Dog walking in a Forest

9 of the best dog-friendly UK destinations

Travelling with your dog has never been easier. With more travel companies, hotels, cottages and B&Bs accepting dogs, you no longer need to leave your pet pooch at home when you go on your travels. If you’re thinking about a summer holiday with your dog in the coming months, why not stay right in the UK? There are plenty of places to choose from that both you and your furry friend will enjoy. With the help of Canine Cottages, a holiday cottage company specialising in cottages for dogs, here are the best places to take your dog in the United Kingdom…

The New Forest

Dog playing in the New Forest

The New Forest is a dog’s heaven. With so much open space to enjoy, your pooch will have the time of their lives in the heart of the south of England. Ancient woodland and beautiful heathland offer plenty of places to explore, while the 140 miles of tracks and footpaths provide some great walking routes. At the end of the day, you can kick back and relax with your pet in one of the many dog-friendly pubs. If you’re looking for a place to stay, there are many fantastic dog-friendly hotels in the New Forest.


Dog walking in Norfolk

If your pup enjoys stretching their legs across the sands, then look no further than Norfolk. Ninety miles of unspoilt coastline play host to some spectacular beaches meaning your dog has plenty of space to really enjoy themselves. Head to the famous Norfolk Broads or Great Yarmouth where your pooch’s senses will be overloaded with all the action that takes place on the seafront, not to mention the endless amount of fellow dog lovers. Inland there are equally as many places to explore with your dog with forest trails cutting their way through the countryside. Check out our list of the best dog-friendly hotels in Norfolk.


Dog playing in Devon

One of the most visited counties in the country with plenty of fantastic dog-friendly Devon hotels to choose from, Devon is a fantastic choice. Situated in the heart of South West England, the beautiful unspoilt area offers a range of fantastic beaches, coastal towns and attractions which is why this county so popular. Its acceptance of dogs is also a huge bonus too and throughout the county, you will find dog-friendly beaches and establishments that are happy to welcome your pooch. The north and south coast both have a great selection of things to do with your dog, as well as places to stay, making Devon the ideal destination for you and your pup.


Stone Wall in Yorkshire

With wild rugged landscapes and some of Britain’s finest scenery, Yorkshire has been drawing visitors for centuries. As well as atmospheric towns, lush dales and brooding moors which meet striking coastline the area is also steeped in history and you can explore abbey ruins, craggy castles and classical gardens mostly with your dog in tow (it’s just worth checking with a venue before you set out). There are many fantastic dog-friendly hotels in Yorkshire as well as numerous walks and places to hike in stunning National Parks. Also, check out the dog-friendly beaches and the Salami & Co Cafe which has its very own ‘hound menu’ where your dog can indulge in a puppachino or pupcake!


Cornwall Coastline

Beautiful Cornwall is one of the most popular places to holiday in the UK. The ancient Celtic kingdom of Cornwall is known for its wonderful sandy beaches, wild coastline, pretty cottages and traditional pubs and teahouses. Located on the south-west tip of the UK, the unspoilt region is a haven for dog-loving holidaymakers. There are many places to stay from caravans to self-catering cottages to fantastic dog-friendly hotels in Cornwall. Head to Michael’s Mount, walk the Saint’s Way – a 27 mile route connecting Padstow to Fowey and an early Christian route for Pilgrims or visit the quirky Eden Project – dogs aren’t permitted in the Biomes but are welcome to roam in outdoor gardens on a lead.


Dog walking along the beach UK

Another eternal holiday favourite – and with good reason – this is a charming and scenic area in the UK. Its shoreline is one of Britain’s most beloved, the Jurassic Coast as it’s otherwise known as a protected World Heritage Site dotted with sea-carved bays, rugged cliffs and beaches popular with fossil spotters. Go swimming or hiking with your pooch on dog-friendly beaches, drink or eat in traditional dog-friendly pubs, visit the famous outdoor beauty spots of Durdle Door, Corfe Castle or Lulworth Cove and then head back to one of the many excellent Dorset dog-friendly hotels.

Northern Ireland

Couple walking a dog along the beach

Just a stone’s throw across the Irish Sea is the stunning land of Northern Ireland. A dog lover’s paradise, this enchanting land has some incredible coastline for you and your pet to explore. A great range of National Trust properties that not only accept dogs but also offer drinking bowls and hitching posts means there is a great range of places to visit for both of you. You won’t find it difficult to stay there either, with fantastic accommodation options across the country. As there’s an increasing amount of pet-friendly hotels to stay in Ireland now it’s also a great chance to explore the rest of the beautiful country. Dogs are now permitted to enter into restaurants, pubs and cafés in the Emerald Isle (thanks to an EU directive) and there are many beautiful green landscapes, wild coastline and majestic mountains to explore with your dog and even some beautiful dog-friendly beaches they can bound around on.

The Lake District

Dogs in The Lake District

One of the most popular – and beautiful – places to visit and holiday in the United Kingdom is also a fantastic place to bring your pooch. Now declared a Unesco World Heritage Site the much-cherished part of the UK is home to some truly wonderful landscapes such as mountain tarns, craggy hilltops, acres of scenic countryside and of course the wide glistening lakes. With so much space for them to run around and rivers and lakes to swim in and explore, your dog will enjoy the holiday just as much as you especially if you find some great pet-friendly Lake District accommodation too! You’ll also find that many towns in the Lake District allow dogs into the shops and pubs and many of the cafes have tables outside so need to skip them if you head out for lunch with your best bud.


Dog on top of a mountain

Scotland and especially the Highlands make a truly beautiful travel destination. From its majestic capital to the postcard-perfect lochs and mountains, it’s also a fantastic place to take a trip with your furry friend. In Edinburgh, you may be surprised to learn that there are many dog-friendly amenities including a fair few both traditional and modern taverns and bars that are very welcoming to dogs – head Caley Sample Room on Angle Park Terrace for a gastropub that even includes special dog menus. The Scottish Highlands for miles and miles are known for being home to miles of unspoilt wilderness characterized by rolling hills, mountains and spectacular lochs – perfect for exploring on hikes with your small or large dog and finally on the coast, there are plenty of unspoilt and uncrowded, dog-friendly sandy beaches your pooch can bound around on. To help you and your pooch with your stay, here are some of the best dog-friendly hotels in Scotland.

Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children's theatre troop, lived as an au-pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa'd in Cuba and road tripped down America's west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. In between adventures she resides peacefully with her cat and ukulele amid the misty valleys and rolling hills of beautiful South Wales.


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