winning chefs. We explored the hotel’s gardens after breakfast, before heading for Gullane Beach, but many guests also stay to make use of the fantastic golf course on the doorstep. Make your booking here.