While we continue to wait for the pandemic to pass, there’s nothing to stop us from dreaming of post-lockdown adventures with the dog. We’re all itching to explore with the pooch and lucky for us, the UK is bursting with tail-wagging destinations.
With so many beautiful places to choose from, the only problem is deciding where to go. So we’re sharing 5 of our favourite dog-friendly destinations for you to sniff out with the pooch.
The Lake District
With its picture-perfect panorama of the rolling hills and glistening lakes, it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular dog-friendly holiday destinations for dog owners across the UK.
You and your pooch can enjoy an abundance of picturesque trails around the lakes or mountain hikes in the lofty peaks. Prefer to sit back and unwind together instead? Head out to the water for a dog-friendly boat trip with Windermere Lake Cruises.
The Lake District has inspired many famous authors and poets including life-long lake lover, Beatrix Potter. While you’re in the Lake District, you and your pooch can visit Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, a regular haunt of Beatrix Potter where she enjoyed many summer holidays with her family. In fact, the original kitchen garden inspired Mr McGregor’s garden in, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
When you’re done exploring together, there’s plenty of dog-friendly pubs to enjoy a bite to eat including The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant, overlooking Windermere Marina.
However long you’re looking to holiday in this beautiful destination, there is no shortage of homely inns and cosy cottages.
The Cotswolds, a picture-perfect destination filled with a delightful tangle of cosy thatched cottages and emerald scenery. This beautiful place is the perfect destination for dog-friendly holidays, as it gracefully extends across six counties.
Explore the countryside together with waggy tails and a number of picturesque trails, with over 3,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways, ancient woodlands and wildflower meadows. Fancy taking a walk on the wild side? The Cotswolds holds one of the best dog-friendly attractions in the UK - The Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens. The zoo holds over 260 different species of animals, providing the perfect for your pooch to meet animals they would never experience in day-to-day life!
Once you’ve finished exploring, there’s plenty of historic inns and hotels where to enjoy a meal and soak up the beautiful surroundings. Undoubtedly you’ll spend most of your time weaving between dog-friendly pubs and quaint independent shops.
Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight, famed for being an idyllic pooch-paradise. This top-dog destination is anchored off the bottom of Portsmouth, filled with rich family-holiday history and beautiful surroundings.
There are so many places to fill your dog walking itinerary, including the towering chalk cliffs of Alum Bay and the illustrious golden beaches of Sandown. You’re never short of places to dine with the pooch either with dog-friendly pubs to sniff out in every corner of the island. In Yarmouth, visit dog-friendly pub Off the Rails, for a bespoke canine menu including dog meals, high nutrition treats and doggy ice-cream.
When the lights go down the dog-friendly adventures don’t stop there, visit Shanklin Chine for an evening of magic and enchantment. This dog-friendly attraction features illuminated ravines, waterfalls and gardens featuring hundreds of colourful lights and LED displays.
There’s also plenty of pro-pooch accommodation to sink into after a day of exploring, including magnificent mansions or cosy cottages.
Get your doggie-kilts ready for one of the most dog-friendly destinations in Scotland, Edinburgh. In fact, dog friendly is a huge understatement as dogs are warmly welcomed in most places.
With lip-smacking foodie finds, cobblestone streets and vibrant pubs - you’re truly spoilt for choice. Sample a Scottish whiskey at the dog-friendly Devil’s Advocate - there’s over 400 to choose from and a mouth-watering menu to boot. Alternatively, treat your pooch to their very own canine lunch menu at Five Degrees Café.
When you’re not busy indulging in Edinburgh’s food scene, there’s plenty of dog-friendly activities to enjoy too. Camera Obscura, is a museum with over five floors of illusions. This place is an Instagram dream with all the quirky photo opportunities.
While the city is bursting with things to do, you’re never short of a good dog walk either. The foundation of Edinburgh is built on mini-mountains, and so there are several hill climbs to explore together, including our favourite ancient volcano, Arthur’s Seat.
No trip to Edinburgh is complete without paying homage to the canine statue of Greyfriars Bobby. This famous pooch spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner in Edinburgh. We like to think the reason Edinburgh is so dog friendly is to payback this little pooches loyalty all those years ago.
This top-dog destination is awash with golden sandy beaches, glistening seaside views and pretty coastal towns.
Wander the South West Coast Path to discover hidden coves, sandy beaches and quaint harbours. There are over 300 miles of dog walks to explore, with dog-friendly beaches and pubs dotted along the way.
The fun doesn’t stop at the coastal path, there’s plenty of dog-friendly attractions to get the tail wagging. You and your pooch can visit the famous botanical gardens of the Eden Project or the stunning Lost Gardens of Heligan. But our favourite? The Seal Sanctuary, which is home to rescued Seals, penguins, otters and sea lions too. Seals share many characteristics with our canine companions, and they are often called the dogs of the seaworld. So your pooch can say a big hello to their marine cousins!
Once you’re all tuckered out, Cornwall has plenty of places to indulge whether you’re searching for a world-famous cream tea, a classic Cornish pasty or gastro-excellence.
Our favourite place to eat, amongst a very large list, is the Lusty Glaze who provide a special menu for pooches every 'Woof Wednesday'. Doggy dishes include 'Paws in the Hole' and 'Terrierine' as well as a mouth-watering 'Peanut Mutter and Bonio Sundae'.
There’s plenty of places to stay in Cornwall, whether you want seaside views or a rural hideaway. You and your pooch will enjoy a holiday, as pretty as a postcard.
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