Pet friendly hotel and beautiful walks all in ONE place?!
You read that right my friend. If you are looking for a great place to bring your beloved dog then look no further. Thornhill has just that very thing. If you’ve never made it here you are most definitely missing out. One of the very best dog friendly hotels Dumfries has to offer and stunning views to go with it.
So you’ve not had the pleasure of paying us a visit yet? Well let me tell you. Thornhill is a small town situated in the Nithsdale area of Dumfries and Galloway. This picturesque town is a treasure not to be overlooked. Thornhill sits at the heart of beautiful all surrounding countryside just waiting to be explored. The sniffing possibilities are endless!
Through the town runs the A76. So, even if you’re just passing through and decide to stay a little longer, there are incredible accommodation options available including The Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel the No.1 dog friendly hotel Dumfries. That means you can stay for longer and spend your time exploring the endless list of spectacular walks you can follow around Thornhill and even further afield to Dumfries.
The Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms – A Pet friendly Hotel
The Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel is an asset to Thornhill. This pet friendly hotel endeavours to offer both you and your dogs the very best the countryside can offer. We understand here at the BQA that pets are just as much a part of the family and who are we to stop them joining in on the holiday? Which is why it is a completely pet friendly hotel, the restaurant and bar included. We even provide them with a complimentary doggie bed and treat box! Just to make them feel as special as we hope we make you feel.
So you’ve made it here to the very best dog friendly hotel Dumfries has to offer. What next? As you will notice if you do join us for a stay, dogs really are a central part of this hotel. So we know while you’re staying here, you’re going to want to be out and about. Panic not! Remember those walks? Here’s a little walk through of some of them.
Penpont and Keir mill
Penpont and Keir Mill are two smaller villages just outside Thornhill. This walk would on average take around an hour and a half to complete. The walk follows the riverside and passes through both villages. Following this route not only allows you the opportunity to see a range of wildlife along the river but also provides a snippet of history. Along the way you will come to a smithy, where the first pedal bike was developed!
The Striding Arches
The Striding Arches, designed by Andy Goldsworthy, were built in collaboration with the Cairnhead Community Forest Trust. In an effort to bring more people to the area and utilise this fantastic location as well as demonstrate Goldsworthy’s work the Striding Arches were built. They aim to bring together art and nature as well as promote the stunning countryside that we often can take for granted. The arches celebrate the history of the area and the walks are there for all to enjoy. So get your boots on at our Pet Friendly Hotel and then get going!
You couldn’t talk about areas to walk around Thornhill without of course mentioning Drumlanrig castle. The castle has spectacular grounds available for all to enjoy. Dogs are of course welcome but due to livestock in close proximity they must be kept on a lead at all times. There are 4 different walks for you to choose from if you so wish, of different intensities. To Beech Loch and back is a 2 km easy walk marked out with purple markers. Just to make sure you’re on the right track, quite literally, there are coloured markers for you to follow. Easy peasy. The Enchanted Forest is a little bit longer at 2.5km, also easy marked in red. Next up in the blue corner is the A Turn along the Marr Burn walk, which is 4 km long of moderate intensity. And finally the hard hitting Castle view walk is for those more experienced walkers as it is a strenuous 5km walk. Never worry though, there’s always a cold drink for you and your dogs waiting at the pet friendly hotel, the BQA once you’ve finished!
Durisdeer well path
For a more isolated and peaceful walk, Durisdeer is the one for you. Located 10km north of Thornhill, Durisdeer was once a highly used thoroughfare for the Romans. Part of this walk follows the very road they used. Didn’t I tell you the area had many hidden treasures? This is a longer trail at 6.5km which should take you around 1 hour 45 mins. Maps are available for you to follow should you so wish to take a trip down Roman memory lane!
Stay with us in the BQA, the most dog friendly hotel Dumfries can offer you and we would be more than happy to provide you with printed maps and routes of all the above walks and many more for you to follow. Check out our hotel offers and book your stay!